The Wei Chuan Dragons of the Chinese Professional Baseball League announced earlier this week that they would be right-handed Jake Brigham had signed a contract for the 2022 season. This is Brigham’s second appearance with the Dragons, having started with the Taipei-based team last season before joining the Korean Baseball Organization‘s Kiwoom Heroes last April.
Well-traveled Brigham is one of the rare players to have seen action in the CPBL, KBO League, Nippon Professional Baseball, and Major League Baseball. Originally a sixth round election for Texas in the 2006 draft, Brigham spent his first nine seasons in the minors with the Rangers, Cubs, Pirates and Braves. He eventually reached The Show in 2015, posting an 8.64 ERA over 16 2/3 innings in 12 games with Atlanta.
This was Brigham’s last appearance in North American baseball, as he has since spent some time with the Tohuku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB, last season with the Dragons in the CPBL and parts of five seasons in South Korea with the Heroes. Brigham has released some very solid numbers as a reliable starter for the Heroes, ending a 2021 season that saw a combined ERA of 1.95 over 106 1/3 combined innings (61 with the Heroes, 45 1/3 with the Dragons) published) in both leagues.