Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 CPBL Draft Results.....

Round 1:
1)En-Yu Lin (Elephants) - formerly with the Cobras/Eagles
2)Keng-Hao Chang (Bulls) - ex-HS star
3)Chu-Kuan Lee (Bears) - played in the ABL
4)Ching-Hao Tsai (Lions)
Round 2:
1)Chi-Hao Chang (Elephants)
2)Cheng-Lung Lo (Bulls)
3)Chun-Chieh Kuo (Bears)
4)Chi-Hsiang Lin (Lions)
Round 3:
1)Wei-Chien Chen (Elephants)
2)Shao-Ying Meng (Bulls)
3)Chia-Wei Lin (Bears)
4)Yuan-Chin Chu (Lions)
Round 4:
1)Fan-Shuo Chen (Elephants)
2)Chih-Ming Chuo (Bulls)
3)Yu-Chi Hsiao (Bears)
4)Chia-Jung He (Ho) (Lions)
Round 5:
1)Chia-Ming Huang (Elephants)
2)Hsien-Hsien Yang (Bulls)
3)Hsiu-Wei Kuo (Bears)
4)Wai-Jen Cheng (Lions)

The draft had 10 full rounds followed by the 11th round where the first 3 teams picked players. Rounds 12-19 saw only the Elephants pick up a player in each round. In all, 51 players were drafted. The Lions drafted two siblings of famous players: Yu-Chieh Tseng (Sung-Wei Tseng's bro) in the 7th round and Kuo-Hua Lo (Kuo-Hui Lo's bro) in the 9th round.
Read more about the draft here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Phillies to Sign OF CJ Lee.......

According to Taiwanese news outlets, the Philadelphia Phillies will be signing Leader University OF Chia-Jung (Rong) Lee. Lee, the #4 hitter for Leader U. will receive a comprehensive signing bonus (including tuition) of ~ $100 K. He would become the second Taiwanese player to sign with the Phils (Yen-Feng Lin was the first and is no longer with the organization).
The 21 year old does have some power; he led the Association Cup (back in November) in HR's. Here's a vid of him taking one out of the park (grand slam) in that tourney:

DOB: 11/3/88
H: 5'11"
W: 174
Wears # 99
*Leader U. lost today to TaiPower 3-1 in the College Cup. Performing well for TaiPower were former HS stars P Yi-Shan Deng (or Teng/8 IP, 1 R, 3 H) and SS Po-Ting Hsiao (had a few hits on the night).
*Former junior NT and Ku-Pao star RHP Keng-Hao Chang has decided that he will make himself available for the upcoming CPBL draft. He would be one of the top picks alongside En-Yu Lin.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

12/22 News and Notes....

*Rumor has it that Octagon is asking for $1 million for RHP Rong-Hao Hsieh. Hsieh touched 90 mph in a game last week.

*Ku-Pao SS Tung-Jung Wu returned home to Taiwan after having difficulty securing a scholarship to enter college in Japan.

*The Taoyuan County Aerotropolis baseball team was stripped of its Association Cup title won in November because of its association with a banned player - Chun-Chiang Kao. The team's manager Chu-Ming Lee was suspended for one year.

*The Sinon Bulls released veteran C and one time NT regular Chun-Chang Yeh. Yeh is also the CPBL players association commish. Star slugger Tai-Shan Chang (Tarzan) received a 30% cut in his salary (from 331 K NT/month > 233 K NT/month).

*The Sinon Bulls did manage to ink slugger Tsung-Chun Wu, their 4th round draft pick in '08. Wu received a 3.5 million NT (~$108 K USD) signing bonus and will make 90 K NT (~$2,800 USD) a month. Wu was the star of the '09 NT at the ABC and was also the '09 CPBL minor league HR champ.

*Chung-Dao HS, which was in danger of disbanding for economic reasons not too long ago has found two sponsors for the next 3 years. Chung-Dao finished 4th in the recently competed wood bat tourney.

*The island's international little league level tourney (Chu-Lo Cup) kicks off tomorrow. 117 teams are expected to participate in the competition with 9 teams coming from Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. A team from Kyoto, Japan won last year's tournament.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ku-Pao.....2009 HBT Wood Bat Champs!

Ku-Pao defeated Kao-Yuan 9-1 in 7 innings on Sunday to sweep the 2 game series (best of 3 ) and earn bragging rights as the '09 HBT Wood Bat champs.

Ku-Pao RHP starter Chun-Lung Chang held Kao-Yuan to 1 run (unearned) on 6 hits over 7 IP (5 K's, 3 BB's). The 16 year old, who was clocked at a high of 90 mph, was a member of this year's '09 youth national team. KP LF Jui-Lin Chang was 3-4 with a 2B and 2 RBI.

Kao-Yuan starter Sheng-Nan Chen wasn't so fortunate as he was shelled in his 5 innings of work (7 runs - 6 ER, 11 H, 2 K's, 3 BB's). In all fairness to Chen, he was pitching on one day of rest after throwing a CG on Friday.

UDN reported that reps/scouts from 15 MLB teams were present at the tourney.

Nice read on Che-Hsuan Lin. More news on Lin.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kao-Yuan and Ku-Pao to play for Wood Bat Tourney Title...

Kao-Yuan defeated Tung-Shih 7-1 in one semifinal on Friday. KY starter Sheng-Nan Chen threw a CG, allowing 1 unearned run on 1 hit over 9 IP (6 K's, 2 BB's) to pick up his 3rd win in the tourney. KY 1B Chi-Hung Hsu backed up Chen's dominating performance with a 3-3, 2B, 2 BB's, 4 RBI night.

In the other semi, Ku-Pao beat Chung-Dao 4-2. Ku-Pao SS Tung-Jung Wu is back in Taiwan after playing the previous 2 years in Japan. Wu was the star of the '04 Bronco World Series team and a member of the '07 youth NT. Wu was 2-3 with a RBI in the game.

