Chen-Hua Lin

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Chen-Hua Lin (林晨樺)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 194 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chen-Hua Lin pitched in the CPBL for 9 years.

Lin represented Taiwan in the 2009 World Port Tournament. He appeared in five games, tying Michiel van Kampen for the most games pitched in the tourney. He had one save and allowed four hits, two walks and no runs in seven innings. He was third in opponent OBP and second to Maikel Folch in ERA. He also represented Taiwan in the 2009 Asian Championship. In the 2009 Baseball World Cup, he allowed 16 H in 7 2/3 IP and had a 10.57 ERA. He appeared in the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week (taking a tough 1-0 loss to the Netherlands when Bryan Engelhardt took him yard) and 2010 World University Championship. He threw a two-hitter to beat Yu-Chung Leung and Hong Kong in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup. His .083 average was second, .003 behind Cody Cillo, and he tied for 8th in strikeouts (9). He also appeared in the 2011 World Port Tournament, allowing only one hit in 4 2/3 IP while fanning five. During the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he worked 2 1/3 shutout innings.

The EDA Rhinos drafted him in the first round of the 2011 CPBL Draft, and he soon entered the rotation. He was selected into the 2012 CPBL All-Star Game, and he notched a hold with a shutout inning. Lin ended up 7-10 with a 3.96 ERA for the 2012 CPBL, and he was 5th in ERA (1.48 behind Jon Leicester). The 2013 season was Lin's career year. He was 15-8 with a 3.71 ERA to win his only Best Ten as the league's top pitcher, and he led the league in wins. Lin attended the 2013 CPBL All-Star Game, but he allowed 5 runs in 2 innings. In the 2013 Taiwan Series, Lin succeeded Huan-Yang Chen in the 7th inning of Game 1, but he gave up 2 hits then he was pulled out. He then started in Game 3, and he pitched 5 innings with a run allowed and ended up no-decision. The Rhinos were swept by the Uni-President Lions.

However, the 2013 season was the last productive season for Lin. He slumped to a 5.31 ERA in 25 games in 2014 and he was removed from the rotation in the middle of the season. He still struggled in 2015, and he only pitched 12 games with a 5.87 ERA. He had 40 appearances in 2016, but his ERA was 6.05. He still managed to represent Taiwan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and he pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings. Lin was 2-2 with a 5.60 ERA in 2017, and he recorded a 5.86 ERA in 41 games in 2018. His ERA rose to 7.30 in 2019, then he bounced back and had a 4.97 ERA in 45 relief outings in 2020. Lin only only pitched 3 games in 2021, and he announced his retirement.

Overall, Lin was 33-32 with a 4.86 ERA, struck out 356 and pitched 579 1/3 innings in 9 seasons in the CPBL.

Lin throws a sinker, slider, forkball, changeup and fastball (peak 89.5 mph).