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.