Chia-Hao Chang

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Chia-Hao Chang (張家浩)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 154 lb.

Chia-Hao Chang has played for the Taiwan national team a few times and spent 2001-2008 in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Chang was with Taiwan in the 1994 World Junior Championship. He pitched for Taiwan in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, allowing only one hit and 3 walks in five shutout innings (as per the old IBAF site; the Taiwan Baseball Wiki does not list him on the 1994 World Cup team).

Chang was 5 for 13 with 3 walks and 4 steals in the 1999 World Port Tournament. He also appeared in the 1999 Asian Championship. Chang was the first-round pick of the 2000 Sinon Bulls and signed a deal. He hit only .226/.278/.298 as a rookie in the 2000 CPBL. In 2001, Chang batted .231/.286/.287.

He was better for Sinon in '02, hitting .275/.362/.399 with 7 triples and 17 steals in 23 tries. He won a Gold Glove for his work in the outfield. Chang hit .286/.394/.321 as a second baseman for Taiwan in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup. In the 2002 Asian Games, he injured his wrist. In 2003, Chia-Hao batted .260/.326/.321 with 17 stolen bases in 24 attempts. He won another Gold Glove in the outfield and represented Taiwan in the 2003 Asian Championship, in which they won a spot in the 2004 Olympics.

Chang hit .243/.306/.299 with 14 steals in 18 tries in 2004. In the 2005 CPBL, Chang hit .252/.296/.327 and played for Taiwan in the 2005 Asian Championship. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, he was 0 for 2 as a backup for Taiwan.

He batted .234/.290/.293 in 2006 then missed all of 2007 with a shoulder injury. He returned in 2008 and hit .215/.289/.235. When the CPBL shrunk from six teams to 4 that winter due to gambling scandals, Chang got released and went to the amateur leagues. He was with Taiwan for the 2009 World Port Tournament, going 3 for 16 with two walks and a double; he played first base mostly.

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