The two finalists will face off in a best of 3 series starting today.
(Ku-Pao defeated Kao-Yuan 5-2 in G1)
(Tung-Shih defeated Chung-Dao 4-3 in 10 innings for third place)
(Shi-Yuan beat Mei-Ho 3-1 in 10 innings for 5th)
(Qiang-Shu beat Gao-Nong 5-3 for 7th)

Fu-Lin Kuo's comprehensive signing package with the Yankees includes tuition and approaches ~$200 K combined.

RHP Wen-Hao Cheng topped out at 89 mph recently in the collegiate tourney. He is learning Japanese as he hopes to play in the NPB one day.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Another High Profile Falling Star.......

The final 4 is taking shape in the HS Wood Bat Tourney.
Kao-Yuan is in the final 4 after a come-from-behind 7-2 win today. Inheriting a 2 run deficit, Kao-Yuan reliever Chao-Wei Yu threw 9 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits while K'ing 12 & walking 5 batters.
Kao-Yuan received another dominating pitching performance from lefty Sheng-Nan Chen on Tuesday. Chen threw a CG 1 hit shutout (9 K's, 2 BB's) in leading his team to a 4-0 win. The '09 junior NT member was clocked at a high of 90 mph.
Also punching its own ticket to the final 4 was Tung-Shih HS. Tung-Shih was able to earn its first ever F4 appearance after defeating Mei-Ho 5-1 today. Chi-Yu Tsai picked up his 3rd win of the tourney, throwing a CG - allowing 1 run on 2 hits.
Tung-Shih and Kao-Yuan will play each other in the semifinals.
The remaining 4 teams fighting for a spot in the final 4 are:
1)Ku-Pao vs. Shi-Yuan
2)Gao-Nong vs. Chung-Dao
These 4 teams will face off tomorrow (17th).

One time NT star Chih-Chia Chang is no longer employed by the Bears. Read more on the topic.
So far all of the high profile names previously mentioned have come under intense scrutiny and are no longer in the CPBL. We'll have to wait and see what the deal is with Bulls slugger Chia-Hsien Hsieh.

Speaking of the Bulls, CPBL ROY/MVP Yi-Chuan Lin received a 100% raise. He'll make 220,000 NT/month (~$6,800 USD) in 2010. Fellow Bulls rookie and 10 game winner - RHP Ko-Chien Lin also received a hefty raise (110 K NT/mo in '09 > 180 K NT/mo in '10).

There are 6 teams (3 from the NL and 3 from the AL) interested in CMW. One of those teams is the Mets.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yen-Feng Lin Signs with the Marines....CMW and Yankees Bid Adieu.......

One time Philadelphia Phillies farmhand, RHP Yen-Feng Lin has signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines in the NPB, becoming the first Taiwanese player in history to sign with both an NPB and MLB club. Lin will receive a 10 million yen signing bonus (~ $112 K USD) with an annual salary of 2.4 million yen (~ $27 K USD). His contract includes incentive bonuses as well. He will fly to join the team in early January.

It's time for CMW to say bye bye to the NYY.

A WTF story regarding the Dodgers/Jeff Fuller/Justin Chou and Taiwan

4 more teams have been eliminated from the tourney. Advancing on to the next round (3) are:
8)Hualien PE

Teams 5-12 will play on the 15th to help determine the final 8 teams.
Despite winning only one game in round 2, Nan-Ying managed to survive and advance with a 3-0 victory on Friday. Nan-Ying starter Cheng-Han Tsai was clutch as he threw a CG shutout (9 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 4 K's, 3 BB's) against Cheng-Kung HS. Tsai is a senior and is said to have a fb that tops out in the 89-90 mph range.
Another player who raised some eyebrows in the tourney was Gao-Nong LHP Cheng-Ju Hsieh. The 16 year old started and picked up a W (6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 8 K's, 0 BB's) as he helped lead Gao-Nong to a 2-0 win over Tung-Shih Friday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

HS Notes.....

Wood Bat Tourney:
Stage 2 Standings - through 12/9:
1)Tung-Shih 2-0
2)Hualien PE 2-0
3)Qiang-Shu 2-0
4)Mei-Ho 2-0
5)Ku-Pao 2-0
6)Kao-Yuan 1-1
7)Hua-Te 1-1
8)Shi-Yuan 1-1
9)Tung-Der 1-1
10)Chung-Dao 1-1
11)Gao-Nong 1-1
12)Ping-Zhen 0-2
13)Cheng-Kung 0-2
14)Nan-Ying 0-2
15)Hsin-She 0-2
16)Chiayi 0-2

*Traditional HS powerhouse Nan-Ying is struggling in round 2 of the WBT. Despite Tuesday's 6-3 loss, Nan-Ying RHP Chia-Hao Sung touched 89 mph in his outing. He threw 1.2 scoreless/hitless innings of relief, K'ing 3 & walking 1.

Vid of Sung from earlier this year (2/09)

*Yankees scouts Ken Su and Donny Rowland are working out former Gao-Nong star INF/DH Wei-Da Su today in Taiwan. Su was once a top prospect but has had issues with finding a defensive position. Some have also questioned his work ethic. He is now represented by Octagon (was formerly with WMG - Charlie Yang).

Monday, December 07, 2009

Yen-Feng Lin: Making the Jump from the US to Japan......

Wood Bat Tourney:
Stage 2 Results:
Sunday 12-6
1)Gao-Nong 2 - Ping-Zhen 1 (Chin-De Chang was 0-3 and was behind the plate)

2)Kao-Yuan 10 - Chiayi 3

3)Tung-Der 3 - Hsin-She 1

4)Hualien PE 8 - Nan-Ying 5

Former Phillies farmhand Yen-Feng Lin has said in news reports that he will play in Japan next year. He is still in the process of negotiating a $$$ amount with an undisclosed NPB club at this time.

