Twitter follower @27imokemp, who runs a Pirates blog called U Gotta Believe, passed along a video of Jin-De Jhang this afternoon. For those of you who don't know, Jhang is a catching prospect in the lower levels. He was signed out of Taiwan in late 2011 for $250,000. He's been on the radar as a prospect to watch in the lower levels, although he's still raw in some areas, and is mostly potential at this point. He's got the potential to be a two-way catcher, with a good bat and strong defensive skills behind the plate. Imokemp had some thoughts on Jhang on his site. Below is the video, along with my thoughts.
Jin-De Jhang is a potential two-way catching prospect.
Jhang looked over-matched in several of the at-bats. However, he was playing a Japan team that probably has talent that is equivalent to what you would see in the upper levels of the minors. You definitely don't see that type of breaking stuff in the GCL or NYPL,...
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