Red Sox Hope to Have Signed the Next Ohtani

The Boston Red Sox have signed Taiwan outfielder/pitcher Liu Chih-Jung to a contract, with a signing bonus estimated between $750,000 to $1 million. Liu starred for Taiwan in the 18 and under tournament in 2017 both on offense and defense, hitting .316 with seven walks and two whiffs, while starting two games and going 1-1, 1.98 with 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. Taiwan finished tied for second with three other teams in pool play and dropped down to the consolation round where they went undefeated. Some of the players on the United States team in that tournament were Tristan Casas, Jarred Kelenic, Matthew Liberatore, Kumar Rocker and Brice Turang. Liu played shortstop in the tournament.

In the Asian tournament recently completed Liu was clocked at 101 miles per hour with his fastball. According to CPBLstats.com he also crushed several homeruns while hitting from both sides of the plate, though it was not clear if this was from batting practice or during games. It was also stated by CPBLstats that Liu is the backup replacement to C.C. Lee on the Premier 12 roster for Taiwan. Lee had to recently withdraw his name from the roster. Red Sox fans may be able to watch their future star play in the Premier 12, though they have had a number of players signed out of Taiwan, with few of them making an impact in the major leagues.

You can go to CPBLstats.com to see some youtube video of Liu hitting a homerun and pitching. He has a pretty swing. The video shows a maximum velocity of 157kph, which is close to 98. He does have a good breaking ball. He sits at 152-154 kph, but gets a lot of swings and misses with his breaking pitch. He closed out the championship win against Japan in the Asian championship, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings and striking out five. You can also see his performance against Japan at CPBLstats.com.

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