The player formerly known as Chung-Shou Yang will be working out with teammate Yu Darvish in the offseason.

CMW News

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Reds Sign Po-Cheng Chi......

The Cincinnati Reds signed their third player from Taiwan (TK Chiu, YW Kuo), this time inking RHP Po-Cheng Chi. The sidearmer (tops out at 90 mph) received ~ $100 K signing bonus. Chi throws a slider, changeup, sinker, and split-finger fb.

Chi represented the country during the 2008 Palomino World Series. Po was linked to the Reds earlier in the year (although the article did link his teammate Hung with the wrong team; Hung ended up signing with the Pirates and not the Twins).


*The final field of 16 kicks off today (6th) in the Wood Bat HS Tourney.

*Yi-Cheng Wang had his press announcement regarding his 3 year deal with the BayStars. There was no sign of Wen-Hao Cheng, leading one to assume that he didn't come to terms with the BayStars.

*Sinon Bulls IF Yi-Chuan Lin cleaned house at the CPBL annual awards ceremony. Not only did he win ROY honors but he became the third rookie in league history to also win league MVP honors (RHP En-Yu Lin last doubled up in 2005; P Chun-Yang Tsao first accomplished the feat in '99). He also won the RBI crown, a gold glove at 1B, and a best 9+DH award (at 1B). Lin earned 330 K NT (~$10,300 USD) in bonuses for his numerous postseason awards.

Bears sluggers CS Lin and CFC also earned best 9+DH awards at their respective positions (SS and DH).

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Yankees Sign INF Fu-Lin Kuo.....

Well, it took a while, but the NY Yankees (local scout: Ken Su) finally got around to signing their second player out of Taiwan (CMW was their first and only signing back in 2000). 18 year old INF (played 3B in HS)Fu-Lin Kuo was inked to a ~$150 K signing bonus by the MLB World Champs. The Octagon client (rep: Kelvin Lee) is a former junior ('08) and youth ('06) NT member. He joins recent Cubs signee INF Ping-Chieh Chen as another player from HS powerhouse Nan-Ying to sign with a ML club.


Friday, November 27, 2009

BayStars Sign Yi-Cheng Wang and Wen-Hao Cheng....

YC Wang

The Yokohama BayStars signed LHP Yi-Cheng Wang for a reported ~$208 K ($138.5 K signing bonus + $69.25 K yearly salary). Read more about Wang here.

YC Wang recently partook in a charity auction that assisted in aiding the recovery from the August typhoon disaster. The list of 15 baseball celebs that participated in the event read like a who's who of Taiwanese baseball stars who play overseas including but not limited to: Chien-Ming Wang, Hong-Chih Kuo, Wei-Yin Chen, Fu-Te Ni, Che-Hsuan Lin, Chin-Lung Hu, Chia-Jen Lo, Yung-Chi Chen.

WH Cheng

Yokohama was also reported to have signed RHP Wen-Hao Cheng. Cheng would receive a reported ~ $23 K a year as part of the deal. Read more about the former junior star here. Interestingly enough, Cheng and his agent denied his signing as reported by the Liberty Times.

The official press announcement for the signings is expected to be some time next week (December 4th).

Other News:
*CJ Lo was ranked the #5 prospect in the Astros' farm system by BA

*In the Wood Bat Tourney, San-Hsin won 4-0 on Friday. San-Hsin appears to have another pro prospect on its pitching staff (three members of last year's pitching staff have already signed with ML clubs: Yao-Lin Wang, Tzu-An Wang, Hua-Wei Lo). Righty Kuo-Hua Lo came on in relief in Friday's game and was clocked at a high of 91 mph. Lo threw 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing no hits while K'ing 4 and walking one.

Lo also pitched in today's 3-2 loss to Cheng-Kung HS. His line: (5.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 6 K's, 0 BB's).

Chiayi HS won a 4-3 decision on Friday. Leading the way was RHP Yu-Fan Tsai. Tsai allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 9 innings on 3 hits. He also K'd 13 while walking 6.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

San-Hsin Earns First HS Tourney Championship.....

San-Hsin defeated Ku-Pao 3-1 in the Care Cup HS championship game to earn its first ever HS tourney championship (San-Hsin first founded its baseball team in June of 2003). SP Ting-Hao Lin (W, 5 IP, 1 R) combined with ace Kuo-Hua Lo to shut down the potent Ku-Pao bats.
Cheng-Kung HS shut out Ping-Zhen HS 3-0 in the 3rd place game.
*Pei-Nan of Taitung County won the LL division of the Care Cup championship , defeating its opponent 18-3 4 inning affair in the championship game.
*Shun-Chung Yang of Da-De HS hit the first HR (1-2, 3 RBI) of the Wood Bat Tourney. He helped his team to a 8-1 win on the 23rd. Despite the victory, Da-De HS (1W - 2 L in the preliminary round) did not advance to the next stage (Round 1) of the tourney.
The 16 teams participating in the first round (11/24-11/29) include:
1)Kao-Yuan HS
2)Tainan Marine Vocational HS
3)Tung-Der HS
4)Chuen-Chow HS
5)San-Min HS
6)Hua-Te HS
7)Hualien PE HS
8)Tao-Yuan HS
9)Yi-Feng HS
10)San-Hsin HS
11)Hsin-She HS
12)Da-Li HS
13)Cheng-Kung HS
14)Tung-Shih HS
15)Chia-Yi HS
16)Shan-Hua HS


Chih-Lung Huang press announcement pic

Huang's agent, Jerry Sung made a few interesting comments to the news press. He reported that Huang's highest MLB offer was $175 K (news reports are now stating that CL Huang received an initial ~ $226K signing bonus from the Giants). Sung also stated that Huang is only ~ 80% recovered from a previous injury resulting in his fb losing a few ticks (~90 mph).

Monday, November 23, 2009

News Briefs...

