Kuo-Hao Chiang

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Kuo-Hao Chiang (江國豪)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 161 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kuo-Hao Chiang has pitched in the CPBL and for the Taiwanese national team.

Chiang pitched seven innings in the 2017 Asian Championship, allowing only three hits and no runs. He got the win against Karunarathne Chirath and Sri Lanka. Taiwan finished second. [1] He allowed three hits and two unearned runs in two innings in the 2018 World University Championship; Taiwan won Silver. [2] In the 2019 World Port Tournament, he was 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA; the only pitcher with a higher ERA among qualifiers was former big leaguer Josh Collmenter. [3]

The Fubon Guardians took him in the first round of the 2019 CPBL Draft. He was 0-1 with a 7.40 ERA in the 2019 CPBL but was a .500 pitcher in the Fubon rotation through early 2020. His 5.12 ERA was above average for a local starting pitcher in a batter-friendly league, and he grabbed 9 wins, not bad for a rookie. However, Chiang suffered from a bone spur and only pitched one game in 2021. He turned into a relief pitcher in next year as Shao-Ching Chiang joined the team, and he had a 3.42 ERA with 2 holds in 28 game pitched in 2022.

Chiang was selected into the 2023 CPBL All-Star Game, and he allowed two solo homers - to An-Ko Lin and Sheng-Wei Wang - in the 9th inning of Game 2. He had a 2-6 record with a 4.02 ERA in 17 appearances in 2023. He then represented Taiwan in the 2023 Asia Professional Baseball Championship, and he relieved Yen-Cheng Wang in the 2nd inning against South Korea. He walked Dong-hee Yoon, struck out Si-hwan Roh then allowed a two-run single to Whee-jip Kim; Chiang retired Hyung-jun Kim to end this inning. He then threw two shutout innings despite giving up a double to Ju-won Kim, but he had trouble in the 5th inning. Hyung-jun Kim and Ju-won Kim hit back-to-back doubles while driving in a run, and Tzu-Chiang Lee relieved him. Taiwan won Bronze in the event.[4]

Chiang throws a fastball (peak 92.5 mph), slider, curveball and change-up. [5]