Friday, June 27, 2014

Taiwanese pitcher Liao makes debut with Pirates' farm team.

Earlier in the week, pitcher Jen-Lei Liao (廖任磊) made his debut with Pittsburgh's Gulf Coast League affiliate, "giving up," as Bucs Dugout reports, "a run on three hits in an inning and a third, while striking out two." The Pirates signed the 20-year-old pitcher in February. He's listed at 6'6" 260-ish pounds (198 cm, 120 kg), and he joins catcher Jin-De Jhang (張進德) and pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang (陽耀勳) as the Taiwanese players currently in the Pirates' system. In February the website Pirates Prospects profiled these three players and the Pirates' brief history of scouting in Taiwan.