Yao-Hsun Yang

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Yao-Hsun Yang (陽耀勳)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 192 lb.

Yao-Hsun Yang has played in Nippon Pro Baseball as has brother Chung-Shou Yang and cousin Yi Chang. His fastball has been timed at 96 mph and he combines it with a slider as well as a splitter.

In the 2002 World University Championship, Yang hit .286/.355/.393 and made two errors in seven games in the outfield. He also appeared in the 2004 World University Championship and 2005 Asian Championship.

Yang pitched for Taiwan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, relieving Chu-Chien Hsu in the second inning of a loss to Japan; there was one runner on and one out. Yang immediately gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki. He walked Tsuyoshi Nishioka to load the bases. Kosuke Fukudome hit a sacrifice fly, then Nobuhiko Matsunaka flew out. Ying-Feng Tsai replaced him to open the third.

Yang pitched for Japan's Softbank Hawks in 2006; in 5 games, he gave up 4 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs in 2 innings. In the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, Yao-Hsun yielded four runs in one inning as Taiwan's worst pitcher.

Yang was injured in 2007. In 2008, he was 1-2 for Softbank, surrendering seven runs in only 3 2/3 IP.

Yang is on Taiwan's preliminary 45-man roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup.