Chiang Shao-Ching Enters 2021 CPBL Draft
On February 25, the Fubon Guardians announced 江少慶 (Chiang Shao-Ching) will enter the 2021 CPBL draft. On top of that, the team have signed the 27-year-old right-hander to a development contract.
In doing so, Chiang will now be eligible to compete in the CPBL minor league leading up to the draft and immediately make his CPBL first-team debut after being drafted.
With Fubon Guardians being on the top of the draft order, it is almost certain the Guardians will select Chiang Shao-Ching as the first overall pick in July.
“Both parties have reached an understanding,” said the Guardians general manager. “Hopefully, Chiang Shao-Ching will be able to join the Guardians in the second-half season.”
According to Chiang Shao-Ching’s agent, the Fubon Guardians have committed to sign him to the largest contract in the CPBL history. Many speculate Chiang could be looking at a contract over 600,000 USD a year or a multi-year deal exceeding 2.08 million USD.
“My next step is to report to the Guardians farm team and start preparing for July as my opening day,” said Chiang Shao-Ching on his Facebook page. “I will get ready for the season and will do my best to help the team to win the 2021 Taiwan Series.”
The Guardians will hold a media day for Chiang Shao-Ching on March 2 at Xinzhuang stadium. Chiang will begin training with the Guardians on March 3.
[#WBSC Premier12] Team Taiwan's 江少慶 (Chiang Shao-Ching) showing some emotion after a crappy call by the umpire earlier in the inning. pic.twitter.com/xrqqdk8CA8
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) November 5, 2019
Quick Facts on Chiang Shao-Ching
- DOB: November 10, 1993 (27 years old)
- Fastball topped out at 99mph (159kph)
- Throws a sinker, changeup, curve and slider
- Signed out of Taiwan as an international free agent in 2011 for 250,000 USD
- Reached Triple-A in the MLB system
- Member of Team Taiwan in the 2017 WBC Tournament
- Member of Team Taiwan in the 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament
If Chiang can get a $2.1M guarantee for 5 or 6 seasons, it would certainly make sense for him to return to Taiwan. The CPBL could sure use more elite Taiwanese starting pitchers.
Yeah, he is around that age where he needs to consider about money instead of chasing the MLB dream.
There’s a lot to be said for playing at home for good money.
Hopefully he can harness his stuff to pick up more strikeouts (albeit while allowing a few more walks.)
Surprised he never got a shot with the tigers last year