Association Cup:
San-Hsin and Ku-Pao will play in the (HS) championship game.

Kueishan Elementary School (finished 2nd at the LLWS), is participating at the LL level in the tourney.

Che-Hsuan Lin getting some love from Project Prospect - ranking him as the 6th best CF prospect in all of MILB.

Yen-Feng Lin had his tryout with the BayStars in Japan.

Update on WY Chen

Saturday, November 21, 2009

News and Updates...

Youth NT:

Chih-Wei Hu

A youth NT (majority of the kids are from Ping-Zhen jr HS in Taoyuan) representing Taiwan swept a 3 game set against a youth all-star squad from Japan.

The first game took place on the 19th. SP Chih-Wei Hu ('09 WYC/World Youth Championships NT, W, 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 K's) and reliever Chun-Yen Wang combined on a 4 hit shutout as Taiwan won 4-0 in game 1.

Game 2 took place on the 20th. Taiwan won 14-2. SP Keng-Sheng Lee allowed 1 R on 2 H over 5 IP to pick up the W.

Game 3 was played on Saturday. The NT rallied for a 10-9 win.

Youth NT Roster:
1)RHP Keng-Sheng Lee ('09 WYC NT)
2)C Chin-Lung Chang ('09 WYC NT)
3)IF Chi-Yang Peng
4)IF Yu-Hung Hsiao
5)IF Tsung-Hsien Lee
6)IF Lu-An Chang (related to Chung-Shou Yang, the 15 year old is heading to Fukuoka, Japan next year for school )
7)OF Shao-Wei Chen (09 JBL NT - star of the JBL squad)
8)OF Yu-Ping Sen (09 JBL NT - has run a 23.23 200 M time)
9)OF Chih-Feng Huang
10)RHP Chun-Yen Wang
11)LHP Jung-Hung Sen
12)RHP Chia-Ming Cheng
13)RHP Chih-Chieh Su
14)RHP Tsai-Chuan Hsu (09 JBL NT)
15)RHP Chih-Wei Hsu ('09 WYC NT)
16)OF Yen-Chang Lee
17)C Kui-Hung Kao
18)RHP Yu-Hsiang Keng (09 JBL NT)

Care Cup (Kuan-Huai/Aboriginal Tourney):
San-Hsin RHP Kuo-Hua Lo ('09 junior NT) cracked the first HR in the tourney. He also was clocked at a high of 92 mph. San-Hsin won that game 7-2. 36 teams are competing in the tourney which is going on simultaneously with the preliminary rounds of the Wood Bat Tourney.

*Although Chih-Lung Huang signed an ikusei contract for $100 K, he has some bonus incentives in his clause that would pay him up to 50 million yen over 2 years should he make it to the big league club. His contract was negotiated between the "Giants" (Yomiuri and U.S. Giants).

*CMW Update

Friday, November 20, 2009

Huang to the Giants.....

The Yomiuri Giants inked RHP Chih-Lung Huang to an ikusei contract for ~ $100 K.

There was speculation earlier last month that Huang was close to a deal with a pro team. It looks like Huang got his wish to play in Japan and the Giants nabbed a kid that they had been following for a while.

DOB: 2/22/89
H: 5'9"
W: 165
Peak Velocity: 95 mph

*The latest on the CPBL scandal: this time involving the La New Bears. (Chih-Tsung Chiang is Red Sox minor leaguer Chih-Hsien Chiang's older bro)

*The HBT Wood Bat Tourney is underway. Preliminary matches are going on right now. I'll have more coverage as the tourney advances to the later stages.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

News and Notes...

Association Cup:
The Taoyuan County Aerotropolis baseball team won the recently completed Association Cup. TYC defeated Leader University 10-0 in the championship game.

TYC had the definitive experience edge with a roster full of former CPBL players (including fielders Ming-Jen Kuo/T-Rex, Chang-Long Yeh/Whales, Po-Jen Yang/Elephants, Chun-Chiang Kao/Whales, Yung-Che Chen/Whales, Pai-Hung Wu/Bulls, Hsun-Wei Lin/Elephants-Bulls, Kuan-Wei Lee/T-Rex.)

The WP in the championship game and tourney MVP - Hsien-Chih Chang (14.2 scoreless innings in the tourney & formerly of the T-Rex) combined with Chang-Wei Tu (formerly of the CT Whales) on the 4 hit shutout. The second place finish was Leader U's best showing ever in the tourney.

The Taipei County - Banqiao team defeated the MeiFu Giants (Chinese Culture U.) 2-1 in the consolation game.

2 million NT was awarded to the tourney's champs.


Nice read on WY Chen

Chung-Shou Yang of the Fighters, will be known as Tai-Kang Yang going forward

As expected, Yi-Hao Lin was re-signed to an ikusei contract by the Giants

The Asia Series will return next year. Home field advantage for the CPBL champs!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Misc. News....

*The Dodgers are coming to Tainan, bringing back native sons HC Kuo and CL Hu to their old stomping grounds at Nan-Ying HS. Kuo returned home Wednesday.

*The Yankees will also be sending a catching coach out to do a camp in Taitung on the 19th. AIT (American Institute in Taiwan) is sponsoring the clinic.

*The Cleveland Indians made several moves in the Pac-Rim, firing Jason Lee - their Pac-Rim scout responsible for signing the 3 current Taiwanese kids in the system. SW Tseng and CH Chen had disappointing seasons (although Chen did flash potential in the Fall Instructional League) while CC Lee had a good first year debut in the US. A part time scout (perhaps current translator - Jason Lin?) will be hired to cover Taiwan.

*NPB News: Out of the Yokohama camp - LHP HC Lai will likely be offered an ikusei player contract - which Lai says that if that's the case then he'll turn down the offer (because of his age - 22 already) RHP WH Cheng and LHP KY Chen (who did not go to Japan - Yu-Ching Lin went in his place) both stated that they would consider accepting an ikusei contract if offered.
Joining RHP YF Lin (see below) in Yokohama will be former President Lions RHP Wei-Ming Chu (both will try out for the team) while lefty YC Wang continues to garner the most interest from the BayStars.

