Ray Chang

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Raymond Bo-shue Chang(張寶樹)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ray Chang reached AAA in 2006.

Chang was undrafted out of college. He signed with the San Diego Padres and hit .167/.255/.208 in 15 games for the AZL Padres in 2005; he also was 2 for 4 in limited action for the Lake Elsinore Storm. In 2006, Chang split time between the Fort Wayne Wizards (.286/.409/.429 in 27 games, 11 errors), Mobile BayBears (.233/.227/.302 in 14 games) and Portland Beavers (.222/.263/.556 in 12 games), bouncing around as a utility infielder throughout the Padres organization.

In 2007, the Kansas City native batted .304/.355/.482 in 21 games for Lake Elsinore and also saw 78 games at AAA with Portland, hitting .262/.316/.360 and being the club's primary shortstop. Chang spent 2008 with Portland (1 for 10) and the San Antonio Missions (.262/.360/.415 in 22 games). Chang was then released by San Diego. The Pittsburgh Pirates signed him and sent him to the Altoona Curve, where he replaced Luis Cruz, his teammate in Portland in '07. Chang was 2 for 6 with 2 walks and a double for Altoona in 2008.

Ray was on the Chinese roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The lone Chinese-American on the club, he was China's biggest star, going 5 for 11 with a double, homer, run and 2 RBI in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, getting half the team's RBI in the event. He also played well on defense at shortstop, throwing out Norichika Aoki at home in a loss to Japan. Against Taiwan, he led China to their second win ever versus that rival with a 3-for-4 game including a RBI double off of Sung-Wei Tseng to score Lingfeng Sun and a solo homer off Detroit Tigers signee Fu-Te Ni.

Further Reading[edit]

  • John Paul Morosi: "Chang's playing career set for final act with China: So close to making it to bigs in '11 before injury, SS ready for next chapter after WBC 2017", mlb.com, January 24, 2017. [1]

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