CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #76

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Uni-Lions News: Chinen Kohya

The Uni-Lions have confirmed their starting rotation for the 2019 season today. With Ryan Verdugo still unable to pitch due to shoulder stiffness, 29-year-old Japanese left-hander 知念広弥 (Chinen Kohya) will begin his 2019 CPBL season on the first team roster.

“We are unsure how long Ryan Verdugo will be out for, that’s why we decided to add Chinen Kohya to our opening day roster,” said the Uni-Lions’ manager Huang Kan-Lin. “Chinen will be our reliever at this stage.”

According to Apple Daily, Chinen Kohya threw live BP today and was able to suppress all the Uni-Lions’ hitters he faced.

Uni-Lions’ 2019 Rotation

  • Josh Roenicke
  • Austin Bibens-Dirkx
  • 江辰晏 (Chiang Chen-Yen)
  • 施子謙 (Shih Tzu-Chien)
  • 潘威倫 (Pan Wei-Lun)

知念広弥 (Chinen Kohya) 2018 Performance

The Uni-Lions’ signed Chinen Kohya as the fourth backup pitcher and assigned him to the farm team for most of the 2018 season. From March to August, he made 18 appearances and posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 81.1 innings in the CPBL farm league.

On August 16, 2018, the Uni-Lions briefly called up Chinen Kohya to replaced David Martinez. However, due to a string of rainouts. Chinen only appeared in one game where he went 4.2 innings and was charged with seven earned runs.

With the August 31 trade deadline approaching, the Uni-Lions ran out of time and decided to release Chinen to make room for Andy Van Hakken.

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 2019 CPBL season.


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