CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #101
Lamigo Monkeys News: Matthew Grimes
The Lamigo Monkeys have finally made up their mind which foreign players the team will retain after the August 31 trade deadline. Shortly after the game on August 28, the team have released Matthew Grimes.
The 27-year-old right-hander was signed out of the Atlantic League on June 11. During his time in the CPBL, Matthew Grimes left a record of 6.08 ERA and 1.78 WHIP across 37 innings.
“He doesn’t have that off-speed pitch to throw the hitters off-balance,” said the Monkeys’ manager. “We thank him for his contributions to the team. He is only 27, and there is still an opportunity for him to come back in the future.”
27-year-old former Baltimore Orioles farmhand Matthew Grimes is making his #CPBL debut tonight for the #Lamigo Monkeys. pic.twitter.com/DcK19qWmzZ
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) July 10, 2019
Lamigo Monkeys News: Thomas Dorminy
With a gap in the starting rotation, the Monkeys will call up left-hander Thomas Dorminy from the farm team. He is expected to make his CPBL first-team debut this week.
Like many mid-season CPBL foreign players, Thomas Dorminy was from the Atlantic League. The Monkeys signed him as the fourth backup foreign player on August 11.
Since arriving in Taiwan, Thomas Dorminy only made one start in the farm league. In the game against the Brothers’ farm team, he went 2.2 innings and gave up four runs (1ER) on four hits (1HR).
#Lamigo Monkeys' 4th backup foreign player Thomas Dorminy made his farm team debut yesterday. (2.2 IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 1K). #CPBL (🎥via Fisher0201) pic.twitter.com/ha2lO3i8t4
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 27, 2019
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’m a little sad neither Darin Downs nor Daryl Thompson got a CPBL shot this season. Downs fell on his face in the hit-happy Mexican League early in the summer, but he was absolutely great in the Atlantic League the rest of the way to date, and he’s a proven CPBL star.
Daryl Thompson looks a lot like a guy who would eventually pitch in the CPBL, and he got better and better as the 2019 Atlantic League season progressed. He’s now 14-7 with 141 Ks in 166 IP, leading the eight-team circuit in wins, Ks and IP.
Downs is 35 next season, and Thompson is 34, so they might yet pitch (again in Down’s case) in the CPBL, but their windows are closing fast.
Matthew Grimes is indeed young enough to pitch in the CPBL again, but he’s going to have to improve as a pitcher.
Rumours the Brothers were considering to sign Darin Downs a few months ago. But I guess they went with someone else instead.
By the way, former Guardians’ Scott Richmond turned 40 the other day and his Can-Am League contract was purchased by the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.
Also, the Brothers are not going to call up Brett Oberholtzer. I guess maybe he will probably get an invite to spring training next season.
Also, tough CPBL debut for Thomas Dorminy and Travis Banwart.
And Darin Downs took a line drive off his face. Sometimes the breaks just don’t go your way.
Dorminy and Banwart will get enough starts the rest of the way for them to show what they can do in the CPBL, for better or worse.
Yeah, from the video it looks like the ball hit his mouth. I’m glad he is okay with no serious injury.