Monday, December 15, 2008

More on the HS Wood Bat Tourney....

*Nan-Ying 2B/SS Ping-Chieh Chen, (who is 5'11'', bats left-handed, is an above average runner, & is represented by Bros) had a good tournament and is being shopped around by Bros' representative Niba Chang (Che-Chin Chang). The reported asking price is $200-300 K. NYY scout Ken Su has already called and expressed interest.

*Niba Chang (Bros) is also shopping around Hualien PE HS RHP Chung-Cheng Chiang but so far has not had any team express interest because of reservations about possible injuries since Chiang was overworked (essentially abused) in the tourney.

*JB with an honest assessment of the amateur talent level in Taiwan.
Is there hope for the future? Well some fans in Taiwan are taking matters into their own hands and trying to revive the Golden Dragon Flag Baseball Tournament. (Website - in Chinese though)
The now-defunct tournament use to be funded by the TML, which provided great financial support. Essentially every school that had a baseball team or baseball club was able to participate and during those years the best generation of baseball players from Taiwan were produced: including LHP Kuo, RHP Tsao, CFC, RHP Wang, 1B/OF Peng, etc.. Of course, the TML no longers exists.

There was only 1 home run hit in the entire tourney (and it was an inside-the-park job). Wood bats have something to do with that matter, but the players' physical stature and the fact that some coaches place an emphasis on pitchers sacrificing velocity for command/control all contributed to a number of low-scoring affairs in the tourney.

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