2019 MLB Draft: Lyle Lin
On the third day of the 2019 MLB Draft, 21-year-old Taiwanese catcher Lyle Lin was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round.
“I am grateful that I was drafted once again by an MLB organisation,” said Lyle Lin on his Facebook page. “The dealing with the Diamondbacks will begin immediately with my advisor in the United States. I hope to have some good news in the near future.”
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) May 25, 2019
It is not the first time Lin got drafted by an MLB organisation. In 2016, the Seattle Mariners drafted Lin in the 16th round right out of high school. Two years later as an ASU sophomore, the Houston Astros picked him up in the 29th round.
In 2019, as the Sun Devil’s primary designated hitter, Lin posted a .299/.328/.457 with nine home runs and 50 RBI across 56 games. Lin was named a first-team selection on the All-Pac-12 team on May 29.
Taiwan Connection: Corbin Carroll
This one is bit of a stretch, but Apart from Lyle Lin, there is another Taiwan connection in the 2019 MLB Draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ first round pick Corbin Carroll. Apparently, Carroll’s mother is Taiwanese.