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Dodgers Sign Asian Outfielder as International Free Agent: Report

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added teenage Taiwanese outfielder Ko Ching-Hsien to the organization, according to Fancys Romero.

Sources confirmed to Romero that Ching-Hsien and the Dodgers agreed to a bonus of around $700,000 and the official signing should be any day now.

The 17-year-old stood out at the U-18 Baseball World Cup last year. In nine games, he slashed .550/.690/.750 with a double, a home run, four RBIs, and seven walks in 20 at-bats. He started in all except one of Taiwan’s games and helped his team to a second-place finish losing to Japan in the championship game.

Ko throws right and bats left-handed. He is expected to join the Dodgers’ minor league system after he graduates from high school.

Once the deal becomes official, the Dodgers will reportedly have around $3.15 million remaining in their international signing bonus pool, which is expected to go towards Japanese pitcher Roki Sasaki if he posts this year. The 22-year-old right-hander is still under contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines in Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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