The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 31-year-old left-handed pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang from Taiwan. The Pirates were one of at least five teams that attended a tryout for the veteran lefty in January. It is a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Yang is currently in camp at Pirate City, according to Tim Williams, although the deal has not yet been announced by the team.
Yang competed in the World Baseball Classic in both 2006 and 2013 for Chinese Taipei. He pitched four times during the 2013 WBC, giving up five runs on five hits(two homers) and three walks, with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings. One of the homers came off the bat of Stefan Welch, who spent part of 2013 with the Altoona Curve. The other damage came during Cuba's 14-0 route of the Taipei team. He faced a team of Major League All-Stars in late 2011, but that did not go so grand.
Yang pitched well for the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League in 2012, going 2-3, 1....
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.