The 2017/18 Australian Baseball League (ABL) season is full of Taiwanese flavour, as there are several CPBL players currently playing down under during the CPBL off-season.

Taiwanese in 2017/18 ABL season

  • Chinatrust Brothers – 林智勝 (Lin Chih-Sheng) – Brisbane Bandits
  • Chinatrust Brothers – 邱品睿 (Chiu Pin-Jui) – Brisbane Bandits
  • Free Agent – 陳鴻文 (Chen Hung-Wen) – Brisbane Bandits
  • Free Agent – 蔣智賢 (Chiang Chih-Hsien) – Sydney Blue Sox
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 張進德 (Jhang Jin-De) – Sydney Blue Sox
  • Free Agent – 張泰山 (Chang Tai-Shan) – Adelaide Bites

With the ABL season approaching the half-way mark.  Here’s a recap on all the Taiwanese players that play in Australia.

Chang Tai-Shan, Chiang Chih-Hsien, Jhang Jin-De playing in ABL
Chang Tai-Shan, Chiang Chih-Hsien, Jhang Jin-De in ABL. Photo Credit: (ポッポ twitter.com/ochinpopopopo)

蔣智賢 (Chiang Chih-Hsien) – Sydney Blue Sox


林智勝 (Lin Chih-Sheng) – Brisbane Bandits

  • Currently hitting .316/.364/.368
  • Not a lot of extra base hits right now, but there’s sign of Lin starting to heat up, expect a rise in slugging percentage in the coming future.
  • Coming back from an abdominal muscle stain which sidelined him for majority of the 2nd half CPBL season.

張泰山 (Chang Tai-Shan) – Adelaide Bites

  • 41 years old veteran is hitting .238/.256/.262
  • Released by Uni-Lions in 2015
  • Power is gone, will have to rely on his 20+ years of professional experience when it comes to hitting.
  • ABL very likely to be his final stop as a player.
  • Read more about Chang Tai-Shan here & here.

張進德 (Jhang Jin-De) – Sydney Blue Sox

  • Currently hitting .219/.286/.313
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A farmhand

邱品睿 (Chiu Pin-Jui) – Brisbane Bandits

  • 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP over 4.2 innings of work as reliever.
  • Missed majority of the 2017 CPBL season due to knee injury

陳鴻文 (Chen Hung-Wen) – Brisbane Bandits

  • Just arrived to Australia last week.
  • Possibility to make his ABL debut in week 4
  • Still unknown whether Chen will be starting pitcher or reliever.
  • Released by Brothers for “disciplinary reasons”.  Rumour Fubon Guardians is interested to sign Chen in 2018 CPBL season.

Here’s another video of Chen taking on Team Australia and Brisbane Bandits earlier in his career.

2 COMMENTS

  1. A couple of starting pitchers who pitched in the U.S. independent-A leagues last summer who are pitching particularly well in the Caribbean Winter Leagues this year are Reinier Roibal and Tyler J. Alexander. Both would be good bets for CPBL teams in 2018.

    Roibal had a 2.53 ERA in ten games (eight starts) with 50 strikeouts in 46.1 innings pitched in the Atlantic League last summer. In the Venezuelan Winter League, he currently has a second best 2.23 ERA with a league-leading 44 Ks in 48.1 IP. He will be 29 next summer.

    Tyler Alexander was the best full-year pitcher in the American Association in 2017, where he posted a 2.07 ERA and struck out 167 batters in 148 innings of work. In the Mexican Pacific League, his 3.20 ERA is currently only tenth best in the league, but he’s second with 51Ks in 56.1 IP. Alexander will be 26 next year.

    It’s a mystery to me why no MLB team signed Alexander last season, and I could see either or both of Alexander and Roibal signing with an NPB team to start the 2018 season pitching in NPB’s minor leagues with the hope that they could work their way up NPB’s major leagues.

    • Oh, interesting you mentioned Roibal. I remember seeing that name on the rumour signing list for Lions/ Guardians last season before the 31st August deadline. But I think Guardians went with Dave Kubiak instead. I’ll put Alexander to my watchlist too!

      There’s some hints a few foreign pitchers that was released by KBO might be on CPBL target list. But I just don’t see it happening though, they’d have to take a pretty significant salary cut coming to Taiwan.

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