Astros sign Taiwanese closer Lo…

Welcome into a very wet and soggy edition of Diggin In to the Legends…currently in Lexington, the weather has went from a picture perfect forecast, to a dowright nasty Friday leading into the weekend. But, things are supposedly are forecasted to clear up. But, we’ll see I guess.

This Sunday, be sure to stop by Downtown Lexington as the 2009 Veterans Parade kicks off. The parade actually begins at 3:30. Myself, Big L, Elle and PeeWee will be out in full force. So be sure to come on down and say HELLO!

Besides that, I have a busy weekend prepared that involves me spending a whole lot of time with my young little puppy, Calvin the Golden Stallion…I’ll post some updated pictures of him sometime next week, so do check back

But, that’s all I have..Below I have a nice article from our mlb affiliate about a hot new prospect, that just has been signed. Read that as well.

Enjoy!

And have a great weekend,

 

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario 

Young right-hander pitched for national team in Olympics

HOUSTON — One year ago, general manager Ed Wade appointed Glen Barker as the Astros’ director of Pacific Rim scouting, a brand new position that signaled the club’s desire to scour talent in a part of the world they previously hadn’t explored.

On Friday, the Astros introduced their first product of Barker’s journeys — right-hander Chia-Jen Lo, a 22-year-old native of Taiwan.

The Astros are scheduled to introduce Lo at 2 p.m. CT at Minute Maid Park.

Primarly a closer, Lo is currently finishing his education at the Chinese Cultural University and will join the Astros at Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla.

Lo has pitched for Taiwan’s national teams in junior-, college- and senior-level competition, but his contract with the Astros is his first at the professional level. Scouting reports indicate the right-hander throws a curveball and a fastball that peaks at 96 mph. He also has a good slider and a split-fingered fastball.

“A year ago, we talked about the importance of establishing a presence on the Pacific Rim in order to take advantage of another significant talent stream,” Wade said. “At that time, we tasked Glen Barker with overseeing our scouting in Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea and Australia. Glen has worked tirelessly to get us up and running on the Pacific Rim, and today’s signing of Chia-Jen Lo is a very significant indication of the work that Glen has done.

“Glen had seen Lo a number of times in Taiwan, and he and East Coast scouting supervisor Clarence Johns both saw him pitch in the 2008 Olympics. Their reports indicated that if he had been eligible for the First-Year Player Draft in the United States, Lo would have gone in the top three to five rounds. We are extremely excited to add another quality arm to our development mix and to be on the board as a team that’s serious about its Pacific Rim presence.”

A participant in the 2008 Olympics for the Chinese Taipei team, Lo allowed one earned run in two innings of relief against the China team in Beijing. He also played in the 2008 World University Championship, 2007 World Port Tournament, 2006 World University Championship, 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, 2005 Asian Championship and 2004 World Junior Championship.

 

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