The Wei Chuan Dragons of the Chinese Professional Baseball League announced earlier this week that right-hander Jake Brigham had signed a contract for the 2022 season. This is Brigham’s second stint with the Dragons, as he began last season with the Taipei-based team before heading to the Korean Baseball Organization’s Kiwoom Heroes last April.
The well-traveled Brigham is one of the rare players who has seen action in the CPBL, the KBO League, Nippon Professional Baseball, and Major League Baseball. Originally a sixth-round pick for Texas in the 2006 draft, Brigham spent his first nine seasons in the minors with the Rangers, Cubs, Pirates, and Braves. He finally reached The Show in 2015, posting an 8.64 ERA over 16 2/3 innings in 12 games with Atlanta.
That marked Brigham’s last appearance in North American baseball, as he has since spent time with the NPB’s Tohuku Rakuten Golden Eagles, last season’s brief stint with the Dragons in the CPBL, and parts of five seasons in South Korea with the Heroes. Brigham has posted some very solid numbers as a reliable starter for the Heroes, and is coming off a 2021 season that saw him post a combined 1.95 ERA over 106 1/3 combined innings (61 with the Heroes, 45 1/3 with the Dragons) across both leagues.
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Does anyone else recognize this guy? I had no idea he played with so many teams.
I recognize the name, but it’s been over six years since he pitched in MLB or affiliated ball. International since then.
I think it’s great that players who aren’t quite good enough to stick in MLB can still go on and have successful careers internationally.. These players are still among the very best baseball players in the world, but just a tick off from playing consistently in the best baseball league.
He’s the lawyer from John Grisham’s A Time to Kill
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I dont understand how you can be awful in MLB but succeed overseas. The baseballs are bigger and harder over in Japanese Baseball, I would think it would be much harder to control.
Maybe the baseballs are smaller over in Korean League, who knows.
Dude was killing it in the KBO. Why did he leave the KBO again to go play in the cbl? It’s a step down in talent and can’t imagine they threw money at him to do so. No one offered a contract.. Weird dude started off in the JPL which is top Asian league
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