*A few big names are participating in the current collegiate tourney (the Association Cup) - former Phillies farmhand YF Lin has been clocked at 92 mph in a recent game. Former White Sox minor leaguer PY Lin threw well in his showdown with Chih-Lung Huang (was in the Yomiuri Giants camp not too long ago) yesterday. Huang gave up 4 runs (3 ER) in 2.2 IP.

*Some good news: Taiwan's Dept. of Education has decided that it will increase funding for student baseball.

*CMW Update

Thursday, November 05, 2009

BayStars to Sign a Lefty?

La New lhp Yi-Cheng Wang is in the BayStars' fall camp (alongside 3 other Taiwanese pitchers). Apparently, the BayStars were impressed with what they saw and are interested in signing him.

Wang was a minor league player for the La New Bears this past season.
Here's his stats for this past season: 7 G, 1 W, 1 L, 5.93 ERA, 27.1 IP, 15 K's, 21 BB's

He was also a member of the NT that participated in this year's World Port Tournament, Asian Championships, & World Cup (listed as I-Cheng Wang).

Here's a brief scouting report on Wang (tops out at 91 mph/scroll to the bottom of the list).

DOB: 10/9/85
H: 6'3"
W: 163

HS Vid

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Ku-Pao #1 Yet Again.....

A familiar scene - another Ku-Pao tourney championship

Continuing their winning ways on the HS circuit, Ku-Pao won the Elite Golden Dragon Cup, defeating Kao-Yuan 4-1 in the championship game. Leading the way for Ku-Pao were tourney MVP/top pitcher Ping-Hsueh Chen (started in the championship game, tossing 5 scoreless innings to pick up the W) and tourney co-HR leader Hung-Sheng Yang (cracked a solo HR in the championship game and had the 2nd highest BA in the tourney with a .467 average).
Nan-Ying earned third in the tourney by defeating Shi-Yuan 4-2 in the consolation game.

Tourney Awards:
Top Pitcher /MVP- Ping-Hsueh Chen (Ku-Pao)
HR King - Chin-De Chang (Gao-Nong: cracked a 2-run shot on 10/31 in his team's 10-6 loss to Tung-Shih HS) & Hung-Sheng Yang (Ku-Pao: both HR's actually left the field of play in this tourney)
Top 9:
P - Hung-Yi Chen (Shi-Yuan)
C - Wei-Chih Cheng (Shi-Yuan)
1B - Wei-Yu Lai (Nan-Ying)
2B - Hung-Sheng Yang (Ku-Pao)
3B - Rong(Jung)-Chin Hsieh (Nan-Ying) - former Ku-Pao ace Rong-Hao Hsieh's lil bro
SS - Chun-Kai Liu (Shi-Yuan)
OF - Lee-En Pi (Kao-Yuan) - on the '09 "AA" youth NT
OF - Rui(Jui)-Lin Chang (Ku-Pao)
OF - Chih-Yu Lin (Ku-Pao)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Next Gen......

Elite Golden Dragon Cup (HS):
Playing tomorrow (the 3rd) in the championship game of the inaugural Elite Golden Dragon Cup (HS competition) are traditional powerhouses Kao-Yuan and Ku-Pao. Kao-Yuan squeaked by Nan-Ying 6-5 in one semifinal while Ku-Pao shutout Shi-Yuan 5-0 in the other semi.

There's an interesting story in the Liberty Times about two young prospects on the Kao-Yuan squad. Their family names are Pan & Lo.

15 year old (DOB: 5/26/94) Wei-Cheng Pan is the younger brother of Lions star RHP Wei-Lun Pan. The RHP/1B stands in at 5'11.

WC Pan

His teammate is Kuo-Lin Lo, the younger brother (youngest of 4 bros) of Mariners farmhand Kuo-Hui Lo. Lo, 16 (DOB: 1/2/93), is the cleanup hitter on the squad. The 5'10" youngster earned All-Star honors as the top DH in this past year's Yu-Shan Cup.


Both youngsters aspire to play in the US when all is said and done. In fact, WC Pan's brother has already advised his younger brother to go overseas, should the opportunity arise - not a very strong endorsement for the CPBL from one of the league's top stars.

In the 3rd place game are HS perennial powers: Shi-Yuan and Nan-Ying.
The winner of the tourney will receive a Mizuno pitching machine.

Morning News Briefs....

*Here's a link to an article with pics (in Japanese) of the 6 Taiwanese kids in camp with the Yomiuri Giants. RHP Yi-Hao Lin is still training there; the word is that the Giants will re-sign him, albeit at a lower salary.

*The Rakuten Eagles released P En-Yu Lin.

*The Yokohama Baystars are showing a lot of interest in LHP Hung-Cheng Lai (former '05 and '06 junior NT member). Lai, whose been clocked as high as 94 mph, is a good athlete - having run a 3.9 home to first time. Lai is in Yokohama alongside RHP's Yu-Ching Lin and Wen-Hao Cheng.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Latest News....Tsao/Nakagomi Gone...

CPBL Scandal:
Here's the latest 411 on this mess. 1 2
If the Elephants franchise survives this ordeal, it will undergo a significant face lift next year with the team roster.

One-time wonderkid Yi-Hao Lin was released by the Yomiuri Giants. You've got to wonder WTF happened here (in hindsight, the Giants failed to develop the phenom - tinkering with his mechanics & the advice he received from WH Huang and HW Lin to go to Japan didn't pay off) . Makes you ponder and think what if had he chosen the other route and decided to sign with a MLB team (in that scenario he would've received a lot more money - rather than the nominal $100 K he got from the Giants, and better development in the US).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

News Briefs.....

