Case of the yips for Monkeys prospect Chang Min-Hsun?

One of Lamigo Monkeys most highly touted prospect 張閔勛 (Chang Min-Hsun) appears to have a bad case of yips?  During last week’s farm league game, fans noticed Chang wasn’t able to return the ball back to the pitcher accurately.

What is a yips?

So, what’s a yips? No, it’s not those adorable aliens from Sesame StreetIn baseball, the yips usually manifests itself as a sudden inability to throw the baseball accurately.  An example would be Rube Baker from the movie Major League 2, who’s having difficulty to return the ball back to the pitcher.

Possible Injury?

Not much opportunities for 張閔勛 (Chang Min-Hsun) in the top team roster since his signing in 2016.  As Lamigo Monkeys is currently stacked in the catchers department, altering between 林泓育 (Lin Hung-Yu), 黃浩然 (Huang Hao-Jan) & 劉時豪 (Liu Shih-Hao).

The idea is not to rush Chang and spend time to develop him in the farm team.  However, due to a string of accidents in the top team, where Monkeys suddenly lost Lin and Liu to injuries.  The management have called up Chang to the top team.

Chang made his 2017 top team starting debut on the 6th of May, but immediately goes on the disabled list after being hit by a pitch on his finger during his 1st plate appearance.

It is still unclear whether Chang’s condition was caused by possible injury or just purely a mental thing.

More about Chang Min-Hsun (張閔勛)

22-year-old Chang Min-Hsun was drafted in the 1st round by Lamigo Monkeys in 2016.  Prior turning pro, Chang is already a highly praised top amateur offensive catcher who is widely considered to be the next primary catcher for the future Taiwanese national team.

  • U21 – Taiwan national team
  • Universiade Taiwan national team
  • Taiwanese national developmental squad
  • U23 – Taiwan national team (Withdrawal after turning pro)


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