CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #86

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Lamigo Monkeys News: Zeke Spruill

After surrendered nine hits and four runs over 3.2 innings on May 19, the Lamigo Monkeys have finally made their decision on what to do with Zeke Spruill. Earlier today, the Monkeys announced the release of the 29-year-old right-hander.

“Zeke Spruill has been with us for a long time, it’s never easy to say goodbye to a cooperative foreign player like him,” said the Monkeys’ manager Hung I-Chung. “However, this is professional baseball, and the team needed to make a decision.”

The former Monkeys’ ace dominated the CPBL back in 2017, posting a 2.56 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 172.1 innings. However, Spruil was not the same man when he returned to the Monkeys in 2018 and 2019.

Zeke Spruill finished his 2019 CPBL season with a 6.82ERA and1.77 WHIP across 31.2 innings.

Lamigo Monkeys News: Roger Bernadina

With an extra slot in the foreign player active list, the Lamigo Monkeys have called up outfielder Roger Bernadina to the first team. 34-year-old Roger Bernadina was signed by the Monkeys back on April 18 as the fourth back up foreign player.

Since the signing, Bernadina has stayed with the farm team waiting for the opportunity to be called up to the first team. As of May 20, Bernadina slashed .257/.357/.514 across 42 plate appearances in the farm team.

Further Readings

Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2019 CPBL season.


    • I guess if a KBO team is looking for a quick fix to their foreign hitter, maybe it is worth getting Bernadina back. But this will depend on how well he plays in Taiwan. Also, in the long term, what the Monkeys need is a foreign pitcher, not hitter.

      The Monkeys’ scouts were spotted at the Atlantic League last week. So, I guess they are still in the process to find themselves another pitcher.

      • It’s early in the 2019 Atlantic League season, but Bennett Parry, Darin Downs, Buddy Baumann, Daryl Thompson, Craig Stem, Dave Kubiak and Sean Nolin all look like starters who could be given a shot by a CPBL team looking for a new pitcher now.

        • Rumour Darin Downs was on the Brothers’ target list before they went with Elih Villanueva. There must be something they didn’t like about Parry and Kubiak, as both also played here in the farm league, but never asked to return.

          Also I wonder if the CPBL scouts would get access to TrackMan data if they went to the game?

          Brothers need 1 more pitcher, I think they might cut Alex Liddi soon. Uni-Lions reportedly are looking for 1 pitcher and 1 hitter. Guardians will probably need to look for another pitcher too since Bollinger isn’t doing so flash in the farm league. And Monkeys, they already have scouts in the Atlantic League, assuming looking at pitcher.

          • There may be concerns about Parry’s and Kubiak’s ability to throw strikes. They both seem to have strikeout stuff.

          • Bennett Parry just signed with Pueblo of the Mexican League. I’m sure CPBL teams will watch how he pitches there the rest of 2019.

          • I saw former Brothers’ Rick Teasley also got picked up by the Pueblo. While we are on LMB, Felix Pie seems to be doing alright down in Mexico. Maybe the Uni-Lions might want to look into him.

  1. Sorry to see Spruill go, but he hadn’t pitched well this year, and it will be good to see another foreign position player get a shot in the CPBL.

    My guess is that Spruill joins the Atlantic League and tries to put his career back on track there. What with all the players getting signed out of the Atlantic League on a weekly basis, there should certainly be roster spots available to Spruill if he elects to go that route.

    • I think so, seems like a next place to go. There is a sign of his velocity is returning, 2 weeks ago, he hit 151kph (around 94mph) a few times.


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