Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
*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.
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
San-Hsin and Ku-Pao will play in the (HS) championship game.
Yen-Feng Lin had his tryout with the BayStars in Japan.
Update on WY Chen
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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).
Friday, November 20, 2009
The Yomiuri Giants inked RHP Chih-Lung Huang to an ikusei contract for ~ $100 K.
*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)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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
*Some good news: Taiwan's Dept. of Education has decided that it will increase funding for student baseball.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
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).
Monday, November 02, 2009
*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.