*Leading the way for the two groups of Taiwanese kids heading to Japan are:
1) coach Hua-Wei Lin with the Yomiuri Giants (has steered top prospects Yi-Hao Lin and Yu-Hung Lee to the Giants)
2) former Elephants manager Si-Hsien Wu with the Yokohama Baystars*Edited

*Attending the Hanshin Tigers' fall camp are: RHP's Kai-Wen Cheng and Yi-Chieh Hsiao

Monday, October 26, 2009

HIGHS: 3-Peat for the Lions........ & LOWS: Another CPBL Scandal

Taiwan Series:
10/22 Thurs/Game 5: Elephants 5 - Lions 4 (10): game MVP: Kuan-Jen Chen 1-5, GWRBI in the 10th

10/24 Sat/Game 6: Elephants 5 - Lions 4 (17): game MVP: Chia-Rui Mai 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 K's, 3 BB's

10/25 Sun/Game 7: Lions 5 - Elephants 2: game MVP: Kuo-Ching Kao 1-4, 3 RBI

*The Lions have now won back to back to back championships - unfortunately for the team there is no Konami Cup to prove where it belongs on the Asian stage.

Scandals now becoming the norm rather than the exception in the CPBL:
There are new allegations regarding games being fixed in the CPBL. Allegations involve several big names in the CPBL, including former MLB player Chin-Hui Tsao, ex-Seibu Lion Chih-Chia Chang, Bulls slugger Chia-Hsien Hsieh, and former Red Sox farmhand and Bears reliever Kevin Huang. Several former and current players from 3 clubs (all but the Lions) are under suspicion for their involvement in the scandal.
Read more here and here.
Will they ever learn from past mistakes??!!

CLCS - Stage 2:
10/22 Thurs/Game 2: Giants 6 - Dragons 4: WY Chen L 3.1 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 3 K's, 1 BB

(Dragons eliminated 3-1. The team will look to resign Chen to a 1 year deal.)


*The Yomiuri Giants are hosting 6 Taiwanese university players who will be practicing with the nigun team at the EOM. Of those 6, the two most well known players are RHP's Keng-Hao Chang and Chih-Lung Huang (the Giants have followed Huang's career pretty closely).
The Baystars will be hosting former HS stars Kuan-Yu Chen and Wen-Hao Cheng also later this month.*Updated

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lions One Win Away.....

CPBL - 2009 Taiwan Series:
Tues 10/20
Game 3: Elephants 5 - Lions 4 (10): Game MVP: Chih-Yuan Chen - GW hit in the bottom of the 10th

Wed 10/21
Game 4: Lions 11 - Elephants 5: Game MVP: Tai-Chi-Kuo 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI

(The Lions lead the series 3-1. Game 5 starters are expected to be Wei-Lun Pan for the Lions and Yu-Cheng Liao for the Elephants.)

Mon 10/19
Game 4: Phillies 5 - Dodgers 4: HC Kuo 1.1 IP, 0 R/H, 1 K, 0 BB's

Wed 10/21
Game 5: Phillies 9 - Dodgers 4: HC Kuo 1 IP, 1 R/H, 3 K's, 0 BB's - 1 HR allowed

(Dodgers eliminated.)

*Chia-Jen Lo is faring well in the Arizona Fall League. He picked up a W last night.

*Chung-Shou Yang is a possible candidate for the NPB U-26 squad that will face the Collegiate All-Star team taking place Nov. 22nd.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Postseason Updates...

10/15 Thurs
Phillies 8 - Dodgers 6: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K's, 0 BB's

10/16 Fri
Dodgers 2 - Phillies 1: HC Kuo - W , 0.2 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

Nice article on the resilience of Kuo

10/17 Sat
Swallows 3 - Dragons 2: WY Chen - L, 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 8 K's, 2 BB's - 1 HR allowed

CPBL - Taiwan Series:
10/17 Sat
Game 1: Lions 5 - Elephants 4: game MVP: Fu-Hao Liu 2-4, HR, 2 RBI

10/8 Sun
Game 2: Lions 6 - Elephants 3: game MVP: Wei-Lun Pan - W , 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 2 K's, 1 BB

*Check out The Cubs Reporter to see how TA Wang, PC Chen, and YL Wang (topped out at 94 mph in his last outing) are doing in the Instructional League (in AZ).

*In the recently completed Mei-Hua Flag Collegiate Tournament won by NCPES, there was a Rong-Hao Hsieh sighting. The righty topped out at 87 mph in his last outing. Finishing out the top 3 in the tourney were Chinese Culture University and Chiayi University.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chih-Lung Huang Update.... is reporting that RHP Chih-Lung Huang may sign as early as later this month with a MLB or NPB club. Reportedly the Rangers, Mariners, as well as NPB teams (perhaps the Yomiuri Giants) all have interest in Huang. Huang began to display his trademark fastball (low 90's) in the Asian Championships as well as the recently completed World Cup - after suffering through some down years following his storied junior NT (high school) career. Huang himself, prefers to play professionally in Japan.

Monday, October 12, 2009

10/5 to 10/12 Scores....Taiwan Series Set......WY Chen - 2009 CL ERA Crown....

Tues 10/6:
Twins 6 - Tigers 5: FT Ni 0.1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

Wed 10/7:

G1 NLDS: Dodgers 5 - Cardinals 3: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 K's, 0 BB's


Tues 10/6:
Fighters 5 - Lions 4: MC Hsu SP - ND, 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 K's, 5 BB's

Sun 10/11:
Swallows 4 - Dragons 3: WY Chen SP - ND, 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 7 K's, 2 BB's
(WY Chen has locked down the ERA title in the Central League with a 1.54 ERA)


Tues 10/6:
Bulls 11 - Elephants 2

Wed 10/7:
Bears 4 - Elephants 1

Lions 4 - Bulls 3

Thurs 10/8:
Bears 9 - Elephants 3

Bulls 13 - Lions 2 (YC Lin HR #18)

Sat 10/10:
Bears 3 - Lions 1 (CS Lin HR #31 / A. Rakers W #13)

Bulls 3 - Elephants 0 (S. Itsuki W #14)

Sun 10/11:
Bulls 11 - Elephants 5 (KC Lin W #10)

Bears 9 - Lions 7 (CC Chang W #10)

Mon 10/12:
Bulls 8 - Lions 3

The 2009 Taiwan Series is set - The Lions (first half champs) will face the Elephants (second half champs). The best of 7 series will begin on October 17th.

