Greg Smith, Kohsuke Tomita Released, Efrain Nieves Call-Up. Rudy Arias Joined Brothers’ Coaching Team

[Foreign Players Updates Vol. #10]

Foreign players updates Vol#10

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Lamigo News

On 30th May, Lamigo Monkeys have released Greg Smith due to performance issues. Although with a solid performance in 3A last season, Smith has been inconsistent with his performance this season with 8 starts, 8.46 ERA, 1.70 WHIP over 44.2 IP.

Efrain Nieves has been call-up and made his CPBL debut on 31st May against Lions. CPBL Reddit was fortunate enough to have chat with Nieves. Read the interview here

Chinatrust Brothers

As previously reported on Foreign players update volume #7. Kohsuke Tomita has arrived to Brothers training camp for tryout and testing. After 2 weeks of tryout and evaluation, the Brothers management have released a press statement saying Tomita did not meet the teams expectation. Tomita had 1 start in the farm league for the Brothers with 2H, 6SO, 3BB, 0ER over 4 innings. Tomita will stay 1 more week and train with the Brothers at its training camp before leaving Taiwan.

An interesting LinkedIn profile surfaced yesterday. Suggesting that an experienced MLB bullpen catcher Rudy Arias is now working for Chinatrust Brothers.

Rudy Arias served as the bullpen catcher for the Marlins and the Yankees in the mid-90s Then for The Orioles from 1997 through 2011 and returns to Orioles once again in 2011 until 2016.

The Brothers GM later told the press that, Arias has been signed as a guest catcher coach for a month. He will be arriving to Taiwan on the 5th of June. During his 1 month stays he will be working with all the Brothers catchers. 2 weeks with the farm team and 2 weeks with the first team.

At the moment Chinatrust Brothers have 5 foreign coach.

  • Tommy Cruz – First team guest hitting coach.
  • Gary McCoy – First team guest conditioning coach.
  • Les Lancaster – First team pitching coach.
  • Dallas Williams – Farm team manager.
  • Razer Shines – Farm team hitting coach.

EDA Rhinos

  • Jared Lansford – Son of the MLB All-Star, batting champion Carney Lansford. Who was part of Lamigo Monkey rotation last season with 16W, 7L, 4.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP over 178 IP
  • Scott Richmond – Canadian Premier 12 squad member. Right hand starting pitcher. Pitched 2008 to 2012 for the Blue Jays. 2013 for the Lotte Giants in KBO. 2014 to 2015 for the Rangers in the AAA system.
  • Mike Loree – Last year triple crowns winner in CPBL.
  • [Released] Hassan Pena – Cuban right hander. Will be the closer for this season.

Uni-President Lions

  • Jair Jurrjens – 8 years of MLB experience, total of 53 wins with the career ERA of 3.72. Was part of the Premier 12 Netherlands National team.
  • Bruce Billings – 2 years of MLB experience. Spent the entire 2015 in AAA with 8W, 5L, ERA 3.63.
  • Ryan Kelly – 28 year old hard throwing right hander. Had an impressive AAA record last year with 0.59 ERA, 0.761 WHIP with 22 SV 46 IP Kelly made his MLB debut 2015 with the Atlanta Braves, recording a 7.02 ERA over 16.2 innings of relief.
  • [Released] Felix Pie – Lefty outfielder. 6 years in the MLB. Spent 2014 season in the KBO.

Lamigo Monkeys

  • Orlando Roman – 38 year old Roman was part of the Brothers rotation back in 2010, 2011. Moved to NPB for Yakult Swallow between 2012 – 2015.
  • Ryan Searle – Australian right hand starting pitcher with 7 years in the Cubs minor system experience.
  • Efrain Nieves – 26 year old lefty sidearm pitcher. Was part of the 2013 Puerto Rican WBC national team. Spend the 2016 season in the Atlantic League with the record of 3W, 1.33ERA, 0.88WHIP and 8.3 K/9.
  • [Released] Greg Smith – 33 year old American left hander. Pitched for Athletics and the Rockies in 2008 and 2010. Finished the 2015 season with the Braves AAA team posting a 6-7, 2.71 ERA record over 119.2 innings with 19 starts.
  • [Released] Shane Youman – Returning to Lamigo once again. Pitched for Lamigo back in 2011, then moved to KBO between 2012 to 2015

Chinatrust Brothers

  • Andrew Sisco – Hard-throwing lefty. Part of the EDA Rhinos rotation in 2013, 2014 and half of 2015.
  • Robert Morey – 27 year old righty. 6 years in the Miami minor system. Spent the entire 2015 season in AAA with 14 starts, 89 innnings, 4.76 ERA, 1.51 WHIP.
  • Nate Long – Right hand starting pitcher. Was part of the Oakland As organisation. Had 13 starts in the AAA last season with a record of 3W, 5L, ERA 5.7.
  • [Farm Team] Bryan Woodall – Bryan Woodall previously pitched for the Brothers in 2015 season. With 11 Starts, 5W, 1L, 3.45ERA, 1.30WHIP over 73IP.
  • [Released] Elih Villanueva – 29 year old. Going for the starting rotation. Coming off the Dominican winter league with 10 starts 3W,5L
  • [Released] Donovan Hand – 30 year old. Made a brief appearance to the Major last season. Will be part of the starting rotation. Spent majority of last 2 season in 3A with 5 wins, 14 lost and 13 saves.
  • [Released] Rudy Owens – 29 year old lefty. Going for the starting rotation. Coming off the Domincan winter league with 11 starts, 2W3L ERA of 2.88.
  • [Released] Kohsuke Tomita – Hard throwing righty, Tomita spend his last season at Rangers short A and ABL’s Melbourne Aces. This season has been playing at the Mexican Northern League with 6 starts, 44 SO, 3.86 ERA over 30.1 IP.


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