Mariners Prospect No. 19: Chih-Hsien Chiang

Chih-Hsien Chiang, OF, Jackson Generals (AA, 24.4 years old on average in 2011)

6-2, 170 lbs, 24 years old

Bats: Left, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2011 Trade with Boston Red Sox (Erik Bedard)

ETA: Late 2012-2013

Because Chiang was a part of the Red Sox organization, and played in Taiwan before signing with Boston, our information on him is limited. He was considered the second-best prospect in the trade that also brought Trayvon Robinson to Seattle (from Los Angeles), though he’s probably a more advanced hitter. Last year Chiang was good for a wOBA+ of 130 (100 is average, 130 is 30 percent above average) in the Eastern league, and a .308 ISO while playing in a home park that plays pretty neutral as platoon splits go, and dampens home runs a bit for lefties. He flopped when he went to Jackson, with his wOBA+ dropping to 75. His age is getting close to removing him from prospect status though. I’d imagine we will see Chiang start the year in Tacoma, and if he does reasonably well there (in good conditions for a hitter) we could see a debut from Chiang before September.

Potential (of 40): 21

Probability of Success (of 30): 14

Positional value (of 20): 9

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 54

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  • Anonymous

    He hasn’t shown much since we acquired him. Hopefully that’s an aberration.