Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Hitting the 148 Mark.....
*Shi-Yuan defeated San-Min 8-3 on Wednesday. Shi-Yuan starter Chun-Lin Kuo hit 148 kph (92 mph) on the radar gun, matching a tourney high alongside San-Hsin RHP Kuo-Hua Lo.
Kuo's line: W, 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 5 K's, 3 BB's.
*Hsin-She won 7-1 in Wed.'s other game.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Continued Coverage of the Ta-Tung Cup....
CY Lin Vid:
Monday, January 25, 2010
HS Prospecting: A Trio of Young RHP's.....
A few names mentioned as players to watch out for the future included a few young pitchers:
1)RHP Kuo-Hua Lo (San-Hsin)
-17 years old (10/28/92)
-5'9", 163 pounds
-fb tops out at 92 mph/ has been mentioned before
2)RHP Chih-Lung Yang (Taitung PE)
-16 years old (4/17/93)
-6' 1 1/2", 176 pounds
-fb tops out at 88 mph
3)RHP Che-Hsien Chan (Nan-Ying)
-15 years old (2/24/94)
-6'0", 187 pounds
-fb tops out at 91 mph (He threw 1 perfect inning in Nan-Ying's 10-0 opening win in the Ta-Tung Cup on 1/24. Nan-Ying starter Chia-Hao Sung picked up the W, throwing 6 inning (0 R, 2 H, 7 K's, 0 BB's).
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Ta-Tung Cup to Kick Off....
*UDN has some articles regarding the BC - (Scott) Boras Corp.. Boras, baseball superagent, represents some of the top names in the game today. From a Taiwanese perspective, he has represented Chin-Hui Tsao in the past and currently represents one of Taiwan's young stars in Che-Hsuan Lin. Lin has a unique setup regarding his representation - Bros (based in Taiwan) handles his marketing rights in Taiwan while the BC represents him in the US. Another top Taiwanese prospect Chia-Jen Lo, a Bros client may follow Che-Hsuan's route and have dual-representation (Bros/BC).
*Former top HS pitching prospects Rong-Hao Hsieh and Wen-Hao Cheng faced each other on Friday in the collegiate tourney. Cheng picked up the W, throwing 7 innings (2 R, 4 H, 4 K's, 1 BB). Hsieh was charged with the loss (6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 K's, 2 BB's). Hsieh was clocked at a high of 92 mph.
*More on CYC
*More on the Dodgers/CPBL
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Golden Warrior Not So Golden....
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Kuo, Nearly a Millionaire......Cardinals Coming To Taiwan......
Monday, January 18, 2010
*Coming to a Concensus?
Sinon Bulls 2009 top pick - Keng-Hao Chang is seeking a ~ 3.5 million NT signing bonus (with a 100 K NT/month salary). The Bulls have supposedly countered with a ~ 3 million NT signing bonus (with a 75 K NT/month salary).
*RHP Yen-Feng Lin is in camp with the Chiba Lott Marines. He has his weight down to 103 kg (~227 pounds).
*Former Hualien PE HS RHP Chun-Chen Chiang won't be pitching this year - he'll be at SS.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
"We open up our championships for bid, and award them on a selection process. Often, only one country places a bid on being the host-country, and after reviewing its qualities, it is selected.
USA Baseball is not government funded like federations in other countries, so that plays a major role in the bidding process there.
I hope this helps."
It would be nice to attend one of these events on home soil in the not-so-distant future.
Friday, January 15, 2010
*Speaking of the Dodgers, Kuo has filed for arbitration - he'll look to break the 7 figure mark (made $437 K last year).
*Alex Speier from WEEI, has a nice writeup on Che-Hsuan Lin.
Fellow minor leaguer Chia-Jen Lo was one of five non-roster invitees to ST for the Astros: "We think he's got a legitimate chance to make our club." - Ed Wade (Astros GM)
*Takatsu's officially set to join the Bulls. He'll make ~$13 K USD/month. The Elephants have come to terms with top draft pick En-Yu Lin. He'll earn 290,000 NT/month (~$9,100 USD) this season.
*Two more former Whales players were arrested for their suspected involvement in fixing games.
*Japanese-Taiwanese goodwill games
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Best and Worst of 2009 (Minor League Players)
CF Che-Hsuan Lin (Red Sox)
Signed for $400,000, Lin has improved each year in the minor leagues and has built an impressive resume including MVP honors for the 2008 MLB Future's Game. In 2009, he recovered from an injury that hindered his performance in April and made significant improvement with his plate discipline. He also led the league in OF assists. He is a true CF with good bat speed. Baseball America rated him as having the best OF arm and best plate discipline in the Red Sox organization in 2009. On top of everything else, he has an outstanding work ethic; he works on improving his game all year round. The Red Sox also invited him to participate in the organization's rookie career development camp (for top prospects only) being held in Boston right now. If he can have a good year in AA, a September call-up is very possible. Once he starts hitting for more power, then he would become a true 5-tool talent.
Best Performing Taiwanese Minor League Pitcher
RHP Chia-Jen Lo (Astros)
Signed for $250,000, Lo quickly jumped to Double-A and was a member of the 2009 MLB Future's Game in his first season. He continued to shine in the off-season with a decent performance in the Arizona Fall League, earning a pitcher of the week award. He showed an outstanding arm with a good delivery - his fastball touched 96. His fastball is an above average pitch that misses bats. His command and breaking pitches need improvement as his number of walks was a bit high. If he can continue to develop, he could potentially be the Astros' closer of the future with a possible September call-up.
Worst Performing Taiwanese Minor League Positional Player
C Meng-Hsiu Tsai (Braves)
Signed for $100,000, Tsai has spent the past 2 seasons playing in Australia mainly due to work ethic issues. There have also been rumors of him getting released due to his poor work ethic, which is unfortunate as his ongoing issues overshadow his talent (has some pop in his bat along with an average arm). If he shows up out of shape and continues to exhibit a poor work ethic in spring training, he could find himself permanently back in Taiwan in 2010.
Worst Performing Taiwanese Minor League Pitcher
RHP Sung-Wei Tseng (Indians)
Signed for $300,000 along with $70,000 for tuition, Tseng has regressed significantly since his first couple of seasons. His 2009 season was a forgettable one as he was demoted to rookie ball despite being 24 during the season. He continued to perform poorly in rookie ball, showing little zip on his fastball (no where near his 91-94 mph peak velocity, demonstrating a regression in his delivery and mechanics) and he was eventually shut down prior to the completion of the season. He is already an undersized righty and without any velocity on his fb and continued regression of his breaking pitches, it does not bode well for Tseng's future. Due to his age, a good performance during spring training would be absolutely vital for him to keep his job.
Monday, January 11, 2010
The Best and Worst of 2009 (Scouting)......
*The gambling scandal involving the CPBL continues to unearth new names, including Elephants star OF Chih-Yuan Chen, former Elephants star Feng-An Tsai, and former La New Bears P Andrew Lorraine.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Yu-Cheng Liao Blackballed!
The Elephants have already taken a huge hit this past year because of the number of players involved in the scandal (Chin-Hui Tsao and the Elephants have already parted ways).
Two other CPBL players (Bears RHP Hung-Jen Huang and Bulls C Yi-Wei Lee) were also recently released from their respective teams for their involvement in fixing games.
*Interesting read on former Bulls C Chun-Chang Yeh's legal battle with his former employer.