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Three Young Taiwan Pitchers to Watch in the CPBL

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

Don’t know too much about these pitchers but their stats. One of the challenges the CPBL has is they allow three foreign players on the roster. Most teams sign pitchers to meet that three foreign player slot. That leaves little room for young domestic pitchers to make an impact in the CPBL. Despite these challenges Myworld did notice three pitchers who seem to have been given the opportunity and are doing well in the CPBL.

Jo Hsi Hsu RHP (Wei Chuan Dragons) - We already posted a blog about him for his opening outing. He has had three more starts and is 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA. The incredible stat is that he has only walked one and struck out 28 in just 13.1 innings. The not so credible stat is that he is listed at 177 centimeters, which translates to 5′9″. The 28 whiffs are the most in the CPBL.

Ruei Yang Gu Lin RHP (Uni Lions) - At 6′0″ he is the taller of the three pitchers. He is 2-0, 2.89 with 24 whiffs in just 18.2 innings, but with a little wild streak with 12 walks. You can find video of him pitching for Taiwan against the Southeast team from 2015. The 24 whiffs are second most in the CPBL.

Xi Kai Teoh RHP (Rakuten Monkeys) - At 22 years of age he is the oldest of the three pitchers. He weighs just 154 and stands 5′10″. He is 1-0 with a 2.20 ERA, pitching 16.1 innings with 14 whiffs and 11 walks.

Taiwan Born Wu Leads Lions Surge in NPB

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Myworld is looking at who’s hot in the NPB. One hitter who is hot is the Seibu Lions Nien-Ting Wu. He was born in Taiwan but went to high school in Japan. His dad played baseball in the Japanese Industrial League. As a high school player Wu was eligible for the draft and was picked in the seventh round. He does not count against the quota of foreign players.

The seventh round is near the last pick in the NPB draft. This is Wu’s fifth season with the Lions. In his first four seasons the most plate appearances he had was in his first year when he stepped to the plate 142 times. Last year he played in a career high 52 games, but that only resulted in 52 plate appearances. His best batting average was in 2017 when he hit .232. He had yet to hit any homeruns coming into the 2021 season.

Wu started the 2021 season in the minors. He is now earning his plate appearances now that he is with the big league club. In 17 at bats he is hitting .462 with a 1.077 slugging percentage. Most starters in the NPB have accumulated 40 at bats this early in the season. Wu has hit two homeruns and two doubles. What is even more impressive is he has driven in 9 runs. That is two off his career high, but more importantly, it is more RBIs than any other Lion player.

If you look at the leaders in the Pacific League, Wu is only one shy of Hisanori Yasuda for the RBI lead. Yasuda drove in nine of his 10 runs in two games over the weekend and we wrote a blog on his two games. Shogo Nakamura is leading the Pacific League in batting with a .433 average and is second in RBIs with 9, but he has 40 at bats, more than twice as many as Wu.

The Lions have been playing Wu at first base after they called him up on March 31 because of injuries. He hit a solo homerun in Sunday’s game to lead the Lions over the Hawks 4-2. In the game on Saturday Wu drove in five runs in the Lions 7-4 win over the Hawks, winning the MVP for the game. He strung together three hits and a walk in five at bats. He has driven in at least one run in the four games he has played.

The Lions swept the Hawks in three games they played over the weekend and are now 6-1-1, atop the Pacific League standings. They will need to find a permanent spot for Wu in the lineup to keep that streak going.

Melville Tosses a No Hitter for the Lions

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Tim Melville threw a no hitter for the Uni Lions in a 13-0 win over the expansion team Wei Chuan Dragons. He threw 142 pitches, striking 10 and walking five. The fact that the score was 13-0 with all the runs scored in the first five innings took the pressure off the manager to keep him in the game.

It was the 11th no hitter in the CPBL. You can watch some of Melville’s dance moves to celebrate his no hitter at CPBLstats.com website, as well as three stellar defensive plays that kept the no hitter alive.

Of the 11 no hitters eight have been thrown by foreign pitchers, including the last five. The last no hitter thrown in the CPBL was on October 7, 2018 by Ryan Verdugo.

11 Outs and 11 K’s for Hsu

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

In the CPBL 20 year old Hsu Jo-Hsi retired 11 hitters, all of them on strikeouts. he did give up two singles, a triple and hit a batter, but he became the first CPBL player to record 9 whiffs in three innings. The Wei Chuan Dragons manager pulled him after his 11th whiff and 62nd pitch because of a 70 pitch pitch count.

The young righthander was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball and had a nasty dive to his split change. All but his last strikeout came on swing and misses on his third strike.

The Dragons are an expansion team. Hsu was their first round pick in the 2019 draft. The Dragons went on to win that game against the Chinatrust Brothers 4-0.

Info provided by CPBLstats.

Brothers Take Opener in CPBL

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

The China Professional Baseball League went to a new ball to limit the offense. The ChinaTrust Brothers won the opener 10-4 over the Lions. The new ball cannot find the plate if the pitchers do not throw it in the right direction. Lions pitchers walked 14 batters, a record for opening day, to lead to a number of those runs.

It was a sell out crowd (7,800) that was limited by 78 percent capacity. Despite all the walks the fans seemed to enjoy being at the opener. Last year the season had to be delayed and opening day was played in front of an empty stadium.

On a good not for the Lions is they outhit the Brothers 14-8 and were tied 3-3 after two innings. On a sour note, two of the Brothers hits travelled over the fence. Chang Chih-Hao hit a two run homer in the sixth for the Brothers to put them up 6-3. In the eighth Hsu Chi-hung put the game out of reach with a three run homer.

