CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #217
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Uni-Lions News: Keury Mella
On January 13, the Uni-Lions announced the signing of Keury Mella and Logan Ondrusek for the 2022 CPBL season. According to the team, both players are set to arrive in Taiwan around mid-February.
Keury Mella, the 28-year-old Dominican right-hander, had five limited seasons of MLB experience under his belt. Between 2017 to 2021, Mella pretty much split his time between Triple-A and MLB.
He posted a combined MLB record of 7.22 ERA over 28.2 innings. And for Triple-A, his career numbers are more presentable as he compiled a 4.77 ERA across 220.2 innings.
Keury Mella throws a 4-seam fastball, sinker, slider and changeup. Based on the data from Baseball Savant, his average fastball and sinker velocity sit at 94-95 mph.
Uni-Lions News: Logan Ondrusek
Logan Ondrusek, the 36-year-old American right-hander, played five seasons in MLB between 2010 to 2014 and another stint in 2016. During his time in MLB, he posted a combined record of 4.03 ERA over 277 innings.
From 2015 to 2016, he went to Japan to play for the Tokyo Swallows of the NPB. He compiled a strong 2.17 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 99.2 innings.
Despite his solid NPB numbers, in 2016, Logan Ondrusek was released by the Swallows mid-season after he displayed aggressive behaviour towards his teammates and manager.
In 2021, Logan Ondrusek began the season pitching in the Mexican League, where he posted a dominating 2.38 ERA over 45.1 innings. His strong LMB performance eventually led him back to the MLB system. The San Francisco Giants signed him to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A.
At the end of the 2021 Triple-A season, he elected free agency and went to the Dominican Republic to play in the winter league. As of today, he has a 1.64 ERA over 22 innings of work.
Logan Ondrusek has five pitches in his arsenal: 4-seam fastball, cutter, sinker curveball and changeup.
Chad Bell: The Lefty That Got Away
On January 4, rumours began to circulate that the Uni-Lions were targeting an American left-hander that fit the description of Chad Bell. But a few days later, the media reported that the deal was unlikely to happen.
So, what went wrong during the signing process? Well, the Uni-Lions decided to share some of the behind the scene information with the fans.
In today’s press release, the Uni-Lions revealed they initially planned to sign Chad Bell, as both parties had reached an agreement. However, the American left-hander backed out due to pandemic concerns and did not go ahead with the signing.