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CPBL Draft: Elephants Pick Former MVP

TAIWAN – Former Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) Rookie of the Year and MVP Lin En-yu was chosen as the top pick in this year’s CPBL Player Draft by the Brother Elephants. The right-hander played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan the past three seasons.

A total of 51 players were chosen during the draft with all four league clubs selecting a pitcher in the opening round.

Lin (pictured) throws an array of different pitches and features a fastball that reaches 94 mph. He has been a frequent member of the Chinese Taipei national baseball team since 2003, but has been plagued by injuries and subpar performances during his stint in Japan.

The Sinon Bulls snatched 18-year-old pitching sensation Chang Keng-hao of Nan Ying Vocational High School with the second pick. Chang will attempt to jump directly from high school baseball to the Taiwanese professional baseball ranks.

La New took former ABL hurler Lee Chu-kwan with the third selection while two-time reigning CPBL champion Uni-President Lions grabbed Tsai Ching-hao with its top pick.


Round 1:
1. En-Yu Lin, Elephants
2. Keng-Hao Chang, Bulls
3. Chu-Kuan Lee, Bears
4. Ching-Hao Tsai, Lions

Round 2:
1. Chi-Hao Chang, Elephants
2. Cheng-Lung Lo, Bulls
3. Chun-Chieh Kuo, Bears
4. Chi-Hsiang Lin, Lions

Round 3:
1. Wei-Chien Chen, Elephants
2. Shao-Ying Meng, Bulls
3. Chia-Wei Lin, Bears
4. Yuan-Chin Chu, Lions

Round 4:
1. Fan-Shuo Chen, Elephants
2. Chih-Ming Chuo, Bulls
3. Yu-Chi Hsiao, Bears
4. Chia-Jung He, Lions

Round 5:
1. Chia-Ming Huang, Elephants
2. Hsien-Hsien Yang, Bulls
3. Hsiu-Wei Kuo, Bears
4. Wai-Jen Cheng, Lions

The draft had 10 full rounds followed by the 11th round where the first 3 teams picked players. Rounds 12-19 saw only the Elephants pick up a player in each round. The Lions drafted two siblings of famous players: Yu-Chieh Tseng (Sung-Wei Tseng’s bro) in the 7th round and Kuo-Hua Lo (Kuo-Hui Lo’s bro) in the 9th round.

Source: Taiwan Baseball

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