Yi-Jie Hsiao

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Yi-Jie Hsiao (Ikketsu Sho in Japan) (蕭一傑)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 190 lb.

Yi-Jie Hsiao was a first-round draft pick in Japan in 2008. He is the cousin of Po-Ting Hsiao.

Hsiao pitched for his native Taiwan in the 2001 World Youth Championship. He came to Japan at age 16 after seeing the Koshien Tournament on TV and helped his new high school play at Koshien a couple times. Continuing in Japan for college, he allowed no runs in 34 innings as a senior. The Hanshin Tigers picked him in the first round of the 2008 draft. He signed for a 90 million yen bonus (almost $1 million), the largest bonus for a Taiwan native since Ching-Lung Lo and Chih-Chia Chang.

Hsiao was on Taiwan's preliminary roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but was injured shortly before the Classic began. He spent the season in the Japanese minors, going 7-1 with a 2.26 ERA. He remained in ni-gun for 2010 and most of 2011. He pitched for Taiwan in the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week (0-2, 8.31, fading in the 5th after decent starts against both Cuba and the USA) and 2010 Asian Games (1 H, 0 R in 4 IP vs. Pakistan).

Hsiao finally made his Nippon Pro Baseball debut on August 11 in a start against the Chunichi Dragons. He allowed three hits, two walks and one run in five innings while fanning three in losing a 1-0 duel to Enyelbert Soto.

Hsiao throws a curveball, slider, forkball and fastball (peak time of 92 mph).