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According to Baseball America, the Twins signed a right-handed pitcher from Taiwan last June for $60,000. His name is Chen Hung-yi. He is an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher who has pitched on Taiwan’s national team in some international competitions. He is just 5-10 and stocky. His fastball is thrown around 87 mph although he has hit 91 on a radar gun. He also throws a sinker, slider and a forkball, although I wonder if the Twins would let him throw that pitch early in his career. He is also working on a changeup that will be very important for him if he wants to move forward. He is now on his way to Ft. Myers where he will join the Twins Extended Spring Training participants. He should pitch some for the GCL Twins this year.
The Twins continue to make their presence known all around the globe. He joins Lin Wang-Wei as the Twins signed from Taiwan.
According to this interview with Cary Broder, the Twins scout located in Taiwan who signed Chen Hung-yi, the Twins signed him last year. He also discusses the process and his involvement in the Twins signing of Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and much more. It is a terrific interview.
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