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Red Sox minor league outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin had a nice performance on a national stage in the MLB Futures Game Sunday. Lin went 2-2 with a two-run HR in the 3-0 win for the World. The Futures Game is a yearly matchup that pits players from around the World against players from the U.S.
Lin was thrilled with his performance, despite being booed by the Yankee Stadium crowd:
“If I become a big leaguer, they won’t love me. It’s a tradition of being respected.”
Lin, a 19-year-old native of Taiwan, signed for $390,000 in early 2007 after being courted for two years by Red Sox management. He was so skilled, many projected him as a first round pick, so the Red Sox got a relative bargain considering what Lin could be earning.
Lin apparently compares to Ichiro Suzuki with his lightning-fast speed and cannon arm in the outfield, which should be nice for the Sox if he ever makes it to the major leagues. If he follows along the correct track, he should be in the majors in a few seasons. He currently plays for Single-A Greenville.
Soxprospects.com currently compares him to B.J. Upton, who has a terrific combination of speed and power. If the Sox get a player with that talent, it would be an absolute steal.