CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #251

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Wei Chuan Dragons News: Buddy Baumann

On September 17, the Wei Chuan Dragons announced the signing of 34-year-old American left-hander Buddy Baumann.

According to the team, this was a last-minute emergency signing, as their other foreign pitcher, 28-year-old American left-hander Matt Tenuta, decided not to come to Taiwan due to personal reasons.

“We already reached an agreement with Matt Tenuta, but he changed his mind last week, so we had to go with our other option,” the Dragons GM told ETtoday.

Buddy Baumann began his professional career in 2009 and made it to the big league in 2016 with the San Diego Padres. Over the next three MLB seasons, he posted a career ERA of 5.58 over 30.2 innings.

After leaving the MLB system in 2018, Buddy Baumann wound up playing in the Atlantic League, American Association and the Mexican League.

Prior to his signing with the Wei Chuan Dragons, he was active in Mexico, where he posted a 3.72 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 36.1 innings with the Acereros de Monclova.

Buddy Baumann will join Bryan Woodall, Jake Brigham, Drew Gagnon and Brian Goodwin on the Dragons’ active roster. The Dragons, being the expansion team, are allowed to have one extra foreign player for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Further Readings

Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2022 CPBL season.


  1. Baumann actually pitched pretty well this summer in 13 starts after apparently not pitching professionally since 2019. It’s a great opportunity for him if he has anything left.


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