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: Average build. On the thin side. Above-average athlete. Has some projection left in his upper half and should add strength as he matures.

Mechanics: Throws from a high-three-quarters arm slot, starting on the first base side of the rubber. Pronounced leg kick with large stride towards home plate. Short arm action and hides the ball behind. Falls off to the first base side post-delivery, sometimes significantly. Effortful but not violent arm mechanics. With runners on base, uses a much shorter leg kick.

Fastball: 91-94 mph, topping out at 95 mph. Has average life and is on the straight side. Below-average command at present. Sat 88-92 mph at Fall Instructs in 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 fastball prior to signing. Potential average offering.

Changeup: 82-84 mph. Pitch shows late, downward movement. Can pull the string on it and have it fall off the table late. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Shows feel and confidence in the pitch. Will throw to both righties and lefties in any count. Used to throw a splitter also, but shelved that pitch in 2021. Potential above-average offering.

Slider: 83-86 mph. Shorter, 10-to-4 shape. Pitch is inconsistent; does not always snap it off. When he does, pitch has flashed bat-missing ability. Can land for a strike or bury down and out of the zone. Potential solid-average offering.

Curveball: 80-82 mph. Vertical with longer break. Potential fringe-average offering.
  Career Notes: Two-way player in high school who was also a switch-hitting shortstop. Showed great range and athleticism at short. Was reportedly overused on the mound. Pitched for Taiwan in the 2017 U-18 World Cup. Went to Culture University out of high school rather than enter 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: Potential up-and-down swingman type with the chance to develop into a depth starter. Ceiling of a back-end starting pitcher. Still has a wide range of outcomes, as his stuff and arsenal are constantly evolving with each new look. In the 2020 Fall Instructional League, his velocity was down and none of his pitches projected as better than average. In 2021, velocity started to tick back up and secondaries showed more potential, but his velocity was still down from where he was reportedly at before he signed. Has the potential for three at-least-average pitches, but his frame is fairly slight to handle the rigors of starting long-term and he has not yet shown consistency with stuff from outing-to-outing and year-to-year.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 22 0 0 3.60 1 1 0 5.0 3 2 2 2 0 0 6 0.60 10.80 0.00
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 22 5 1 4.29 12 12 0 50.1 49 26 24 4 2 19 54 1.35 9.70 3.40
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
  2022 TBD --- --- Bos 23     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2019 Asian Baseball Championship MVP   SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 5-11, 2021)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 9-15, 2021)
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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