First Half Standings:

Second Half Standings:

Finals Standings:

Top 5 - Stats (Final):
1)Wu-Hsiung Pan (Lions) .367
2)Chia Chia (Elephants) .366
3)Wilton Veras (Bulls) .360
4)Yi-Chuan Lin (Bulls) .348
5)Chih-Sheng Lin (Bears) .332
(CFC was #7 with a .320 BA)

1)Wilton Veras (Bulls) 176
2)Yi-Chuan Lin (Bulls) 169
3)Chien-Ming Chang (Bulls) 148
4)Chih-Sheng Lin (Bears) 143
5)CFC (Bears) 132

1)Chih-Sheng Lin (Bears) 31
2)CFC (Bears) 27
3)Yi-Chuan Lin (Bulls) 18
4)Tarzan (Bulls) 17
5)Chia Chia (Elephants) 17

1)Yi-Chuan Lin (Bulls) 113
2)Chih-Sheng Lin (Bears) 111
3)CFC (Bears) 99
4)Lien-Hung Chen (Lions) 76
5)Wilton Veras (Bulls) 73

1)Sheng-Wei Wang (Elephants) 42
2)Chia Chia (Elephants) 25
3)Cheng-Wei Huang (Elephants) 20
4)Jose Castillo (Lions) 20
5)Sung-Hsien Yang (Lions) 15

1)Shoda Itsuki (Bulls) 14
2)Aaron Rakers (Bears) 13
3)Yu-Cheng Liao (Elephants) 11
4)Wei-Lun Pan (Lions) 10
5)Ko-Chien Lin (Bulls) 10

1)Wei-Lun Pan (Lions) 3.30
2)Yu-Cheng Liao (Elephants) 3.31
3)Aaron Rakers (Bears) 3.45
4)Ko-Chien Lin (Bulls) 4.02
5)Chih-Chia Chang (Bears) 4.31

1)Yueh-Ping Lin (Lions) 26
2)Ryan Cullen (Elephants) 20
3)Jermaine Van Buren (Bears) 15
4)Yu-Chieh Shen (Bulls) 5
5)Hao-Jen Lee (Elephants) 5

1)Shoda Itsuki (Bulls) 115 (158 IP)
2)Aaron Rakers (Bears) 110 (159.1 IP)
3)Chih-Chia Chang (Bears) 94 (135.2 IP)
4)Ying-Chieh Lin (Bulls) 93 (115.2 IP)
5)Wei-Lun Pan (Lions) 81 (133.2 IP)

1)Aaron Rakers (Bears) 1.31
2)Wei-Lun Pan (Lions) 1.32
3)Ko-Chien Lin (Bulls) 1.41
4)Shoda Itsuki (Bulls) 1.44
5)Chih-Chia Chang (Bears) 1.44

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Yi-Chuan Lin: A Rookie Like No Other......

23 year old CPBL rookie Yi-Chuan Lin has had an unbelievable first year with the Sinon Bulls. With only a few games remaining in the regular season, the young slugger has shattered several rookie league marks and is chasing a few all-time league records in numerous offensive categories.

(As of 10/7) Currently hitting .348 with 163 hits in 469 AB's, Lin also has 17 HR's and 107 RBI.

1)His 163 hits currently rank second in the league (behind teammate Wilton Veras's 169) and breaks the old league record of 152 hits held by Lions IF Kuo-Ching Kao (*the league expanded games played to 120 this year vs. 100 in past years). The old rookie mark was 117 H, held by Chih-Wei Shih in '04

2)He currently co-holds the league lead with 107 RBI (tying Bears slugger Chih-Sheng Lin). This also is the current league record (held by former Lions slugger Tilson Brito). The old rookie mark was 72 RBI, set by Tarzan way back in 1999.

3)His .348 BA is the 4th best in the league this year. The highest rookie BA is .342, held by former Elephants slugger/manager Kuang-Hui Wang (1990).

4)His 17 HR tie him for 3rd in the 2009 CPBL season, trailing only Bears sluggers Chih-Sheng Lin (30) and CFC (27). The rookie league mark is held by Ming-Hsiung Liao (18 set in '93 with the now defunct China Times Eagles).

Monday, October 05, 2009

9/28 - 10/4 Rundown..

Mon 9/28
Pirates 11 - Dodgers 1: CL Hu 0-0, RBI

Tues 9/29
Padres 3 - Dodgers 1: HC Kuo 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 K's, 1 BB

Thurs 10/1
Twins 8 - Tigers 3: FT Ni 0.1 IP, 0 R/H, 1 K, 0 BB's

Fri 10/2
Rockies 4 - Dodgers 3: CL Hu 0-0, R

Sat 10/3
Dodgers 5 - Rockies 0: CL Hu 0-0, R / HC Kuo W 2-0, 1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

White Sox 5 - Tigers 1: FT Ni 0.1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

Sun 10/4
Dodgers 5 - Rockies 3: CL Hu 2-4, 2B, RBI

Mon 9/28
Dragons 10 - Giants 1: WY Chen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB's

Wed 9/30
Marines 9 - Lions 2: MC Hsu L 1-2, 5.2 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 4 K's/BB's

Sat 10/3
Dragons 6 - Bay Stars 3: WY Chen ND, 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 K's, 1 BB

Swallows 6 - Tigers 4: KW Cheng 1 IP, 0 R/H/K's, 1 BB

Tues 9/29
Elephants 5 - Bears 2

Bulls 12 - Lions 1

Thurs 10/1
Lions 10 - Bears 5

Bulls 6 - Elephants 4

Fri 10/2
Bears 5 - Bulls 3 (12)

Elephants 3 - Lions 0

Sat 10/3
Bulls 11 - Bears 3

Lions 9 - Elephants 3

Sun 10/4
Bulls 8 - Bears 5

Elephants 7 - Lions 2


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Last Week's Look Back....

