Justin Qiang (or Qiang Ba Ren Zeng, as his full name would be), a 16 year old catcher, is the first player from Tibet to be signed by a Major League Baseball (MLB) team. Qiang was signed by the Boston Red Sox for a 10,000 US$ bonus in July and will play in the Red Sox instructional league in Fort Myers (Florida) in October.

“He’s an athletic kid and intelligent” said to MLB website Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero. He confirmed that area scout Louie Lin had seen and followed Qiang and then tipped off Brett Ward, the Red Sox Pacific Rim supervisor.

Qiang has represented China in international showcase events and participated in the MLB Academy in Nanjing.