Minnesota Twins Sign 19-year-old Teng Kai-Wei

According to several Taiwanese media outlets, the Minnesota Twins have signed RHP 鄧愷威 (Teng Kai-Wei / Deng Kai-Wei) for $580,000 USD. At this stage, Teng’s agent has declined to comment on the signing.

Teng participated in the MLB tryout back in May, and was able to hit 150kph (92mph) on the radar in front of scouts from more than ten MLB organisations.

Deng Kai-Wei pitching for his high school team
鄧愷威 (Teng Kai-Wei) will be the 5th Taiwanese signed by the Twins.  Photo Credit: (Teng’s Facebook page)

*Note: Deng Kai-Wei was his official spelling during his student baseball day. But it seems he has now adopted the “Wade-Giles system” to spell his last name. Therefore it is now spell as Teng.

Quick Profile of Teng Kai-Wei

  • Born: 1st December 1999
  • Height 188cm. Weight 100kg
  • Throws Right. Bats Right.
  • Curve, Sinker, Changeup

Not the First Taiwanese in Twins Organisation

The signing of Teng makes him the fifth Taiwanese players to play for the Twins organisations since 2006.

The last Taiwanese player signed by the Twins was 胡智為 (Hu Chih-Wei) back in 2012, who have since then made his MLB debut with the Tampa Rays. As of today, Hu posted a record of 1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 9K over 8 innings in 2017 MLB season.



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