The Houston Astros have drafted the Arizona State University’s Taiwanese catcher 林家正 (Lyle Lin) in the 29th round in the 2018 MLB Draft.
This is not the first time Lin entered the MLB Draft, two years ago, he was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 16th round back after high school.
It is still unknown at this stage whether Lin will turn professional or go back to the university.
“Several teams have contacted me in the second day of the draft, but I turned down those opportunities because the signing bonus did not meet my expectation,” said Lyle Lin in his interview with Taiwan’s TSNA.
— Sun Devil Baseball (@ASU_Baseball) June 6, 2018
林家正 Lyle Lin: A Different Path to the USA
It is quite common to see young Taiwanese playing baseball in the United States, as there have been so many that were signed as the international free agent in the past 20 years.
However, it is rare to see Taiwanese players like Lyle Lin going through the USA education system and enter the MLB Draft.
The 20-year-old ASU sophomore is originally from Taiwan, he left 穀保家商 (Gubao High School) after one semester in Gubao’s baseball program. He then spent the next two and half years playing for the JSerra Catholic High School in the United States.
Despite being drafted by the Mariners in the 16th round in 2016, Lin has decided to continue on with his tertiary education by going to the Arizona States University.
In the 2018 seasons as the primary catcher for the Sun Devils, Lin started all 55 games and slashed .312/.344/.407 with 2 home runs and 16 doubles. It is also worth mentioning Lin was second on the team with 72 hits.