CPBL Season Starts Today

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

The China Professional Baseball League will play their opener today. The Uni-Lions will begin their defense of their championship by playing the CTBC Brothers. There will be a new team in the league (Wei Chuan Dragons) and a new ball. The new ball is supposed to cut down on the offense, but the expansion pitching of the Dragons could counter act that. Teams can fill their stadiums up to 78 percent capacity.

All teams are allowed four foreign players, with only three on their 26-man roster at game time. The expansion Dragons can have four on their 26 man roster, but a maximum of three pitchers or three hitters. If a foreign player is sent down, they must stay down for ten days. No shuttling back and forth to try to accommodate a starting rotation with four foreign pitchers.

Below are the foreign players for each roster indicated by a *, though there are more than four foreign players:

Uni Lions

Pitchers - Tim Melville, Brock Dykxhoorn, Teddy Stankiewicz, Felix Dubront

CTBC Brothers

Pitchers - Mitch Lively*, Jose De Paula*, Onelki Garcia*, Gabriel Ynoa*, Esmil Rogers

Rakuten Monkeys

Pitchers - Ryan Bollinger*, Aaron Wilkerson, Dillon Overton*, Deck McGuire*, Bradin Hagens*

Fubon Guardians

Pitchers - Henry Sosa*, Mike Loree*, Manny Banuelos *, Hector Noesi, J.C. Ramirez*, Yomar Flande Concepcion

Wei Chuan Dragons

Pitchers - Jake Brigham, Drew Gagnon, Junichi Tazawa, Bryan Woodall

Outfield - Rosell Herrera

Article 94 Voids Navarro Taiwan Contract

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

On February 21 the Fubon Guardians announced that Yamaico Navarro had signed a contract. A couple days later that contract was voided, citing Article 94, which is a rulebook regarding player conduct.

Don’t know how thick this rulebook is, but the basic premise of Article 94 as explained by CPBLstats.com is that “all players with criminal records, violent crime charges, game fixing charges, or any misconducts that will damage the public image of the league will face immediate dismissal.”

After the Navarro signing it was learned that he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2012 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2016 Japanese Customs found a bullet in his luggage which violated Japan firearm laws. In 2018 he was arrested in the Dominican Republic for possession of an unregistered firearm.

That is three strikes in three different countries. In baseball, three strikes and you are out. The CPBL determined that these three events over nine years was enough to void the contract of Navarro.

Yang and Yamaguchi Blast From the Past

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Lefthanded pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang recently signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Shun Yamaguchi was recently released by the Toronto Blue Jays. Yang was the starter for Korea in the Premier 12 finals between Japan and Korea. Yamaguchi was the starter for Japan.

While the game was to determine the qualifications for the Olympics scheduled for 2020 and now postponed to 2021, Japan had already qualified by hosting the games. Korea had also qualified by appearing in the championship. So the game was played mostly for pride and prize money. Yamaguchi was knocked out in the first inning, giving up two homeruns. Japan ultimately won the game 5-3. Interesting how the two pitchers have now entered upon different paths to their major league careers.

The big game was when Mexico defeated the United States 3-2 to qualify for the Olympics. Those pitchers were Cody Ponce and Arturo Reyes. Ponce pitched well tossing five shutout innings. He also made his major league debut in 2020 with the Pirates. Reyes also pitched five shutout innings but has never appeared in a major league game. He has spent a lot of time in the minor leagues. Last year he pitched in Taiwan in the China Professional Baseball League, getting only four starts for the China Trust Brothers.

First 2021 COVID Cancellation

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

The corona virus continues to reek havoc across many parts of the world. 2020 is in our rear view mirror but the corona virus has not disappeared as 2021 has arrived. In fact, it seems to have gotten more prevalent. With that the Baseball Federation of Asia has decided to cancel the Under 12 Baseball championship that was to be held in Tainan, Taiwan in March.

Because this was a qualifier event to determine the teams that would play in the 2021 Under12 Baseball World Cup in August, the Baseball Federation of Asia has decided to use the standings of the 2018 12 and under BFA championships to identify those countries. The following three teams have qualified for the 2021 Under 12 Baseball World Cup championship.

First Place - Taiwan

Second Place - Korea

Third Place - Japan

These three countries are the traditional representatives of the various age groups in World Cups.

Asian Teams Jump on Free Agent Market

Sunday, December 27th, 2020

In the NPB, the KBO and the CPBL free agency is not as prevalent among their domestic market. The biggest free agents are the foreign players and the Asian teams are quickly scooping up their quota of signing foreign players. In the CPBL (China Professional Baseball League) each team is allowed three foreign players (with the exception of the expansion team Dragons, who can sign five foreign players, with four playing on the CPBL team). The expansion team Wei Chua Dragons signed five foreign players to contracts, giving each team at least three foreign players (four for the Dragons) to play on their first team.

If a team signs more than three foreign players (or four for the Dragons), only three can appear on the CPBL roster. The extra players will play on the equivalent of the minor league team. For the most part, the CPBL sign starting pitchers to fill their foreign roster spots. In myworld’s opinion, this reliance on foreign pitchers stagnates the growth of their domestic pitchers. Myworld would like to see them go the KBO route, three foreign players, but a maximum of two pitchers or two position players.

Below are the names of the foreign players signed by each of the five teams. This does not prevent these teams from signing more players. You can go to CBPLstats.com for the list.

Uni Lions

Tim Melville, Brock Dykxhoorn, Teddy Stankiewicz and Felix Doubront

China Trust Brothers

Mitch Lively, Jose De Paula and Onelki Garcia

Rakuten Monkeys

Ryan Bollinger, Aaron Wilkerson (pitcher) and Dillon Overton,

Fubon Guardians

Henry Sosa, Mike Loree, Manny Banuelos and Hector Noesi

Wei Chun Dragons

Jake Brigham, Drew Gagon, Junichi Tazawa, Rosell Herrera and Bryan Woodall