Chih-Hsien Chiang

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Chih-Hsien Chiang

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chih-Hsien Chiang is a former Seattle Mariners farmhand. He is the brother of CPBL infielder Chih-Tsung Chiang.

Chiang was a star in the 2003 World Youth Championship, leading the event in RBI and cracking a key homer against Cuba. In the 2004 World Junior Championship, he hit .267/.267/.467 while facing pitchers up to a couple years older than him. Chiang was signed by the Boston Red Sox in October 2005, having been scouted by Jon Deeble. In 2006, he made his US debut, hitting .287/.318/.410 in 33 games for the GCL Red Sox and .278/.308/.472 in 9 games for the Lowell Spinners. His 10 errors with the Sox tied for the Gulf Coast League lead among second basemen.

Chiang spent all of 2007 in full-season A ball at age 18. He batted .262/.310/.392 with 27 doubles. After 12 errors in 42 games in 2006, he only made 12 in 97 contests in 2007. One negative was his relatively high strikeout rate, with 81 Ks in 355 AB. On May 31, he fell a double shy of a cycle against the Hickory Crawdads. Chiang joined the senior national team for the 2007 Baseball World Cup and was 4 for 10 with 2 walks as the backup 2B to Chao-Hang Cheng.

In the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, Chiang hit .278/.286/.500 as Taiwan's starting second baseman but made three errors in six games (a .889 fielding percentage). He tied for third on the team on slugging as Taiwan qualified for a slot in the 2008 Olympics. Chiang began 2008 with the Lancaster JetHawks. In the 2008 Olympics, the 20-year-old hit .290/.313/.355 as the starting second baseman for Taiwan. During the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Chiang was 2 for 7 to finish 5th on a weak offense in OPS (661). That season, he hit .303 with 19 doubles and 9 homers in 83 games for the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. In 2009, he moved to the Salem Red Sox in the Carolina League, where he hit .264/.323/.415 in 85 games. His production was actually the equivalent of the previous year's, given that Salem is a much harder hitting environment than Lancaster, known as the most hitter-friendly ballpark in all of organized baseball. He also moved from 2B to the outfield that year.

In 2010, Chiang moved to the AA Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, where he hit .260/.312/.420 in 121 games, with 35 doubles and 11 homers, driving in 65 runs. He tied Kirk Nieuwenhuis for 6th in the Eastern League in doubles. He had a better OPS (732-729) than outfield and country mate Che-Hsuan Lin, a far more hyped prospect.

He returned to Portland to start 2011 and excelled, putting up a sparkling .338/.402/.648 batting line in 88 games with 36 doubles and 18 homers. He was leading the EL in average, slugging, doubles, runs (68) and RBI (76). He played in the 2011 Futures Game for the World team, batting 7th and spending the whole game in left field. He grounded out against Brad Peacock in the second, grounded out versus Matt Moore two innings later, drew a Drew Pomeranz walk in the 6th (scoring on a double by Sebastian Valle and struck out against Jarred Cosart in the 8th.

At the trading deadline on July 31st, the Red Sox dealt him to the Seattle Mariners along with Tim Federowicz, Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez, in return for Ps Erik Bedard and Josh Fields. The M's immediately sent the three other players they acquired to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Trayvon Robinson, but they held on to the Taiwanese outfielder.


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