Although it still hasn’t officially been reported by the team, several stories broke at the beginning of the week stating that the Dodgers have signed righty pitcher Lin Huei-Sheng. Apparently, the contract involves a signing bonus in the vicinity of $300K. It has also been stated that the deal is pending a physical, which may be the reason for the holdup in the club making an official announcement.
There’s not much information available on the 20-year-old native from Taiwan, but CPBL Stats provides a few useful tidbits along with some interesting background information. Recently, he has touched as high as 95 MPH on the radar gun. According to his scouting report, he features a forkball, a slider and a curve in addition to his fastball.
According to CPBL Stats, Lin initially intended on pursuing a career in the MLB right after high school in 2017; however, an injury (to his “waist”) kept him grounded in Taiwan, as he enrolled at the Linko Campus of the National Sports University. With plenty of time to recover, the University held a showcase for Lin last November, attracting scouts from more than 10 clubs across the MLB.
I did a little digging of my own and stumbled across his profile page on pointstreak.com. As shown by his recent stats there, there could be some control issues, as he walked 20 batters over 32-2/3 innings for the Taiwan T-Bolts in summer ball last year. During that time, he made seven starts and put together a 3-2 record with a 3.30 ERA and 25 punchouts.
The highlight of the season came against the Gaithersburg Giants on July 20, when he threw seven full innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit while striking out six and walking two.
Here’s a video provided by CPBL Stats highlighting his mechanics and delivery:
Once he arrives stateside, it would probably be safe to assume that Lin starts his career with the AZL Dodgers, and if he settles in soon enough, he may be able to throw for Low-A Ogden when the short season begins later in the summer.