There goes another young pitchers who will not enter the 2018 CPBL Draft. According to several Taiwanese media outlets, the Philadelphia Phillies have signed 19-year-old 林鋅杰 (Lin Hsin-Chieh) for $250,000 USD plus future tuition expenses.
At this stage, Lin’s agent has declined to comment on the signing. But according to ETtoday, the former Team Taiwan’s U-18 national team pitcher is expected to go to the United States for physical examination in the coming days.
[Rumour] The Philadelphia #Phillies have agreed to terms with 19-yr-old 林鋅杰 (Lin Hsin-Chieh). Here's some of the pitching highlight of Lin in the #WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup last year. Another Taiwan's U-18 pitcher 徐基麟 (Hsu Chi-Ling) also received offers from 3 MLB teams. pic.twitter.com/BPtoRvLO2y
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) June 7, 2018
Showcase In front of MLB and CPBL Scouts
Earlier this month, the Kainan University held an open workout session for 林鋅杰 (Lin Hsin-Chieh). Lin attracts multiple scouts from both the MLB and the CPBL organisations.
- MLB: Phillies, Reds, Cubs, Brewers and Royals
- CPBL: Monkeys and Brothers
Lin threw about 40 pitches with his fastball averaging 145kph (90mph), and mixed with plenty of changeup and forkball based on the scouts’ request.
林鋅杰 (Lin Hsin-Chieh): All You Need to Know
- 19 years old (18 March 1999)
- 190cm, 81kg
- Right-handed pitcher
- Max velocity 152kph (94mph)
- Fastball, Slider, Forkball and Changeup.
- 2011 U-12 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan
- 2014 U-15 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan
- 2017 U-18 Baseball world Cup for Team Taiwan
The Second Taiwanese Played for the Phillies
With the signing of Lin Hsin-Chieh, he will be the second Taiwanese players that played for the Phillies organisation. With the last player being 林彥峰 (Lin Yen-Feng) back in 2005.
Lin Yen-Feng pitched within the Phillies minor league system between (2006 to 2009) and reached Single-A prior being released.
He then spent a season pitching in Japan with the NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines in 2011, and then back to Taiwan and played in the CPBL between 2012 to 2016.