CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #70
Uni-Lions News: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
According to NOWNews, the Uni-Lions have signed the former Texas Rangers’ right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx for the 2019 CPBL season. When asked by the media, the Uni-Lions has declined to comment, but they hinted the new pitcher is someone who pitched in the MLB last year.
*Update, January 13: The Uni-Lions’ general manager Su Tai-An confirmed the signing.
The 33-year-old Bibens-Dirkx pitched two seasons in the MLB with a combined record of a 5.21 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, across 114.1 innings over 37 games with the Texas Rangers in 2017 to 2018.
Pitching Repertoire: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Below are some of Austin Bibens-Dirkx’s pitching clips. Pitcher List has done a good job breaking down all his pitches in the MLB.
Fastball (41.58% Thrown, 90.35mph)
Slider (28.35% Thrown, 86.7mph)
Changeup (16.14% Thrown, 84.7mph)
Curveball (13.92% Thrown, 79.7mph)
Had a Chance to Play in Taiwan Last Year
Although this is Austin Bibens-Dirkx’s first time to pitch in Taiwan, it is not the first time we hear his name came up as a potential CPBL foreign player.
On February 17, 2018, Bibens-Dirkx told The Athletic that he received a pretty good offer to play in Taiwan from an unnamed CPBL team. Many people speculated it was either the Fubon Guardians or the Uni-Lions made the offer to Bibens-Dirkx.