Saturday, July 31, 2010

Junior NT Keeps On Rollin'...

*Call it the luck of the draw, but the junior NT finds itself in position to make a run at a medal.   Taiwan defeated Venezuela 9-0 on Wednesday to complete pool play.
By finishing 2nd in its pool and because of Cuba's upset loss to the Netherlands on that Wed., Taiwan found itself matched up against the #3 seed in the other pool - the Netherlands.  Behind Chun-Lin Kuo's CG,18 K! performance and IF Tzu-Wei Lin's clutch 3-run bomb, the NT rallied to defeat (4-2) an up-and-coming program in the junior Dutch team.
Taiwan will now play the Canadian junior NT (in their backyard) today at 4:00 PM Pacific in one semifinal. 
The game is scheduled to be shown online.

*The collegiate NT dropped its first game on Friday to Canada 3-2 at the WUBC.  The team will face the US tomorrow.

*The Dodgers released RHP Sung-Wei Tseng.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Youngsters Looking Good for the Junior NT....

*The junior NT defeated Italy 13-4 yesterday.  Box   The team (3-1) will look to wrap up second place in pool play today with a game against Venezuela.  (The team has already defeated both Italy and Australia - both teams are 2-2, who play each other today)

Racking up 3 more hits in yesterday's game for the junior NT was hot-hitting IF Che (Tzu) -Wei Lin.  Lin is the youngest fielder on the team (turned 16 in February).  Lin is currently among the tourney leaders in BA (.563), hits (9), runs scored (8), doubles (3),  & total bases (14).
Aside from a tremendous bat (hits lefty), the 5'8" speedster is an impressive defensive player with a strong arm (throws righty) as well.
Lin played on last year's youth NT (2009) and led the team with a .519 BA.  Representing Kao-Yuan HS, he was also the top hitter (.466) in this year's Yu-Shan Cup.


Also performing well for the junior NT is RHP Ping-Hsueh Chen.  Chen is currently the youngest player on the team (just turned 16 earlier this month).  Playing for HS powerhouse Ku-Pao, Chen has already racked up an impressive resume.  Like Lin, Chen was also on the 2009 youth NT, however unlike Lin, Chen is already pretty mature physically and stands in at 6'0" while weighing ~ 185 lbs.  He currently leads the team with 10 K's (including 3 K's against team USA in 1 inning of work) in 2 game appearances.  He's been clocked at at high of 91 mph.


*The collegiate NT lost its last warmup game (6-3) to team USA and top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole on Tuesday.  Box/Recap
Team USA head coach Bill Kinneberg has already commented that this year's Taiwanese collegiate NT is better than the 2007 edition that also competed in the WUBC.
Team USA played Taipei County today and is currently winning 9-1.
The collegiate NT has announced its final roster for the upcoming World University Baseball Championships.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Junior NT blanked by the US......

*The junior NT was shutout by the US junior NT 10-0 in 7.  Phillip Pfeifer (a top class of 2011 prospect) threw a 2-hit shutout against the junior NT lineup.
The team is now 2-1, a day after winning a wild one against Australia (13-11).

*The collegiate NT is 2-0 in its exhibition matches against the US. 
The team won 3-1 (Box/Recap) on Sunday and 1-0 (Box/Recap) today.   Wen-Yang Liao continues his impressive pitching performance (4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 6 K's against the US).

*CPBL All-Star game recap

Saturday, July 24, 2010

First Win for Junior NT...

*First off, congrats to J. Lin.   Good luck on your endeavours in the NBA.  Hopefully some day (soon), we'll see a Taiwanese American play in the Major Leagues.

*The junior NT defeated France in its opening game 11-1. 

*As already reported, the Bronco reps rallied to defeat South Korea and move on to the World Series in the Monterey, CA.
-The top pitcher award and home run king went to Shih-Peng Chen
-Chun-Hao Hsieh had the most RBI (13)
-Tourney MVP honors went to Hsin-Chun Lee

*Here's the rosters for the upcoming US/Taiwanese NT friendly series in Taiwan (7/25-7/28).  You can follow the games (to be played in Xinchuang Stadium) here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More Amateur Updates...

