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Blue Sox add Taiwanese power hitter
11/06/2017 6:51 PM ET
Chiang Chih-Hsien in action for Chinese Taipei at the 2008 Olympics (C) GETTY IMAGES
Chiang Chih-Hsien in action for Chinese Taipei at the 2008 Olympics (C) GETTY IMAGES (Mark Dadswell)

The Sydney Blue Sox have bolstered their offence ahead of the new season with the addition of Taiwanese star Chiang Chih-hsien.

Chiang, 29, joins the Blue Sox with a wealth of experience having spent nine seasons in the Minor League system and the past three in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The infielder has played 207 CPBL games for Brothers Baseball Club since 2015, hitting .360 with 54 home runs and 203 RBIs.

New Sydney manager Tony Harris was thrilled to have signed Chiang, who has shown plenty of raw power throughout his career.

"He's quite an accomplished infielder and an offensive guy," Harris said.

"He's spent eight years in the Minor Leagues and got up to Triple-A, and then the past three seasons with the Brothers organisation in the CPBL.

"Your imports need to be impact players and we're confident he will be."

The left-handed hitter will also provide versatility having spent a large part of his career in the outfield before returning to his more natural second base during the 2017 CPBL season.

Chiang was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2005 and went on to make 880 Minor League appearances from 2006-2014 across three organisations.

He recorded 872 hits, 76 home runs and 441 RBIs with a career batting average of .267 in the minors.

Chiang was a member of the Chinese Tapei 2017 World Baseball Classic team and featured in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a 20-year-old.

The Blue Sox open their Australian Baseball League season at home to the Adelaide Bite on November 17. Get your tickets here.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.