Taiwanese infielder signs with Philadelphia Phillies


TAIPEI–Taiwanese professional baseball player Chin-lung Hu (胡金龍) has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a local news site in the northeastern American city. Reporting Sunday on the Phillies’ player assignments in its minor-league affiliates, Philly.com said the triple A-level team had signed Hu to strengthen its infield depth. Hu, 28, is the first Taiwanese infielder and the fifth player from Taiwan to play Major League Baseball (MLB). The news of him signing with the Phillies came just a couple months after he inked a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. Prior to the Indians and a stint with the Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League last year, Hu began the 2011 season with the New York Mets on the team’s opening day roster. However, Hu’s batting average of 0.050 in 20 bats during the 22 MLB games with the Mets led to him being outrighted to the minor league.