Sunday, March 22, 2009

HS Tourney Notes....

*NY INF Fu-Lin Kuo was a disappointment despite making the all-tourney team; he hit poorly in the game against Chia-Yi HS, a team with subpar talent. Kuo is represented by Octagon's Kelvin Lee, who signed the kid through Nan-Ying HS coach Chen's assistance.

*Kuo's teammate - NY 2B Ping-Chieh Chen had an impressive tourney, regaining some of the lost luster to his top prospect billing. His only problem is whether he can stay at 2B with his lack of agility & range defensively. The Phillies scout in Taiwan spoke with the Nan-Ying HS coach about Chen, who is represented by Bros Sports.

*SY side-armer Po-Cheng Chi strained his shoulder in the tourney but despite this, coach Huang used him in the semi-final game. Not surprisingly, Chi got roughed up against Nan-Ying. His velocity in the tourney was 84-85 mph.

*SH RHP Yao-Lin Wang showed better command in his outing, flashing an average slider, and demonstrated good athleticism on the mound. His velocity was around 87-89 mph, topping out at 90 mph. It appears several teams might be interested in him including the Cubs, Mariners, and D-Rays.

***Congrats to both South Korea and Japan for making it to the championship game of the WBC. I guess it was "destiny" as Ichiro deemed it that the two Asian baseball powers would be the last two standing.

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