CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #52

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Chinatrust Brothers News: Elih Villanueva

Back in the beginning of March, the Brothers have invited several foreign players for a tryout during their spring camp in Arizona. After further evaluations, the Chinatrust Brothers have announced the signing of Elih Villanueva as the fourth backup foreign pitcher.

“Villanueva will stay in the farm team for the time being and preparing for the first team call up,” said Brothers manager Cory Snyder.

As per the CPBL foreign player regulations, each team can activate up to three foreign players in the first team. If a team wish to call-up a new foreign player, they will have to release another foreign player in the first team.

This is not Villanueva’s first trip to Taiwan, as the American RHP had previous attended the Brothers’ spring training back in 2016. However he was released before the 2016 Opening Day due to health reason.

Photos of Elih Villanueva back in 2016 spring camp. Photos Credit: (ETtoday)

Healthy Again and Ready for CPBL

Villanueva spent the 2017 season pitching in the Atlantic League with a record of 2.72 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 7 starts and 36.1 innings of work.

Shortly after the Atlantic league, he moved on to the Dominican Winter League and posted a solid 2.54 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 10 starts and 49.2 innings.

According to Brothers representative, Villanueva is expected to report to the team in the next few days and to have the physical examinations next Tuesday. After that he will start pitching in the farm team and waiting for the first team call-up opportunity.

Elih Villanueva career stats

Further Readings

Foreign players come and goes, therefore we have compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players for the 2018 CPBL season.


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