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Red Sox sign first prospect from Tibet

September 20, 2017 - 3:07 pm

The Red Sox are scouring the earth for talent, with their lastest scouting foray taking them quite literally into Tibet.

In July, the Red Sox signed 16-year-old Justin Qiangbarenzeng, a product of China's MLB development centers. The 6-foot, 185-pound catcher becomes the first Tibetan to sign with a major league team. He's following in the footsteps of a pair of a Chinese prospects who signed with the Orioles and Pirates, respectively, in 2015.

"The Red Sox have the vision to trust Justin for his talent," Rick Dell, MLB Asia's general manager of baseball development, said, according to China Daily. "I thank Justin's trust in the MLB Development Center training program. He's a product of our MLB Play Ball program when he played for Dacheng School in Beijing and won the 2011 national championship."

Qiangbarenzeng recently converted from second base to catcher, and his coach in China praised his baseball IQ.

According to China Daily, Qiangbarenzeng welcomes the opportunity to grow in the U.S.

"I know it's a great honor to sign with the Red Sox," he said at his signing ceremony. "And I also know more difficult times are waiting for me, but I believe I can succeed. Being lucky also means you have to work harder, and that's what I will do. I will train even harder than before because I have changed to catcher . . . which means more effort. I will work harder to repay those who have helped so much along the way."

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