Chih-Chieh Su

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Chih-Chieh Su (蘇智傑)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chih-Chieh Su was a 4-time All-Star in the CPBL.

Su hit .318 in the 2011 Asian Junior Championship then batted .290/.361/.387 with 5 runs and 5 RBI in 8 games in the 2012 World Junior Championship; he was named All-Star 1B in the latter event. He was 3 for 18 with two walks, a homer and a steal in the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week and played in the 2014 U-21 Baseball World Cup.

In the 2015 World Port Tournament, Su was 4 for 19 with a RBI in seven games. He was Taiwan's right fielder in the 2015 Asian Championship and went 7 for 17 with 5 runs and 8 RBI for the Silver Medalists; he had 3 putouts and one assist. His homer off Tomohito Sakai was the big hit in the win over defending champion Japan to determine second place. Su tied Min-Hsun Chang for third on the team in hits (one behind Tzu-Wei Lin and Yu-Ning Tsao) and he led the event in RBI (one more than Woo-sung Lee). Su then played for the Taiwan National Training Team in the Asian Winter League in 2015.

The Uni-President Lions drafted Su in the first round of the 2016 CPBL Draft, and he soon became their starting third baseman after signing. He hit .333/.398/.566 with 9 homers in 44 games in his rookie year. Su was selected into the 2017 CPBL All-Star Game, and he was 0-for-2. He ended up hitting .351/.423/.593 with 17 homers in 2017, ranking 4th in batting (.056 behind Po-Jung Wang), 8th in homers (14 behind Wang), 4th in RBI (24 behind Wang) and 5th in hits (53 behind Wang). He also played for Taiwan in the 2017 Universiade and 2017 Asia Professional Baseball Championship. In the latter event, he was 1-for-4 with a single against Pil-joon Jang of South Korea, then he went 0-for-2 versus Japan. Taiwan won Bronze.

Su didn't lose a step, hitting .307/.398/.537 with 17 homers in 2018 despite he missing nearly half of the season due to a right hand injury. He attended the 2018 CPBL All-Star Game, and he had a 2-for-3 record with 2 RBI and won the MVP. In the 2018 Taiwan Series, Su hit .350/.435/.750 with 2 homers and he was named the Outstanding Player of the series, a step behind MVP Chun-Hsiu Chen. The Lions lost to the Lamigo Monkeys in 5 games through.

The Taitung native recorded a .282/.361/.541 batting line with 27 homers in 2019, and he won both Best Ten and CPBL Gold Glove as an outfielder. He led the league in doubles (30) and walks (48), ranking 3rd in homers (3 behind Yu-Hsien Chu) and 6th in RBI (25 behind Yi-Chuan Lin). In the 2019 CPBL All-Star Games, Su crushed 2 solo shots in Game 1 (against Radhames Liz and Hung-Cheng Wang), then he was 1-for-4 in Game 2. Su was the first local player in CPBL history to crush 2 homers in an All-Star Game. He then represented Taiwan in the 2019 Premier 12, but he was 0-for-16.

Su hit .313/.394/.594 with 28 homers in 2020, and he led the league in runs (104) and strikeouts (115). He and his teammates Chieh-Hsien Chen and An-Ko Lin composed the "Outfield Ghosts Trio", and they all won the Best Ten award. Su was 8th in batting (.047 behind Chen), 6th in hits (37 behind Chen), 2nd in homers (4 behind Lin) and 2nd in RBI (1 behind Lin). He only hit .125/.176/.125 in the 2020 Taiwan Series, and the Lions beat the CTBC Brothers in 7 games.

In 2021, Su slumped to .275/.337/.413 with 8 homers. In the 2021 Taiwan Series, Su hit .333/.375/.333 and the Lions were swept by the Brothers. He suffered from right knee injury in 2022, and he nearly missed the entire season. Su came back in 2023, hitting .300/.391/.447 with 12 homers and won his third Best Ten. He was 6th in batting (.338 behind Chia-Jung Liang), 6th in homers (11 behind Giljegiljaw Kungkuan), 4th in hits (14 behind Chi-Hung Liu) and 3rd in RBI (7 behind Chien-Fu Liao). He hit .455/.500/.818 in the 2023 CPBL Playoff Series, but the Lions were still eliminated by the Monkeys.