The San Francisco Giants are set to land one of the more interesting pitchers in the upcoming international signing period.
According to TSNA.com, the Giants are set to sign Taiwanese pitcher Chen-Hsun Lee during the next international signing period. He will reportedly receive a $650,000 signing bonus.
Chen-Hsun Lee intriguing project for San Francisco Giants
Lee had generated plenty of interest heading into this signing period. Teams from Nippon Professional Baseball were attempting to sign Lee, and other major league teams had been eyeing him as well. The Giants were reportedly interested in bringing him into the organization since November with negotiations beginning at that point.
It is easy to see why the Giants, and other teams, would be interested in Lee. The 20 year old has a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and could add more velocity as he is 6’4″ tall and weighs 205 pounds. As he fills out a bit more and adds strength, his fastball could get into the upper 90s. Lee has also been on the radar for some time since he was throwing in the 90s as a 17 year old in the Palomino World Series.
There are some concerns as well. Lee has already had Tommy John surgery, going under the knife back in 2019. While he has been able to return and show that velocity once more, it is fair to wonder if this will be a concern moving forward.
Lee is a gamble that the Giants need to take. He could easily develop into a solid piece for a future rotation at a relative bargain price. The Giants will need to take their time, but Lee is the sort of prospect that could pay off.
The San Francisco Giants are set to sign Taiwanese pitcher Chen-Hsun Lee. If he develops as hoped, he could be a solid piece for the future.