Chien-Yu Kuo

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Chien-Yu Kuo (郭健瑜)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.

Chien-Yu Kuo plays in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Kuo was a batboy for the Wei Chuan Dragons when he was young, handling the bats of future teammates and opponents like Tai-Shan Chang and Chun-Chang Yeh. He played for Taiwan in the 2004 World University Championship. An outfielder primarily at that point in his career, he strained his ankle as a junior and it took five months to heal. During that time, he pitched to stay active, figuring it would be short-term.

Kuo hit .207/.303/.310 for Taiwan in the 2007 World Port Tournament. The Uni-President Lions picked Kuo in the 2007 draft. He was found to have an inflamed right elbow shortly after being picked and got his chance to try his hand at hitting as his arm rested. He hit .315 and stole 11 bases in 32 contests for the Lions' farm team in 2008. The club released him following the season; Kuo was so upset, he did not even tell his parents.

Kuo decided to try out for the Sinon Bulls, but manager Sheng-Ming Hsu decided he should pitch, giving him three days to think it over. Kuo decided to pitch due to the quantity of top outfielders in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, which only had four teams at that point in time.

Kuo impressed enough as a pitcher to make the Bulls in 2009. He is 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA after 12 games.

Kuo throws a slider, forkball and fastball (peak speed of 92 mph).