CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #50

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Searching for the Fourth Backup

Despite already filled their quota of three foreign players in the first team, the Uni-Lions and the Chinatrust Brothers did not stop at three. As the both organisations have invited more foreign players to attend their spring camp, with the hope to sign an additional fourth backup players in the farm team.

  • 知念廣彌 (Chinen Kohya)
  • Casey Coleman
  • Elih Villanueva
  • Carlos Pimentel
  • Tim Atherton
  • Pat Misch

Under the current CPBL rule, each team can to activate the maximum of three foreign players in the first team. The organisation can sign more than three foreign players, but they will have to remain in the farm team.

Uni-Lions News

The Uni-Lions have invited a Japanese pitcher 知念廣彌 (Chinen Kohya) from the Japanese Independent League (BCL) for tryout. Chinen has made his Uni-Lions spring training debut against the KBO farm team yesterday, where he went 2 innings with 4K and gave up 1 earned run.

“Chinen was able to kept his pitches low and with good control. We will schedule to let him (Chinen Kohya) pitch again on the 9th, then we will make a decision and there is a possibility of signing him as our fourth backup pitcher,” Said the Lions manager 黃甘霖 (Huang Kan-Lin).

Chinatrust Brothers News

The Brothers are currently in Arizona for their second phase of the spring training. As per the report from Liberty Sports, the Brothers have invited three players to train with the team.

The list included the former Chicago Cubs’ Casey Coleman, who also played for the Team USA with Brothers’ Zack Segovia in the 2015 Premier 12 Tournament.

31-year-old Elih Villanueva, a familiar face who participated in the Brothers’ 2016 Spring Training, but was released prior the season opener due to injury.

Lastly there is Carlos Pimentel, the 28-year-old former San Diego Padres’ farmhand who reached Triple-A and spent the last season pitching in the Mexican League.

“Apart from those three players (Coleman, Villanueva, Pimetel), we also have other players coming for tryout. They only had one bullpen session so far, we will try to get them to pitch in the upcoming practice games while we are in Arizona,” Said Brothers’ manager Cory Snyder.

Update – 07 March

Apparently, the Chinatrust Brothers will also give the former Oakland Athletics’ farmhand Tim Atherton a tryout at their farm team facility in Pingtung.

The 28-year-old Atherton just recently finished the 2-game exhibition series for Team Australia against the Samurai Japan. Artherton was the starting pitcher in game two where he allowed 5 hits and gave up 4 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.

Update – 08 March

Former New York Mets LHP Pat Misch was spotted at the Brothers spring training camp today. Misch pitched for the Lamigo Monkeys back in 2015 where he threw a no-hitting in game seven of the Taiwan Series against the Brothers.

Further Readings

Foreign players come and goes, therefore we have compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players for the 2018 CPBL season.


  1. I might have mentioned Elih Villanueva in the comment I left about a month back about pitchers who pitched really well in the Caribbean Winter Leagues this year. Villanueva had a 2.54 ERA in ten Dominican Winter League starts.

    Casey Coleman has a significant amount of MLB major league experience, although he hasn’t pitched in the Show since 2014.

    • Yep, Villanueva was on the list of recommendation from you. He was pretty much signed by the Brothers during his time in 2016, but there is something wrong with his hand after the first game of the spring training.

      It’s good to see him getting another shot. With his winter ball stats, he might be a good backup to have in the farm league.


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