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Hong Chih Kuo

Hong Chih Kuo, LHP
Ht:  6-0	Wt:  190	B/T:  L/L
Born:  7/23/81 in Hua-Lien, Taiwan
Resides: Hua-Lien, Taiwan
School:  Nan Yin High School
Hong is the first Taiwanese to be recruited directly out of high school by a MLB team. Acquired by the Dodgers for a record $1.25 million signing bonus, he neverthless incurred the wrath of the Taiwan officials for not going through the proper channels before trying out for big league teams.

At present Hong is playing for the San Bernadino Stampede and has an "A-plus fastball" but needs to develop a few more moves before serious consideration as a major league pitcher. However, Hong tore his medial collateral ligament in his left (pitching) elbow. He will sit out the rest of the season. So much for a nice start...

2000 Just Imagine
2000 Just Imagine Just Debuts JD16 (1:24)


(Grapefruit League, February 25 2000)