MLB Outfielders Decline Invitations to Play for Taiwan

On November 17, Team Taiwan announced that MLB outfielders Corbin Carroll and Stuart Fairchild had declined the invitations to play for Taiwan in the 2023 WBC tournament.

Although this is not exactly a surprise to many baseball fans, but Team Taiwan definitely suffered a significant blow to their lineup without the two competent MLB bats.

According to Team Taiwan’s manager Lin Yueh-Ping, both Corbin Carroll and Stuart Fairchild turned down the invitations as they would like to focus on the 2023 MLB season.

The two half-Taiwanese MLB outfielders did not shut the door, though, as they are open to play for Taiwan should the opportunity arise at some point in the future.

Taiwan is in Group A of the 2023 WBC tournament with Italy, Cuba, Netherlands and Panama. At the time of writing this blog post, Italy and Cuba already have a lot of MLB calibre players committed to this tournament.

Taiwan Sets 50-Man Preliminary Roster

With Corbin Carroll and Stuart Fairchild officially out of the picture, the Taiwanese national team committee set the preliminary 50-man roster for the 2023 WBC.

The preliminary roster consists of the following:

  • 38 players from CPBL
  • 11 from MLB / NPB system (6 pitchers and 5 position player)
  • 1 amateur (university or semi-pro)

Team Taiwan didn’t publish the 50-man roster due to its agreement (collective bargaining agreement) with the CPBL Players Union.

Based on the 11 players from the MLB / NPB information, here is a list of all the potential candidates from the MLB and NPB system.

Note: Remember, this is my personal “guesstimation” on the unpublished 50-man preliminary roster. I do not have any inside information or a crystal ball.

Name / Position Affiliation Level Stats
宋家豪 Sung Chia-Hao (P) Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles NPB Stats
張奕 Chang Yi (OF) Orix Buffaloes NPB Stats
鄧愷威 Teng Kai-Wei (P) San Francisco Giants MiLB (AA) Stats
陳柏毓 Chen Po-Yu (P) Pittsburgh Pirates MiLB (A) Stats
莊陳仲敖 Chen Zhong-Ao Zhuang (P) Oakland Athletics MiLB (A) Stats
林昱珉 Lin Yu-Min (P) Arizona Diamondbacks MiLB (A) Stats


Name / Position Affiliation Level Stats
林子偉 Lin Tzu-Wei (SS) MLB Free Agent MLB Stats
張育成 Yu Chang (1B) MLB Free Agent MLB Stats
王柏融 Wang Po-Jung (OF) NPB Free Agent NPB Stats
吳念庭 Wu Nien-Ting (SS) Saitama Seibu Lions NPB Stats
李灝宇 Lee Hao-Yu (IF) Philadelphia Phillies MiLB (A+) Stats



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