Chih-Jung Liu Future Contract Pitcher

Age: 21
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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Chih-Jung Liu photos by Kelly O'Connor
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: Yed to debut
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, large stride towards home plate. Falls off to the first base side post-delivery, sometimes significantly. Effortful but not violent arm mechanics.

Fastball: Reportledly sits at 93-96 mph and has topped out at 97-98 mph at age 20.

Slider: Low-80s slider shows plus potential in video. Reportedly inconistent.

Changeup: Low 80s changeup with some fade.
  Career Notes: Two-way player in high school, pitching and working as a switch-hitting shortstop. Showed great range and athleticsm 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. After arriving in Fort Myers for Spring Training in 2020, missed time when team had him quarantine in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participated in 2020 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: High ceiling based on early video looks at his fastball-slider combo. Will need to show a third pitch. Still has projection.  Athleticsm could carry him far.

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

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