Bio: 歡迎來到 Walla Walla
Wei-Chieh (Willy) Chang is a native of Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan located at the northern part of the island. He went to Ku-Pao Home Economics and Commercial High School where he honed his skills on the baseball diamond.
“It was very competitive,” Chang said of his time at Ku-Pao. “Everyone got along with each other very well.”
Chang first visited the United States as a young athlete playing baseball for the Taiwan National Team in the 2011 PONY League Baseball World Series hosted in Washington, Pennsylvania. His team came up just short, losing in the championship game, but Chang said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and going to the American shopping malls and outlets.
The talented young catcher is currently a junior at Kainan University, a private university located in Luzhu District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan. He said he chose to go to school there because of the opportunities it would afford him to advance his baseball career.
“Kainan provides the chance for each player to play on the field,” Chang said. “The school also has a very strict training system which allows us to improve significantly while there and every player on the team is very aggressive and desires to play professional baseball.”
Chang learned about the Sweets online and from a friend who played in the WCL last year. He said he is looking forward to meeting his new teammates and playing at some of the amazing venues featured in the WCL.
“I learned about the Walla Walla Sweets from the WCL website and also from my friend, Po-Hao Huang, who played for the Victoria HarbourCats last year,” Chang said. “This is my last summer in college, so I wanted to try something more competitive and play against better and stronger players so that I could improve myself. I believe the Sweets are the right team [for me to be able to do that].”
He is the son of Yu-Fen and Sen-Kuei Chang and has a brother, Yeh-Hsuan.