*The junior NT wrapped up its exhibition tour, defeating the St. Cloud Area Select All-Stars last night 6-4.  (Recap
The starter, Chun-Lin Kuo threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits while K'ing 5.  Reliever Wei-Chung Wang picked up the W, but only after he allowed 4 runs in his 3 1/3 innings of work.  Cheng-Han Tsai picked up the save.  The team is now on its way to Thunder Bay, Canada to kick off the World Junior Baseball Championships, which begin this Friday.   The team's first game is against France on Saturday.
-Read more about the junior NT

*Pony Baseball:
BRONCO - Taiwan defeated the Philippines 30-0 (in 5 innings) to set up a showdown against South Korea tomorrow.  South Korea defeated Japan 13-3 in the other semi.  The offense rolled up 26 hits while the pitching staff held the Filipino hitters to 1 hit.   Team ace Shih-Peng Chen is expected to start the game tomorrow.
PONY - Taiwan lost to Japan in the championship game, falling short by a 1-0 score.   Huai-Lin Tang started the game, a day after pitching in the team's victory against the Philippines.  Tang was clocked at a high of 84 mph.  Teammate Che-Wei Lin was elected the tourney's top hitter.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Amateur Updates...

*The junior NT defeated a Twin Cities HS All-Star squad 3-1 on Sunday.   The team managed 3 runs on 8 hits offensively while the pitching managed to hold the Twin Cities Select squad to 1 run on 5 hits.   Cheng-Han Tsai started and allowed 1 run on 3 hits over 3 IP, while K'ing 4 and walking 3.  Shi-Ying Peng relieved Tsai and threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, while K'ing 1.   Chia-Wei Huang closed out the game (pitching the last 3 innings) and was credited with the W (0 H, 2 K's).   He was clocked at a high of 88 mph.*edited

The junior NT also picked up a W against the Canadian junior NT yesterday in a 4-0 win.  The offense racked up 9 hits, while the hurlers shutout their opponent on 4 hits.  OF Tse-Wei Ko led the way offensively with 3 hits in 4 AB's.  The pitching staff racked up 16 K's (Ping-Hsueh Chen started - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 6 K's, 2 BB's/ recent Twins signee Hung-Yi Chen relieved PH Chen - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K's, credited with the W/ Kuo-Hua Lo closed out the game - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K's).
The junior NT played the St. Cloud All-Stars today.

*Regarding Bronco (Pony) baseball in the Asia-Pacific regional, Taiwan shutout its remaining 2 opponents in the pool to set up a semifinal against the Philippines.   South Korea and Japan are playing in the other semi. On Monday, the team crushed Indonesia 34-0.  The offense rolled up 28 hits including home runs by Chun-Hao Hsieh and two-way star Shih-Peng Chen.    Taiwan defeated Vietnam 17-0 today.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Opening Win in Bronco Baseball....

*Taiwan defeated Japan 5-0 in the opening game of the Asia-Pacific regional tourney in the Bronco division of Pony baseball.   Shih-Peng Chen (pictured above) started and threw a CG shutout, giving up 4 hits while K'ing 5 over 7 innings.  The lefty was clocked at a high of 73 mph.

*The collegiate NT finished 2-6 in the Netherlands.  IF Po-Ting Hsiao led all hitters with a .500 BA and a .571 OBP.  He was second in slugging (.583).  P Wen-Yang Liao had the most K's in the tourney (14) and was 5th in ERA (1.12).
Team's final stats.

*The junior NT's warmup match with the USA was rained out yesterday.  The team was scheduled to play the Twin Cities High School All-Stars today and will play the Canadian junior NT tomorrow.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Movin' On to the Good 'Ol US of A.........

Taiwan is sending two reps to the US in the LL baseball organization.   Fu-Hsing LL from Kaohsiung City won the Asia-Pacific regional tourney, blanking its 5 opponents 46-0, and will receive plenty of TV time in Williamsport.  Chung-Ching Jr. LL from Taipei City won the Asia-Pacific regional tourney in JL baseball.  Chung-Ching will head to Taylor, MI after beating its opponents by an 86-6 margin.

In the Pony baseball organization, three teams will try to duplicate their LL brethrens' feats.   In the Bronco division, the team's toughest opponent in its pool is its opening game against Japan on the 18th.  Team ace Shih-Peng Chen is expected to start against Japan.  South Korea is in the other pool.

Shih-Peng Chen (L) pictured with Head Coach

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ups and Downs.....

HW Chen was moved up to AAA (he was a Southern League - AA All-Star).
KH Lo was demoted to high A ball.
YL Wang was demoted to R ball.
Nice read on CT Tang.

*One-time top pitching prospect RHP Chia-Ming Huang had TJ surgery.  Prior to his surgery, the kid was on the radar for quite a few ML clubs.

Taiwan defeated South Korea 3-0 to conclude pool play.  The team will now face the winner of the Philippines-Hong Kong matchup for the right to head to Williamsport.

Junior League Baseball (ages 13-15):
Chung-Ching Junior LL will play the Philippines tomorrow for the right to head to Taylor, MI.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7/13 Updates....

*Kuo pitched in the All-Star Game, throwing 2/3 of an inning.  The NL won 3-1. 

