Shane Youman decided to leave, or released for falling behind on rehab schedule?

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Late last night reported that Lamigo Monkeys pitcher Shane Youman has decided to leave CPBL.

Lamigo Monkeys pitcher Shane Youman has decided to leave the organization without having started a game for the first team.

Youman was signed back in February to be one of the team’s three import pitchers, but arm problems delayed him coming out of spring training. The Monkeys then signed Greg Smith to join Ryan Searle and Orlando Roman while Youman rehabbed.

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Earlier today Lamigo Monkeys released the statement that the management has decided to released Youman due to slow rehab progress, not able to meet the teams schedule. The GM of Lamigo also mentioned that they’re very close in signing another new foreign pitcher, more details will be announce next week.

There are lot of rumours flying around the Taiwanese baseball community at the moment surrounding this issue.

  • Youman has rejected the new contract, which apparently a lot less than then the original contract. Also bunch of new clauses were added to the contract. Such as reduced salary, buyout amount and buyout period.
  • Youman does not want to stay in the farm team as the backup pitcher.
  • Youman’s original contract was a 3 month contract. Lamigo has decided not to renewal.
  • Management was thinking pulling another case of Chris Sedon last season but backfired. Shane Youman turned up unhealthy, unable to pitch.

According to the CPBL rule, once Youman has been released the other 3 teams will be unable to sign him until the next season.

EDA Rhinos

  • Jared Lansford – Son of the MLB All-Star, batting champion Carney Lansford. Who was part of Lamigo Monkey rotation last season with 16W, 7L, 4.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP over 178 IP
  • Scott Richmond – Canadian Premier 12 squad member. Right hand starting pitcher. Pitched 2008 to 2012 for the Blue Jays. 2013 for the Lotte Giants in KBO. 2014 to 2015 for the Rangers in the AAA system.
  • Mike Loree – Last year triple crowns winner in CPBL.
  • [Released] Hassan Pena – Cuban right hander. Will be the closer for this season.

Uni-President Lions

  • Jair Jurrjens – 8 years of MLB experience, total of 53 wins with the career ERA of 3.72. Was part of the Premier 12 Netherlands National team.
  • Bruce Billings – 2 years of MLB experience. Spent the entire 2015 in AAA with 8W, 5L, ERA 3.63.
  • Ryan Kelly – 28 year old hard throwing right hander. Had an impressive AAA record last year with 0.59 ERA, 0.761 WHIP with 22 SV 46 IP Kelly made his MLB debut 2015 with the Atlanta Braves, recording a 7.02 ERA over 16.2 innings of relief.
  • [Released] Felix Pie – Lefty outfielder. 6 years in the MLB. Spent 2014 season in the KBO.

Lamigo Monkeys

  • Orlando Roman – 38 year old Roman was part of the Brothers rotation back in 2010, 2011. Moved to NPB for Yakult Swallow between 2012 – 2015.
  • Ryan Searle – Australian right hand starting pitcher with 7 years in the Cubs minor system experience.
  • Greg Smith – 33 year old American left hander. Pitched for Athletics and the Rockies in 2008 and 2010. Finished the 2015 season with the Braves AAA team posting a 6-7, 2.71 ERA record over 119.2 innings with 19 starts.
  • [Released] Shane Youman – Returning to Lamigo once again. Pitched for Lamigo back in 2011, then moved to KBO between 2012 to 2015

Chinatrust Brothers

  • Andrew Sisco – Hard-throwing lefty. Part of the EDA Rhinos rotation in 2013, 2014 and half of 2015.
  • Rudy Owens – 29 year old lefty. Going for hte starting rotation. coming off the Domincan winter league with 11 starts, 2W3L ERA of 2.88.
  • Robert Morey – 27 year old righty. 6 years in the Miami minor system. Spent the entire 2015 season in AAA with 14 starts, 89 innnings, 4.76 ERA, 1.51 WHIP.
  • [Farm Team] Nate Long – Right hand starting pitcher. Was part of the Oakland As organisation. Had 13 starts in the AAA last season with a record of 3W, 5L, ERA 5.7.
  • [Released] Elih Villanueva – 29 year old. Going for the starting rotation. Coming off the Dominican winter league with 10 starts 3W,5L
  • [Released] Donovan Hand – 30 year old. Made a brief appearance to the Major last season. Will be part of the starting rotation. Spent majority of last 2 season in 3A with 5 wins, 14 lost and 13 saves.


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