Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Chiang - Eastern League Player of the Month

***Red Sox prospect Chih-Hsien Chiang has had one helluva season so far.   In addition to earning an invite to the Futures World All-Star team, he's also been selected to the Eastern League All-Star team (Chun-Hsiu Chen was also on the roster, but will not play due to injury), and was just picked the Eastern League Player of the Month for June
Read more about Chiang here, from

***Other minor leaguers off to good starts include: 
CC Lee - recently promoted to AAA (impressive K/9-BB ratio)
PC Chen - hitting at a .356 clip (scouting report)
FL Kuo - has 2 HRs in his first 9 games of the season

***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).

Wei-Chung Wang

***The Pirates inked C Chin-De Chang for ~ $250 K while LHP Wei-Chung Wang received ~ $350 K.  Reportedly, it was unclear if Wang would be able to pass his physical due to elbow issues.  Nonetheless, Wang did represent the Taiwanese national team at the World Port Tournament.   Taiwan won its first ever WPT title, defeating Cuba (did not send its top squad) 3 times in the tourney.  Han Lin was the tourney MVP, MPP, and the top hitter.
The senior NT will now participate in the World Baseball Challenge

***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.

1 comment:

Andy said...

Adding on to the junior league team... I just saw the gamelive gamecast from their first game against EMEA and I looked it up and a lot of the players on that team are from the Taoyuan team that made it to the LLWS finals. Good job to them. There should be a few others scattered like Wen-Hua Sung as he is on the other team that will be competing in a different overseas competition. Good to see them doing well.