*Taiwan will host the first ever IBAF sponsored world LL tourney next year.

*The collegiate NT won its first game in Holland, defeating Japan 3-1. Box
Taiwan is 3-0, setting up a showdown with undefeated South Korea tomorrow in the A-P LLWS regionals.

*Some bad news: Tigers minor leaguer Hua-Wei Lo had TJ surgery.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Congrats to Kuo!

On being Taiwan's first ML All-Star rep!

Brief Updates...

*The CNMI LL reps journey is over before it even began.   Taiwan's first scheduled opponent in the LL A-P regionals were stuck in Manila and I'm assuming they're out of the tourney.
Taiwan is scheduled to play Thailand today.

*The collegiate NT is 0-2 over in the Netherlands:
3-1 loss to the US team
1-0 loss to the home team

*The XM All-Star Futures Game takes place today in Anaheim, CA.   Watch and follow Chun-Hsiu Chen at 3 PM Pacific on ESPN2.

*Here's a list of the velocities recorded by Taiwanese MLB/MILB pitchers this year :
>LHP H. Kuo top 98, avg 93-96
>RHP C. Lee top 98, avg 91-93
>RHP CJ Lo top 97, avg 91-94
>RHP Y. Chang top 94, avg 88-92
>RHP H. Chen top 93, avg 87-91
>RHP Y. Wang top 93, avg 87-92
>RHP S. Kuo top 93, avg 88-91
>RHP CL Lo top 92, avg 87-90
>RHP T. Wang top 92, avg 86-89
>RHP S. Hung top 91, avg 86-89
>LHP H. Lo top 91, avg 87-90
>LHP F. Ni top 90, avg 85-88
>RHP P. Chi top 89, avg 85-87
>LHP T. Chiu top 88, avg 84-87
>RHP S. Tseng top 88, avg 82-86
>RHP Huang injured, s/p surgery
>RHP Wang injured, s/p surgery

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Some Bad Breaks...

Some not so new news.....
*Chin-Lung Hu is out 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb.

*Fu-Te Ni was demoted.

And something you may not have heard yet.....
*Rumor has it that RHP Min-Tzu Chen was signed by the Mariners for $350K but he did not pass his physical.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Tourney Updates....

*Regarding the 2010 World Junior Championships in July/August:  the schedule has been set.   Taiwan is grouped with Australia, France, Italy, USA, and Venezuela. (The TEAM)
7/24 - vs. France
7/25 - vs. Australia
7/26 - vs. USA
7/27 - vs. Italy
7/28 - vs. Venezuela

*The Asia-Pacific regionals for Little League baseball will go on in Indonesia July 10th-15th.
Taiwan is grouped with Indonesia, Guam, CNMI, Thailand, and South Korea. (The TEAM)
7/10 - vs. CNMI
7/11 - vs. Thailand
7/12 - vs. Indonesia
7/13 - vs. Guam
7/14 - vs. South Korea
The championship game will take place on 7/15 with the winner of both groups facing off for the right to head to Williamsport.

*The Asia-Pacific zone for Bronco baseball (Pony) will take place July 18th - 22nd in Taipei, Taiwan.
Taiwan is grouped with Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.   Taiwan will have to finish in the top 2 of its pool to play in the semifinals on the 21st.  The championship game will take place on the 22nd. (The TEAM)

-The Asia-Pacific zone for Pony baseball will take place the 18th-23rd of July in the Philippines. (The TEAM)

-Taipei, Taiwan will host the Asia-Pacific zone for Palomino baseball 7/18-7/23. (The TEAM)

*The 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tourney is right around the corner 7/9 - 7/18.   (The TEAM)
7/9 - vs. USA
7/10 - vs. Netherlands
7/12 - vs. Cuba
7/13 - vs. Venezuela
7/16 - vs. Japan

The team will then head home and play a 4 game set against team USA 7/25 - 7/28 in preparation for the WUBC.

They will then head to Japan for the WUBC 7/30 - 8/7.  Taiwan is grouped with Canada, USA, and Sri Lanka.
7/30 - vs. Canada
8/1 - vs. USA
8/2 - vs. Sri Lanka

*Nan-Ying HS won the Golden Dragon Cup in the HS division, defeating Cheng-Kung HS 6-2 in the championship game.  Chia-Hao Sung picked up the W in the championship game and led the tourney with 2 W's and a 1.125 ERA - he was the all-tourney selection as the top pitcher.  Teammate Wei-Hao Chen was the tourney MVP. 
Ku-Pao HS earned 3rd place by defeating Chang-Hua HS 11-1.  Fielder Huang-Yi Lin of Chang-Hua HS led the tourney with a .478 BA.