Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Cubs Ink Another, Signing Ping-Chieh Chen.....
The Cubs continue to stay busy in Asia (& Taiwan) by inking their 5th player from the island (including HW Chen, CH Wen (has been released), HH Tsai (had his contract voided), & YL Wang). Ping-Chieh Chen is the second player on the 2009 junior NT to sign with a ML team (joining Yao-Lin Wang). He received a ~ $300 K signing bonus.
*PC Chen's album/site
PC Chen Bio:
HS: Nan-Ying Vocational HS (famous alumni include: HC Kuo, CL Hu, CH Lin, YW Kuo, WC Huang, and KW Cheng)
W: ~160 pounds
(probably won't be able to stay at 2B, doesn't have good agility/lateral movement or range)
Best Tool: Speed - an above average runner - contrary to the reported 3.53 home to 1B time, Chen is closer to a 3.9 from the left side (slightly slower than CH Lin was at the same age). He has run the 60 yards in ~ 6.7 seconds. (Scouting scale for speed)
Needs to Work on: improving strength as he matures - has little to no power at this time
For more past archived info on Chen, go here.