CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #311
CTBC Brothers News: Daniel Mengden
On January 17, the CTBC Brothers announced the signing of 30-year-old American right-hander Daniel Mengden. According to the team, Mengden is set to join the spring training at the end of January.
Daniel Mengden started his professional career in 2014, and it did not take long for him to make it to MLB. From 2016 to 2020, he was active on the Oakland Athletics roster and logged 302.2 innings. His most notable season was probably in 2018, where he posted a 4.05 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across 115.2 innings.
In 2021, Daniel Mengden left the MLB system and signed a deal with the KIA Tigers of the KBO. During his time in Korea, Mengden registered a 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 120 innings.
Daniel Mengden returned to the MLB system in 2022 and joined the Kansas City Royals. Although he spent the majority of the season in Triple-A, he eventually received the call-up and wound up pitching seven innings in MLB. In over six big league seasons since 2020, Mengden compiled a 4.64 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 309.2 innings.
In 2023, Daniel Mengden split his time between the Royals and Nationals Triple-A teams. He finished the 2023 Triple-A season with a disappointing 7.25 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over 49.2 innings.
As of today, the CTBC Brothers have Shawn Morimando, José De Paula, Kirk McCarty and Daniel Mengden as their foreign players for the 2024 CPBL season.
Given Taiwan’s hot and humid weather, it is still unclear at this stage whether Daniel Mengden will rock his gentlemanly moustache in the CPBL. But hey, a boy can only dream, right?
Foreign players come and go. Therefore, we have compiled a tracker to monitor all foreign player signings for the 2024 CPBL season.