9/22 Tues
Dodgers 14 - Nationals 2: CL Hu 0-1

9/23 Wed
Nationals 5 - Dodgers 4: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H/K/BB

Tigers 11 - Indians 3: FT Ni 0.2 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

9/25 Thurs
White Sox 2 - Tigers 0: FT Ni 0.1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

9/26 Sat
Dodgers 8 - Pirates 4: HC Kuo 0.1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 K's, 1 BB

9/27 Sun
White Sox 8 - Tigers 4: FT Ni 0.1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's


9/22 Tues
Giants 2 - Dragons 0: WY Chen L 8-4, 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 8 K's, 2 BB's

Lions 5 - Fighters 2: MC Hsu W 1-1, CG 9 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 7 K's, 1 BB

9/27 Sun
Tigers 8 - Dragons 2: KW Cheng 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 K's/BB's

9/22 Tues
Lions 5 - Elephants 3

9/23 Wed
Bears 9 - Bulls 8 (11): CS Lin HR #30

9/24 Thurs
Elephants 8 - Lions 5 (11)

Bulls 11 - Bears 4

9/25 Fri
Bulls 5 - Lions 0

Bears 5 - Elephants 2: CFC HR #27

9/26 Sat
Lions 10 - Bulls 8

Elephants 7 - Bears 6

9/27 Sun
Lions 8 - Bulls 2

Bears 2 - Elephants 1

World Cup:

9/22 Tues
Netherlands 11 - NT 2: HY Lin HR #4

9/23 Wed
Cuba 8 - NT 0

9/24 Thurs
Puerto Rico 8 - NT 2

9/25 Fri
Venezuela 6 - NT 4

9/26 Sat
Venezuela 6 - NT 3

The NT finished 8th at the World Cup.
Team Stats

Monday, September 21, 2009

5 Day Look Back.....

9/16 Wed

A+ - KH Lo 0-4

9/17 Thurs

9/16 Wed
Dodgers 3 - Pirates 1: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R/H, 1 K, 0 BB's

9/18 Fri
Twins 3 - Tigers 0: FT Ni 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K, 2 BB's

9/20 Sun
Dodgers 6 - Giants 2: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

9/16 Wed

Marines 3 - Lions 2: MC Hsu SP-ND, 6+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 K's/BB's

9/17 Thur

9/18 Fri
Carp 5 - Tigers 4: WC Lin 0-1

9/20 Sun
Tigers 14 - Carp 2: KW Cheng SP-W (1-1), 7 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 4 K's, 2 BB's - first NPB victory for Cheng

World Cup:
9/16 Wed
Taiwan 3 - Japan 1 (10): CL Huang 10 IP, 1 R - 0 ER, 4 H, 4 K's, 2 BB's / HY Lin 2-5, 3 RBI

9/17 Thurs
US 14 - Taiwan 3 (7): HY Lin 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

9/18 Fri
Taiwan 1 - Mexico 0 (10): YF Lin 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 K's, 3 BB's

9/19 Sat
Taiwan 12 - Netherlands Antilles 3: Han Lin 4-4, 2 2B's, 3 RBI / KW Lin 3-6, 2 HR's, 2 RBI

9/20 Sun
Canada 5 - Taiwan 3 (6): CL Huang 5.2 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 K's, 4 BB's - 1 HR allowed

Taiwan reaches the 3rd round as one of the final eight teams.

9/16 Wed
Bears 13 - Elephants 6 (12): CFC HR #26, 5 H, 6 RBI

9/17 Thurs

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

GW Walk-off HR for CH Chen....

Monday 9/14
A ss - CH Chen 0-4, 100% CS (1-1)

Tuesday 9/15

A+ - KH Lo 1-3

A ss - CH Chen 2-4, HR, RBI GAME RECAP

Monday 9/14
Dodgers 6 - Pirates 2: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R/H, 1 K, 0 BB's

Tigers 6 - Jays 5: FT Ni 1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

Tuesday 9/15
Royals 11 - Tigers 1: FT Ni 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 K's/BB's

Tuesday 9/15
Dragons 5 - Carp 3 (10): WY Chen ND 6.2 IP, 3 R - 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K's/BB's

World Cup:
Tuesday 9/15

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hu Recalled to LA.....

Thursday 9/10
AAA - CL Hu 2-5, RBI

Friday 9/11
R - YW Kuo 0-3, BB

A+ - CH Lin 0-5, RBI / CH Chiang 1-3, BB

AAA - CL Hu 0-3

Sunday 9/13
A+ KH Lo 1-4

Thursday 9/10
Royals 7 - Tigers 4: FT Ni 0.0 IP, 0 R/H/K's, 1 BB

Saturday 9/12
Dodgers 9 - Giants 1: HC Kuo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB's

Jays 8 - Tigers 6: FT Ni 0.1 IP, 0 R/H/K's/BB's

Thurday 9/10
Dragons 4 - Tigers 2: WC Lin 1-3, BB

Marines 8 - Hawks 3: YH Yang 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 K's, 1 BB

Saturday 9/12

Sunday 9/13
Tigers 2 - Bay Star 1: WC Lin 1-3, RBI

Thursday 9/10
Lions 5 - Bulls 4

Friday 9/11

Saturday 9/12

Sunday 9/13

World Cup:
Thursday 9/10

Friday 9/11

Saturday 9/12

Sunday 9/13