CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #91
Uni-Lions News: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
With only 2.5 games behind, the Uni-Lions suffered another massive blow on their chances at capturing the first-half season title.
On June 12, the Uni-Lions announced the team had parted ways with right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx. According to the Uni-Lions’ general manager, Austin Bibens-Dirkx wished to return home to be with his wife, who is expecting to give birth to their child next week.
“It is unlikely Austin Bibens-Dirkx will return to Taiwan anytime soon,” said the Uni-Lions’ general manager. “We have our eyes set on a few potential foreign player candidates and will make the decision as soon as possible.”
Austin Bibens-Dirkx started the 2019 season as a starting pitcher for the Uni-Lions. However, he was unable to adjust to the CPBL and posted a 6.30 ERA and 1.53 WHIP across six starts, 30 innings of work.
In early May, the team decided to pull Bibens-Dirkx out of the starting rotation and use him as a reliever. In nine relief appearances, he pitched a total of 16 innings with a solid 3.38 ERA and 0.75 WHIP.
The 34-year-old right-hander finished his 2019 CPBL season with a 5.28 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 46 innings.
With Austin Bibens-Dirkx leaving and Josh Roenicke on the injured list, the Uni-Lions are now down to just one foreign player (Ryan Verdugo) in their active roster.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2019 CPBL season.