Justin Qiang becomes first player from Tibet to sign professional baseball contract

Justin Qiang becomes first player from Tibet to sign professional baseball contract
23/09/2017

NANJING, China-The Boston Red Sox signed 16 year old catcher Justin Qiang, the first player from Tibet who is given an opportunity to play professional baseball

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.