Read more about Chiang here, from Soxprospects.com.
***Other minor leaguers off to good starts include:
CC Lee - recently promoted to AAA (impressive K/9-BB ratio)
***IN THE NPB: After a hot start with the Fighters, DK Yang has cooled down considerably. He's currently at .268 with 2 HRs and 15 RBI. The good news is that he is still starting for the Fighters in the OF and is frequently in the lead-off spot.
Dragons LHP Wei-Yin Chen is still trying to find his groove after working his way back from an early season injury. He's currently 2-6, but does have a 2.73 ERA.
***The Minnesota Twins have signed RHP Kuo-Hua Lo (former San-Hsin HS star).
***Shi-Yuan HS RHP Lee-Wei Chiang will potentially require elbow surgery (TJ).
***Mariners prospect Yao-Wen Chang had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
***Kao-Yuan HS IF Tzu-Wei Lin was clocked at 3.7 s going from home to first in the recent Yu-Shan Cup. As a LHH, that still puts Lin in some elite company (80 category with Ichiro).
***Stiff jail sentences were handed out to former CPBL/national team stars Chih-Chia Chang and Chih-Yuan Chen for their involvement in the CPBL game-fixing scandal.
***With all of the not-so-good news about Kuo and Hu (bad bouts of the Yips), Chien-Ming Wang seems to be on the right path in resurrecting his career.
***Taiwan will defend its title at the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Michigan. Taiwan won the Asia-Pacific Regionals, defeating Hong Kong 24-1, the Philippines 25-2, and Indonesia 22-0 in the preliminary rounds. The team then blanked the Philippines in the A-P championship game 24-0. Starting pitcher Chuan-Yu Hsu was the star, earning the W after blanking the opponents over 3 IP with 5 K's. He also had 4 hits.
***The inaugural IBAF "A" World Championship kicks off on Friday.
Taiwan will face:
1)7/8 - vs. Cuba
2)7/9 - vs. Ecuador
3)7/10 - vs. Japan
4)7/11 - vs. Lithuania
5)7/14 - vs. Brazil
6)7/15 - vs. Hong Kong
The boys will need to finish in the top 2 of their group in order to advance to the semifinals taking place 7/16. The championship and consolation games will take place 7/17. Mexico and Korea are in the other pool group and in an interesting side note, there is NO US representative.
***The Taiwanese LL reps will also attempt to make their way back to Williamsport. The team plays in the Asia-Pacific Regionals beginning July 9th. The team is in pool A with Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, and New Zealand. Pool B heavyweight South Korea is grouped with host Guam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and CNMI.
1)7/9 - vs. Australia
2)7/10 - vs. New Zealand
3)7/11 - vs. Singapore
4)7/12 - vs. Thailand
5)7/13 - vs. Indonesia
Again, the team will need to finish in the top 2 of its pool to play in the semis on the 14th of July.
The championship and consolation games will take place on 7/15.