Phillies sign high school infielder 李灝宇 (Lee Hao-Yu) from Taiwan
The Philadelphia Phillies dipped into the international world of baseball and announced yesterday that they have signed Taiwanese high school infielder 李灝宇 (Lee Hao-Yu).
According to the CPBL Twitter account, Lee Hao-Yu received a signing bonus north of $500,000. The 18-year old offensive focused second baseman will be heading overseas to join the Phillies this summer and will be eligible to play in the minor leagues this year.
Huge fan of this kid, this Twitter account has a bunch of videos of him playing baseball. Although it will obviously be some time before he’s in a Phillies uniform, I feel like the Phillies rarely have any international prospects from Asia, so seeing them look elsewhere for talent in an otherwise depleted farm system is great to see.
Check out the attitude on this kid after being hit in the hand and missing time due to injury in 2019. I absolutely love it. Fast track him to the MLB. With Jean Segura and Bryce Harper both getting injured last night, we certainly need the help.
Before everyone jumps down my throat about suggesting the above, I’m very well aware that will not happen. Relax.
The Phillies are back tonight and will face Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. Zack Wheeler will be on the mound hoping to avoid the sweep before heading north in California to play the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers won 5-3 win over the Phillies last night. It turned out to be the the Phillies second straight loss and they have now fallen below .500 yet again at 32-33.
Mandatory Credit: CPBL Stats