CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #71
Fubon Guardians News: Henry Sosa
After keeping fans guessing for weeks about the Guardians’ third foreign pitcher, the Fubon Guardians have announced the signing of the former KBO’s right-hander Henry Sosa today.
“All three foreign pitchers will report to the spring camp mid-February,” said the Guardians’ general manager Chris Tsai. “We hope Loree, Woodall and Sosa can all stay healthy and contribute for the 2019 CPBL season.”
Henry Sosa, the 33-year-old flame-throwing right-hander made his MLB debut in 2011 with the Houston Astros where he posted a 5.23 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across ten starts, 53.1 innings.
After leaving the MLB system, Sosa joined the KBO’s KIA Tigers in 2012 where he stayed for the next seven seasons. From 2012 to 2018, Sosa pitched for three KBO teams (KIA Tigers, Nexen Heroes and the LG Twins) with a combined record of 4.32 ERA, 1.34 WHIP across 194 games and 1197 innings.
Prior signing with the Guardians, in 2018, Sosa had one of his best season in his KBO career. He posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 27 starts, 181.1 innings. It is also worth noting, Sosa only issued 28 walks while struck out 181.
No Plan for Fourth Backup Pitcher
The Guardians’ general manager also told the media the team have no further plan to sign a fourth foreign pitcher as the backup. “Unless it is necessary, we won’t start looking until the middle of the season,” said Chris Tsai.
With the signing of Henry Sosa, and the Guardians not going to find another backup foreign player, the Guardians have officially filled their 2019 foreign players quota with Mike Loree, Bryan Woodall and Henry Sosa.