Chih-Jung Liu

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Chih-Jung Liu (劉致榮)

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Chih-Jung Liu has played for the Taiwanese national team.

Liu was the All-Star second baseman in the 2016 Asian U-18 Championship, helping Taiwan win Silver. [1] He was a two-way threat in the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup, losing to South Korea and beating Mexico as a pitcher and going 4 for 4 against Italy. He hit .316/.500/.316 with 7 walks in 7 games and had a 1.92 ERA. His 13 batters whiffed tied for the team lead. [2] He was MVP of the 2019 Asian Championship as Taiwan won the event. He fanned two batters in one inning to close out the win over South Korea. In his other game, he saved Tsung-Hao Wang's 5-4 win over Japan in the finale, striking out five in 2 1/3 shutout innings and allowing only one hit. [3] Shortly thereafter, the Boston Red Sox signed him, with a bonus of $700,000 to $1 million. His fastball had been timed at 98 mph. [4]

When Liu reported to spring training in 2020, he was the subject of erroneous rumors claiming that the team had placed him under quarantine for fear of the spread of the coronavirus that was prevalent in Asia at the time. The team explained that he was only asked to delay reporting to Fort Myers, FL in "an overabundance of caution." He was still conducting normal workouts in the meantime.

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