-In a media interview with NYY scout Ken Su, Su noted that progress is being made in the amateur ranks, especially at the HS level. The progress was attributed to the special camps/training with MLB personnel over these past few years. Currently in the HS Wood Bat Tourney (the field has been narrowed down to 16 teams), 4 home runs have been hit in the preliminary matches. In the past two wood bat tourneys, no home runs had left the yard.
Remember Chia-An Huang? Well, his younger brother (#25) is currently making a name for himself after a nice outing against Kao-Yuan HS. Sheng-Chieh Huang, despite taking the loss against Kao-Yuan, K'd 7 in 5.2 innings and was clocked around ~ 87 mph. The 17 year old, who stands in at 6'1" attends Ta-Cheng HS in Miaoli.*Edited
-Gao-Nong slugger Chin-De Chang is likely to sign after HS. Aside from Chang, RHP Kuo-Hua Lo of San-Hsin HS is the other top name in the tourney. Both are expected to garner MLB signing bonus offers in the 150-200 K range per media speculation. Other names mentioned as ones to keep an eye on included: San-Min HS LHP Yi-Hsiang Lin, Ku-Pao HS INF Po-Rong (Jung) Wang, Gao-Nong HS RHP 6'5" Che-Wei Kao, and Kao-Yuan HS RHP/OF Kuo-Lin Lo, the younger brother of Mariners farmhand Kuo-Hui Lo.
-Chih-Sheng Lin is not in good standings with his CPBL club.
-CPBL ST is underway.
-Former Red Sox farmhand Chia-Chu Chen is now training with the Lamigo Monkeys; he will serve in the military this summer and then make himself eligible for the CPBL draft after finishing his military service.