Chih-Jung Liu Salem Red Sox Pitcher

Age: 22
Born: April 7, 1999
Birthplace: Tainan City, Taiwan
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eleigible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Oct. 2019)
College: Culture (Taiwan)
High School: Chong Xue Guo Xiao

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Pronunciation: chee yung loo
First Pro Contract: October 22, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Louie Lin, Brett Ward, Chris Becerra, & Eddie Romero
Signing Bonus: $750,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2026
Pro Debut: July 1, 2021 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
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  Physical Description: Mid-sized, athletic frame. Has some projection left in his upper half and should add strength as he matures. 

Mechanics: Throws from a compact, high-three-quarters arm slot, starting on the first base side of the rubber. Pronounced leg kick with large stride towards home plate. Falls off to the first base side post-delivery, sometimes significantly. Effortful but not violent arm mechanics.

Fastball: Sat 88-92 mph, topping out at 93 mph, at Fall Instructs 2020, down significantly from where he reportedly sat before signing. Also showed a two-seam fastball with late downward movement. Reportedly sat 93-96 mph and topped out at 97-98 mph with his four-seam prior to signing. Potential average offering.

Slider: 82-85 mph. Shorter breaking ball with more tilt. Pitch is inconsistent; does not always snap it off.

Curveball: 80-82 mph. Vertical, with longer break.

Changeup: 80-83 mph. Will flash late fade.

Split-Finger Fastball: 82-84 mph. Will flash late downward action.
  Career Notes: Two-way player in high school who both pitched and was a switch-hitting shortstop. Showed great range and athleticism at short. Was reportedly overused on the mound. Pitched for Taiwan in the 2017 U18 World Cup. Went to Culture University out of high school rather than entering the CBPL draft. Took a break from pitching for two seasons to rest his arm. Returned to pitching in 2019, dialing his fastball up to 98 mph. Was named MVP of the 2019 Asian Baseball Championship, where he was a teammate of Tzu-Wei Lin. Did not pitch much in 2020 spring training because team had him quarantine after arriving in Fort Myers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and camp was ended before he could really take the mound. Participated in 2020 Fall Instructional League, essentially his stateside debut. Was promoted from the FCL to Low-A Salem after a single start, largely based on a strong Extended Spring Training showing.

Summation: Athletic right-hander with a wide-ranging pitch mix, but none projecting as more than average based on initial looks at 2020 Fall Instructional League. Showed feel for pitching, but stuff was down considerably from prior reports, which could have been due to the long layoff from the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season. Has potential based on the reports from prior to his signing, but also comes with substantial risk.

This page will be updated with a scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
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    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 22     stats                            
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 22     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2019 Asian Baseball Championship MVP Pitcher of the Week (July 5-11, 2021)  

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