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Pirate Jhang gives Blue Sox cover
11/13/2017 4:05 AM ET

Taiwanese catcher Jin-De Jhang has joined Sydney for the Australian Baseball League season as an injury replacement for Arden Pabst.

The 24-year-old Pittsburgh prospect has more than 400 games of Minor League experience, including more than 100 Double-A games in the past two seasons.

Jhang will cover Pabst, who was announced last month before suffering an injury.

Sydney manager Tony Harris, a long-time international scout for the Pirates, said Jhang had been on his radar for years.

"We signed him (at Pittsburgh) about six years ago," Harris said.

"He's been in Double-A and will play an important role for us both offensively and defensively."

Jhang hit .231 in 72 games with Altoona Curve during the 2017 season after missing the first 38 games with an oblique injury.

It followed a 54-game stint with the Curve in 2016 when he averaged .298 and drove in 21 runs.

Jhang will be looking to use his time with the Blue Sox to return to form at the plate.

He comes with terrific defensive skills and in 2017 threw out 47 per cent of base stealers.

Jhang made his debut for Sydney in its exhibition games against players from the NSW State League over the weekend.

The Blue Sox open their season at home to Adelaide on Friday night. Get your tickets here.


This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.