Tigers in EST: Chao-Ting Tang

When Chao-Ting Tang inked a free agent contract with the Tigers in 2008, he became the first amateur Taiwanese ballplayer ever signed by the organization.  It was a monumental step for an organization trying to increase its presence in the pacific rim.

Tang grabbed the attention of Major League scouts while playing for the West team in the 2006 High School All-American game, alongside players like Hank Conger, who would become a first round pick, and the infamous Danny Almonte.

Photo courtesy of Roger DeWitt

Tang made his professional debut in 2008 with the Gulf Coast League Tigers.  He struggled in his debut season, posting a .222/.281/.333 slash line in 38 games.

Interestingly, the Tigers decided to challenge Tang the following year with an assignment to the class A West Michigan Whitecaps.  Tang got off to a poor start, hitting .195 in 21 games, while posting a .233 on-base percentage and a .256 slugging percentage.

In May, Tang suffered facial fractures after being struck in the face with a thrown ball while sliding into second base.  His injuries would keep him sidelined until August, when he was assigned to the GCL Tigers.  Tang fared much better in his second tour of the Gulf Coast League, posting a .307 batting average, a .373 on-base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage.

Tang does not possess any standout tools, but he is he is a good athlete with solid skills across the board.  He will most likely be assigned to Connecticut in June, though an earlier promotion to West Michigan is a possibility.

Since signing Tang, The Tigers have added two more players from Taiwan to their organization in Fu-Te Ni and Hua-Wei Lo.

For more information on Tang, check out his page at taiwanbaseball.blogspot.com.

Name: Chao-Ting Tang

DOB: Oct. 12, 1987

Birthplace: Kaoshiung City, Taiwan

Bats-Throws: Left-Right

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