The Yankees held a press conference today to introduce the two Chinese players they signed. Neither are considered actual prospects, but he signing is part of a bigger plan. The team also used the occasion to introduce assorted corporate sponsors.
Kevin Devaney Jr. was on the scene and filed this scouting report on the two kids:
Kai Liu (left-handed pitcher): He’s about 6-foot, 170 pounds. Brian Cashman said he has good spin on his breaking pitches and that his fastball tops out at 84 MPH. Cashman said Liu is a lot like the young pitchers the Yankees discover in Latin America. He feels that with a little teaching and better mechanics, Liu will add a few MPH to his fastball and grow into a pretty decent pitcher.
Zhenwang Zhang (catcher): He is only 5-10 and doesn’t look like a baseball player whatsoever. Cashman only spoke about his defensive ability. Zhang prides himself on throwing out runners. He played for China in the World Baseball Classic.