Thursday, December 08, 2011

2011 Wood Bat Tourney

The 2011 Wood Bat Tourney is underway.   37 HS teams are partaking in the annual tourney.   Some of the top names to watch include the usual suspects:  Tzu-Wei Lin, Jung-Hung Sen, and Ren-He Tseng.

Lin was recently named the 2010 world junior player of the year by the IBAF.   The Kao-Yuan product is hands down the top HS prospect in the country.  Formerly linked to the Yankees, he is currently being watched by reps from a lot of MLB squads including the Yankees, Red Sox, D-Rays, Twins, Indians, A's, Braves, Mariners, Pirates, Rangers, and Cubs in the tourney.  Many are speculating that his signing bonus will exceed the $400 K offer from the Yankees, potentially making him one of the highest non-pitcher signings from Taiwan (CFC signed for $680 K in '99 while CH Lin signed for $400 K in '07).

As for Sen, he pitched 2 scoreless innings yesterday for Ping-Zhen, K'ing 3 and topped out at 91 mph.

Tseng is currently pitching for San-Min (Chih-Hsien Chiang's alma mater).   He's also been clocked in the 150's (kph).   Tseng was earlier linked to the A's this year.   He was on this year's junior NT and faced South Korea in the Asian Championships.   Over 9+  innings, he allowed 4 runs (only 2 were earned) on 5 hits.  He also K'd 8 in the 4-3, 10 inning loss.  

*Speaking of the A's.  They (local scout - Adam Hislop) are reportedly to be aggressively pursuing an undersized LHP (tops 88) at Qiang-Shu HS in Taipei City.

*RHP Chen-Hua Lin had a workout with the Softbank Hawks back in November
This was arranged via the CTBA.    There may be an offer for a developmental contract but nothing is definitive yet.

*The Orix Buffaloes are pursuing Lions middle relief man Ming-Chieh Hsu.

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