Back on the Chiang Gang

Chiang is first in line in many offensive categories among Sox minor leaguers

Chih-Hsien Chiang is putting up video-game like numbers over the past two months, and when that happens, you start getting more media attention.  I ran some numbers (I’m not a big stat guy) today to see his production over his last 142 games in Double-A, which is a full-season.  I thought this would be a good time to compile the numbers, since it includes the final three months of last year, and the first three months of this season.  Chiang is hitting .307 (162-for-527), 22 HR, 103 RBI, 55 doubles, and 5 triples during a 142-game stretch from last season.  Tonight will be his last game before the break, as he’ll head to Phoenix, Arizona tomorrow with teammate Will Middlbrooks to participate in the Future’s Game.

I’ve seen his maturity at the plate since last June, and I’m not surprised at the success he’s had.  Chiang has very quick hands, something that scouts look for during batting practice.  If you don’t have bat speed in BP, you’re probably not going to last long.  This guy is very tough out right now, and I’m happy to see how well he’s playing.  Hopefully soon, Chiang will earn a promotion to Triple-A.

Earlier this week the second-year Sea Dog was named Eastern League’s Player of the Month for June…He’s leading the league in Slugging Percentage, Extra-base hits and his tied with New Hampshire’s Mike McDade for the top spot in RBI’s with 60….Other rankings for Chiang in the E.L.: hitting (.309, 8th), home runs (14, T-7th), RBI (59, T-1st), doubles (28, 2nd), extra-base hits (46, 1st), runs scored (51, T-3rd), slugging percentage (.627, 1st) and total bases (156, T-3rd)

Notes for today in New Hampshire…One important thing, Heidi Watney will be in attendance.

THESE GUYS AGAIN: Portland heads to New Hampshire for the start of a four-game series tonight against the Fisher Cats…This is the third straight weekend series between the two teams…The Fisher Cats swept the Sea Dogs in a three-game set from June 24-26…Portland took three of four last weekend at Hadlock Field.


NO EASY GET AWAY: The Sea Dogs dropped a 10-4 decision to the Mets in yesterday’s getaway game…A pair of Portland errors turned into four unearned runs in a five-run second inning for Binghamton…Stolmy Pimentel was chased after allowing six runs (two earned) over an inning and a third, the fourth time he has only recorded four outs in a start this year…Dusty Ryan and Matt den Dekker both had solo home runs for the Mets.


EW LEADER OF THE PACK: Will Middlebrooks leads the Sea Dogs with a .322 average (76-for-236), which ranks third in the Eastern League…Chiang is sixth in the league in hitting at .316 (80-for-253) and Alex Hassan ranks 8th at .313 (89-for-284)…Hassan is pacing the entire E.L. in walks (56) and on-base percentage (.439)…Rodriguez leads all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with 69 RBI between Portland and Salem.


WE’RE GOING STREAKING: Middlebrooks went 2-for-5 yesterday with a double and a run scored to extend his hitting streak to six games…The Eastern League all-star is hitting .486 (17-for-35) since his return from the disabled list on June 30…He has four doubles, a home run and 11 RBI in that time span.


WHAT’S ON DECK: Tomorrow night Portland plays the second of its four-game series against New Hampshire…The two teams play again Sunday night before a day game on Monday beginning at 12:05 PM…The Eastern League All-Star Game will take place in New Hampshire on Wednesday night starting at 7:05 PM…After the break, the Sea Dogs start a seven-game homestand against the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) and the Binghamton Mets (Mets affiliate).



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