CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #44
Lamigo Monkeys News: Bruce Kern
According to the Lamigo Monkeys’ general manager, the Monkeys have reached an agreement with former Chinatrust Brothers RHP Bruce Kern.
“Our first choice was to bring back Zack Segovia. However, after experiencing some difficulty in re-signing him, we’ll have to go for our backup option,” said the general manager of the Lamigo Monkeys.
Even though the Monkeys did not confirm the signing, a few hours later Kern posted a picture of the Monkeys logo on his Instagram with the message “2018 starts in Lamigo. Excited to get started!!!” In doing so, he pretty much confirmed the deal.
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) February 5, 2018
The hard-throwing Kern was signed by the Chinatrust Brothers back in 2016 but was released after only two starts due to blisters on his fingers.
Kern was invited back to the Brothers spring camp in 2017 and stayed in the Brothers starting rotation until the end of August. He wound up posting a 5.16 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 16 starts and 96 innings with 87 strikeouts.
What about Zack Segovia?
With the signing of Bruce Kern, Darin Downs and Michael Nix, the Lamigo Monkeys have officially filled their quota of three foreign players in the first team.
This means that either the Monkeys are going to sign Segovia and place him on the farm team, or maybe it will be like the rumours suggested, that Zack Segovia is indeed going to the Fubon Guardians.
*Update: February 6
According to an article on Taiwan’s Apple Daily, it seems the Fubon Guardians is not the only team that is trying to sign Zack Segovia. Apparently, NPB’s Yomiuri Giants are also interested.
In 2017, during an exhibition game between the CPBL All-Star vs Samurai Japan (the Japanese National Team), Segovia pitched a solid four innings with seven strikeouts. With the news of the Yomiuri Giants eyeing Zack Segovia, the Guardians are now seeking alternative options for their next foreign player.
Whether this is real or just another tactic by the players’ agents to get more money is hard to tell. Let’s wait and see. As we are getting closer and closer to spring training, teams will have to make a decision soon.
According to Taiwan's Apple Daily (Yes, it's a real media outlet). #NPB's Yomiuri Giants are interested to sign Zack Segovia. #CPBL #Fubon Guardians now seeking alternative foreign players option. Here's Segovia's 7K highlight against Samurai Japan last year. #巨人 pic.twitter.com/yzdjhU8G8W
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) February 6, 2018
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