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Chia-Jen Lo

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Chia-Jen Lo (羅嘉仁)

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Chia-Jen Lo is a pitcher who has appeared for Taiwan's national teams in junior, college and senior level competition. He began his minor league career in 2009 and reached the major leagues in 2013. Lo throws a curveball and a fastball topping out at high-90s.

Lo was with Taiwan for the 2004 World Junior Championship when they finished fifth; he pitched two innings, allowing no hits or runs, striking out three, walking one and plunking one. He played with the senior team in the 2005 Asian Championship despite still being a teenager. In the 2006 World University Championship, he again represented his country. In the 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, he threw 3 2/3 innings, fanning four and allowing two hits and a walk while saving one game. He was Taiwan's worst hurler in the 2007 World Port Tournament, with a 5.00 ERA and no decisions in two games.

Lo returned to the senior team for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. He allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings and saved one outing as Taiwan locked up a spot in the 2008 Olympics. His save came against the German national team and was not without difficulty; with a 2-0 lead in the 9th, he allowed a double to Jendrick Speer and Dominik Wulf single but recovered to get cleanup man Kai Gronauer (a future US minor leaguer) and former minor leaguer Michael Franke. He blew a save against Team Canada - with a 5-4 lead and two outs in the 9th, he allowed a Stubby Clapp single and Mike Saunders drove home Clapp. Chien-Ming Chiang relieved and lost the game in extra innings.

Lo threw three scoreless innings for Taiwan in the 2008 World University Championship, when they won Bronze. Lo was ineffective in the 2008 Olympics, allowing 4 baserunners and a run in 2 innings of work. He relieved Fu-Te Ni with two on in the 8th with a 2-0 lead against the Chinese national team and blew the game open, allowing a RBI single to Yufeng Zhang and 2-run double to Wei Wang; Taiwan went on to lose in an upset in extra innings.

In October 2008, Lo was signed by Houston Astros' Pacific Rim scouting director Glen Barker for $250,000. He was the first Taiwanese player ever signed by Houston. He was on Taiwan's roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not get into a game.

Lo was assigned to the Lancaster Jethawks and made his US debut on April 10, 2009, against the High Desert Mavericks. He tossed two shutout relief innings, walking two, fanning two and allowing no hits.


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