Tak-keung Yang

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Tak-Keung Yang
"T.K." Yang won Rookie of the Year in his debut season
Arizona Cowboys— No. 15
First baseman
Born: (1988-12-08) December 8, 1988 (age 33)
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Bats: Right Throws: Right
Bull League statistics
(through 2018)
AVG .346
HR 42
RBI 93
  • Arizona Cowboys
Career highlights
  • 2018 AEL Rookie of the Year
  • 3x Rookie of the Month
  • 1x Batter of the Month
  • 2018 AEL All-Star

Tak-Keung Yang (or T.K.) is a Taiwanese professional baseball first baseman who currently plays for the Arizona Cowboys in the Bull League's Metropolitan League (AEL). He made his major-level debut with the Cowboys in 2018, after being signed as an international free agent.

Yang won the Rookie of the Year Award in his debut season, and set numerous single-season team batting records.

Team History

Arizona Cowboys

The Arizona Cowboys signed Yang as an international free agent on November 5, 2017, to a 4-year contract worth a total of $27.3 million. He was highly anticipated to be a top player in the Bull League, and by the end of June 2018, had won his first of three Rookie of the Month Award awards. By the following month, he repeated the feat, and was named to the AEL All-Star team. He was also the July Batter of the Month Award winner for the AEL.

Yang would pick up one more Rookie of the Month, for August, making three consecutive months as the winner. He hit 13 home runs in August, reaching 39 on the season. He was voted Rookie of the Year for the AEL, and placed 2nd in Carl Simms MVP Award voting. His debut year also featured an 11-game hitting streak, and a 5-game home run streak.

Yang is ranked among the top power hitters in baseball, with an explosive short, upward swing that regularly pulls balls over the fence and who regularly makes contact. Speed is not his strong suit, and he only had one triple in his first season, with no stolen bases. Although a fixture at first base for Arizona, he can play any infield position as well as right field.