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Yomiuri Giants sign Chih-Lung Huang to an Ikusei contract

by on Nov.20, 2009 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants announced on Friday that they signed 20-year-old pitcher Chih-Lung Huang (黄志龍) to an Ikusei contract.  Huang is a right-handed pitcher from Taiwan that tops out at 152km/h.  A number of MLB teams were also said to have been interested in him.

Huang was training with the Giants for about a week back near the end of October.  At that time, his fastball was clocked in the 140-144km/h range, but the movement on his pitches caught the eye of the Ni-gun manager.

Along with his slider, Huang also throws a slider and a fork.  He was selected to the National team and also made appearances in 4 games at the Baseball World Cup.

It seems the Giants are hoping they've found the next Chien-Ming Wang.

2009 Baseball World Cup Stats

ERA W L G CG IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB WP HBP BK
4.81 1 2 4 1 24.1 25 16 13 11 13 6 0 3 93 0 1 0

=== UPDATE 1/26/2010 2:13pm JST

Huang was assigned the number 118.

=== UPDATE 1/27/2010 8:35am JST

Huang gets a contract worth 2.4M yen and a signing bonus of 2M yen.

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