Pirates Sign Chen Po-Yu for $1.25 M
On October 8, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of 19-year-old Taiwanese right-hander 陳柏毓 (Chen Po-Yu) as an international free agent. The signing bonus is reportedly 1.25 million USD, making him one of the Pirates’ highest-paid international amateur signees.
“Po-Yu Chen is an exciting young pitching prospect who has been a prominent part of the Taiwanese national program and in International competition,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said in a statement. “He has good size, moves well on the mound, and has a quality pitch mix with the ability to keep getting better.”
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) September 5, 2019
Chen Po-Yu stands 187 cm (6’2), weighs 90 kg (198 lbs) and has been in the spotlight since high school. Whenever he pitched, he would attract plenty of MLB, NPB and CPBL scouts.
In terms of pitching repertoire, Chen’s fastball sat between 142-148 kph and maxed out at 151 kph (93.8 mph) on multiple occasions. Off-speed pitches-wise, he throws a changeup, curve and a slider.
In 2019, Chen Po-Yu represented Taiwan in the WBSC Baseball World Cup. During that tournament, he pitched a total of 14 innings with a 1.29 ERA against Panama, Korea and the USA.
[Taiwan U-18] 陳柏毓 (Chen Po-Yu) pitched against Team USA in a warm up game. Chen throws a 151kph fastball, 133kph changeup, 117kph curveball. The 17-year-old RHP is highly likely to sign with an MLB organisation when he graduate from high school next year. #TWHSBaseball pic.twitter.com/VExn8qJcR1
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 27, 2019