Bo-Hao Chen

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Bo-Hao Chen (陳柏豪)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 154 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bo-Hao Chen has pitched in the CPBL and for the Taiwanese national team.

Chen was picked by the Chinatrust Brothers in the 3rd round of the 2017 CPBL Draft. [1] He was very good in the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup, allowing only one hit and one unearned run in 4 2/3 IP (3 BB) while fanning nine. He got a win over Canada and a save against the Netherlands. [2] He made it to the CPBL that year, allowing one run (two hits, one walk) in one inning. He became the youngest pitcher (18 years, 266 days) to appear in the CPBL playoffs (Tse-Chun Wang (19 years, 75 days) had held the record). [3] In the 2018 CPBL, he was 3-3 with 3 saves but with a 7.24 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 35 games.

The Taichung native was the youngest player for Taiwan in the 2018 Asian Games and their only teenager. Hao-Wei Shen was their next-youngest and was over a year older. Chen turned in three solid relief appearances. He was one of seven Taiwanese hurlers to each work one inning in a 15-0 mercy rule rout of Indonesia. Relieving Yu-Hsiang Lin in the second with a 6-0 lead, he retired Ranjani and Riski Moehammad Adjhari on grounders then struck out Bachtiar Sanjaya. Hua-Ching Lin took over in the 3rd. In a 5-0 loss to Japan, he relieved Yu-Hsiang Lin in the 9th and whiffed both Koji Chikamoto and Shoji Kitamura, then got Jumpei Horimai on a fly. Finally, in the Bronze Medal Game, he relieved Yu-Pu Wang to close out a 10-0 win over China. Chenchen Luan grounded into an error by Chen, then Yunqi Song also grounded back to the mound and Chen went to second for the force. He struck out Jin Yang swinging then retired Zhenhong Lu. [4]

Chen improved in 2019, and he had a 4.12 ERA in 25 appearances. In the 2019 Taiwan Series, Chen went 1 2/3 shutout innings in Game 1, then recorded 2 shutout innings in Game 2. He allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings in Game 5, and the Brothers were beaten by the Lamigo Monkeys in 5 games. He recorded a 3.38 ERA in 41 games in 2020, and he also notched 7 holds. Chen struggled in the 2020 Taiwan Series, as he allowed 4 runs in 2/3 of a inning in 2 games combined. The Brothers lost to the Uni-President Lions in 7 games. However, he slumped to a 6.75 ERA in 2021. Chen bounced back soon, and he had a 2.39 ERA in 19 games as a swingman in 2022. He stayed in the minors for nearly the entire 2023 season, and he only pitched 4 games with the big club. When the Brothers signed free agent Chun-Hsiu Chen, the Monkeys selected Chen as the compensation.

He throws a fastball (peak 95 mph as of 2023), slider and curveball.