Taiwan’s Olympic team had three high-profile amateur players on its roster, more than any other team. Tuesday, the Indians signed one of them, sidearming righthander Chen-Chang Lee. While his bonus hasn’t been reported officially, it’s rumored to be in the $350,000 range. (UPDATE: BA has one industry source reporting a bonus of $400,000 for Lee.)
Like current Tribe farmhand Sung-Wei Tseng, Lee pitched in the Alaska League as an amateur and is a veteran of Taiwan’s international teams, including the disappointing 2-5 Olympic outfit. Though he’s listed at just 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Lee throws his fastball in the low 90s from a sidearm delivery. He also throws a split-finger fastball and slider and projects as a reliever as a pro. He had an impressive effort against Team USA in the Olympics that helped cement his stock as one of his country’s top amateur talents.