TAIWAN – Lamigo Monkeys’ prospect Yang Tai-Chun has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Yang was the Monkeys’ 2nd round draft pick in 2016, but spent most of 2018 on the farm team due to vision issues.
The 25-year-old debuted for the Taiwanese national team in 2015, the same year his brother Cheng-Chun Yang debuted in the CPBL.
Yang starred in the 2010 World Junior Championship, which Taiwan won, hitting .346 with two homers in seven games. He also popped a grand slam against Venezuela and a homer off Australia’s Travis McDonald in the Gold Medal Game. He led the tourney with 12 RBIs, tied for second in homers, and was named to the All-Star team.
The second baseman hit .611 and slugged .889 in the 2011 Asian Junior Championship, leading all players in average and again winning All-Star honors. He also played for Taiwan in the 2014 U-21 Baseball World Cup.
In the 2015 Universiade, Yang hit .357 with five runs and six RBIs in four games. He was also second in RBIs and tied for second in runs scored. The right-handed batter hit .263 at the 2015 World Port Tournament, and also fared well at the 2015 Asian Championship, where he went 3 for 16 with three walks, two hit-by-pitches, four runs, and four RBIs as the main DH for the Silver Medalists.
Sources: CPBL Stats & Baseball Reference