Here's all you need to know about Tzu-Wei Lin, soon to be the most hyped Taiwanese amateur baseball player in recent memory. So does the ability match the hype? Let's see below:
DOB: 2/15/94 (18 years old)
HS: Kao-Yuan HS in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Achievements & Awards:
· 2006—Hsieh Kuo-Chen little league tournament batting title (0.800)
· 2006—Unified Cup little league tournament batting title (0.727)
· 2006--60th World little league domestic qualifying tournament RBI title
· 2008--Taipei International Cities junior high school baseball tournament HR title
· 2009- Golden Dragon Cup high school tournament batting title
· 2010--Yu-Shan Cup national high school tournament batting title (0.466)
· 2010 IBAF 18U junior world championship games 7/25/2010 vs. Australia went 5-5, 2 RBI, scored 4 runs
· 2010 IBAF 18U junior world championship games 7/30/2010 vs. Netherlands went 2-3 including 3 run HR
· 2010 IBAF 18U junior world championship games 7/31/2010 vs. Canada went 4-5, 2 RBI
· 2010 IBAF 18U junior world championship games tournament MVP, batting title, most run scored, best defensive player, best 3rd baseman
· 2010 Tong-Kao Cup national high school tournament batting title
· 2011 BFA Asian junior tournament all-star team (in 5 games and 21 AB, hit .476, 10 hits, 1 double, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 runs, 1 strikeout, 3 BB, 2 SB)
· 2011 BFA Asian junior tournament best OF award
· 2010 IBAF 18U world player of the year award
*Speed: 70/70 - lightning fast (top time to 1st base: 3.79 seconds), has shown the ability to get good reads and jump on pitchers, aggressive on the base paths, plus instincts with base running.
*Hitting/Approach: 35/65 - utilizes a quick and compact swing, has tremendous hand/eye coordination, squares up on balls and makes hard contact consistently - utilizing all parts of the field, rarely strikes out with good patience and pitch recognition, strong wrists, has a high OBP.
*Power: 30/35 - below average at this time, has gap to gap power.
*Intangibles: Profiles as a leadoff hitter, is fundamentally sound, has risen to the challenge during big games - performing well against top competition in major international contests, is mentally tough, demonstrating leadership skills, plus athleticism and overall skill set has some comparing him to a younger and shorter version of Jose Reyes.