CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #103
Dragons News: Anthony Vizcaya, Jared Wilson
Wanting to boost their pitching depth for the upcoming Asia Winter Baseball League, the Wei Chuan Dragons have added another pair of right-handers as their foreign pitchers. On October 30, the CPBL expansion team announced the signing of Anthony Vizcaya and Jared Wilson.
Just a few days prior, on October 28, the Dragons also signed Edison Barrios and Hiroaki Saiuchi from the NPB system. With the signing of Vizcaya and Wilson, it brings the Dragons’ foreign pitchers count to a total of four.
26-year-old Anthony Vizcaya is currently a member of the Venezuela national team for the Premier12 tournament. In 2019, he pitched within the Minnesota Twins system mostly in Double-A as a reliever. In 46 innings, Vizcaya posted a solid 0.78 ERA, 1.13 WHIP with 48 strikeouts and 20 walks.
29-year-old Jared Wilson is another former Minnesota Twins’ farmhand, who briefly reached High-A. After leaving the Twins system in 2015, Wilson spent several seasons playing indie ball in the United States (Frontier League and American Association). During the 2018 off-season, he also pitched in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite.
Foreign Pitchers Arrive in Taiwan This Week
According to the Dragons’ general manager, all four foreign pitchers are set to arrive in Taiwan this week. Edison Barrios, Hiroaki Saiuchi and Jared Wilson will report to the team right away. Anthony Vizcaya will have to wait after the Premier12 Tournament due to his obligation with the Valenzuela national team.
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.
Looks like you accidentally spelled Venezuela as Valenzuela in the article. I’m most excited about Anthony Vizcaya as he looks like he could be a middle reliever in the MLB.
Thanks for spotting that! Apart from Anthony Vizcaya, I think it is quite possible we might see Félix Doubront and Henderson Álvarez signing with a Taiwanese team in the next season. They are currently in Taiwan for the Premier12 tournament and they both expressed interest to join the CPBL.
The Uni-Lions came pretty close to sign Doubront, but his Mexican League team want too much buy-out fee. I guess this will depending on how well Doubront and Alvarez pitch in the tournament.