*Giants Ni-gun lefty Yu-Hung Lee was released by the Giants.
His former ni-gun teammate, Yi-Hao Lin has impressed enough to be considered for a closer role with the parent team next year.
*Speaking of Yi-Hao Lin, he was very impressive against the MLB All-Star travel squad. Lin was one of a few pitchers to put up a 0.00 ERA (3 IP, 3 Ks, 1 H, 1 BB) against some top talent from the MLB.
Other NT pitchers to impress against the ML All-Stars include:
1)Yao-Lin Wang - In 2 games, had a 3.60 ERA, K'ing 4, walking 6 in 5 IP.
2)Fu-Te Ni - In his sole appearance, allowed only 1 run on 2 hits over 3.1 IP (2.70 ERA)
3)Chun-Lin Kuo - This 19 year old blanked the MLB hitters he faced in his only appearance of the Series. He had 3 K's, 0 BB's, 0 hits allowed in 2.1 IP. (0.00 ERA)
4)Kai-Wen Cheng - Although he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (including a HR) in 4 IP, he did K 7 MLB hitters.
The top hitter for the NT was not surprisingly, Che-Hsuan Lin.
CH Lin hit .417 (5/12) with 2 XBH (doubles) and 2 RBI.
His other heralded teammate, Chun-Hsiu Chen hit .250 (4-16) with 1 XBH (double), RBI, and 2 runs scored.
Other MLB farmhands such as Pin-Chieh Chen (2-4 with a double) and Chih-Fang Pan (1-4, 2B, RBI) showed promise at the plate, but did not get many opportunities. It was frustrating watching guys like IF Wei-Ting Lin get more PAs (0 for 7 at the plate with 6 K's).
Aside from CH Lin, 1B Chih-Pei Huang had a .294 BA (5/17).
*Dragons lefty Wei-Yin Chen had a nice start against the Hawks in game 1 of the Japan Series. Matched against T. Wada, another top lefty in the NPB, Chen earned a ND, but K'd 11 in the process (8 IP, 1 R, 4 H). View his outing on YouTube here.
There is a lot of speculation about Chen making the jump to the MLB after the season. (Google Wei-Yin Chen in the news section)
*Chin-Lung Hu is currently playing in Australia (Adelaide Bite)