Cheng-Fei Lin

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Cheng-Fei Lin (林承飛)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 172 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Cheng-Fei Lin has played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Lin hit .348/.448/.609 to star for Taiwan in the 2015 U-18 Baseball World Cup. That year, the Lamigo Monkeys took him in the second round after going for Po-Jung Wang in the first round. He got his first CPBL hit that fall, then homered off Po-Kai Lai on October 12 for his first homer. At age 18 years, 187 days, he was the youngest player to homer in a CPBL game, breaking Tzu-Hao Chen's record by 159 days. He was 4 for 10 with a double and a homer in the 2015 CPBL. He played in the Asian Winter League that year. In 2016, he hit .307/.362/.458 while fielding .976 at short. He was named to the Best Ten as the league's top shortstop.

He had a sophomore slump at .265/.330/.412 while fielding .968 at short in 2017 but exploded in the 2017 Taiwan Series. After six regular-season homers, he took Cheng-Yu Hung deep in game 3 of the Series, the youngest player to homer in a Taiwan Series game, breaking Tai-Shan Chang's record (he was 22 in 1998). He also set a record with 8 RBI, breaking a mark shared by two players. He drove in two more in game 4 as Lamigo won it all and was presumably a top candidate for Taiwan Series MVP but that went to Chun-Hsiu Chen. Had he won Series MVP, he would have been the third Monkeys shortstop in six years to win the award; Chih-Sheng Lin won in 2012 and De-Long Yu in 2014.

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