Chien-San Kao

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Chien-San Kao (高建三)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 205 lb.

Chien-San Kao has been a pitcher in the Chinese Professional Baseball League for over a decade.

Kao pitched for Taiwan in the 1991 World Junior Championship, 1994 Baseball World Cup (6 runs, 7 hits in 4 2/3 innings) and the 1994 Asian Games. After college, he joined the China Trust Whales.

Kao debuted for the Whales in 1998, with a save and a 4.16 ERA in 17 games. In 1999, Kao went 4-2 with a save and a 2.44 ERA. He improved to 7-4 with five saves and a 2.45 ERA in 2000, finishing 6th in ERA. He was a starting pitcher in 2001 and was 12-10 with a 2.95 ERA. He was 4-3 with two saves and a 3.97 ERA in 2002. In 2003, the veteran right-hander was 8-5 with four saves and a 3.81 ERA.

Kao posted a 10-11, 2.91 record in 2004 to place 9th in ERA, between Shin Nakagomi and Cory Bailey. He was 5-7, 4.16 in 2005. In 2006, he fell to 3-9, 5.40, followed by 1-2, 7.40 in 2007.

Kao moved to the Uni-President Lions in 2008 and made a huge turnaround, with his best ERA yet (2.39). He was 2-3 with 10 saves. Kao went 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 2009; he saved 66 games to set a new CPBL record, breaking the record of 62 held by Ming-Chin Lee. He held the record only one year before Chao-Hao Tseng broke it.