Chih-Ping Lin

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Chih-Ping Lin (林智平)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 172 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chih-Ping Lin has played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, as has his cousin Hao-Jan Huang.

Lin played for Taiwan in the 2003 Asian Junior Championship. He was a 4th-round pick of the La New Bears in the 2007 CPBL Draft. In 2008, he led the Taiwanese minors with a .398 average. He made his CPBL debut in 2009, hitting .275/.357/.329 while fielding .962, mainly at second base. He attended the 2009 CPBL All-Star Game as a rookie, and he went 2-for-2. In 2010, he fell to .238/.299/.270 and fielded .944 as a utility infielder. The team was renamed the Lamigo Monkeys in 2011 and Lin hit .292/.393/.380 for them, though he fielded only .905, playing primarily third base.

Chih-Ping produced at a .278/.360/.321 clip with 60 RBI in 102 games in 2012. He fielded .932 as the starting third baseman for Lamigo. In the 2012 Taiwan Series, he helped the Monkeys win it all, hitting .211/.250/.211 in the whole series. He improved to .286/.347/.338 with 12 steals in 2013, and he won both Best Ten and CPBL Gold Glove as a third baseman. He was also selected into the 2013 CPBL All-Star Game, and he was 1-for-2 with a double. He extended his solid performance, hitting .275/.336/.326 in 2014 and led the league with 32 steals. Lin won the Best Ten again. In the 2014 Taiwan Series, he hit .350/.435/.450 to help the Monkeys beat the CTBC Brothers in 5 games.

Lin had his career year in 2015. He broke the CPBL record as he collected 6 hits in a game on March 27 against the Brothers, and he also completed the 1,000th steal in Lamigo history on June 16. He became the 22th player in CPBL history to have 100 career steals when he reached the mark on September 4, and he was the third Monkey player to accomplish this achievement. Lin ended up hitting .305/.373/.384 with a league-leading 32 steals. He was 1-for-4 in the 2015 Taiwan Series as a backup of De-Long Yu, and the Monkeys beat the Brothers in 7 games. He won his third Best ten this year.

The Hualien native recorded a .365/.421/.444 batting line in 2016, and he won his second Gold Glove. He became the first player in CPBL history to collect 5 hits on opening day. He slumped to .265/.311/.353 in 2017. In the 2017 Taiwan Series, Lin hit .211/.250/.263 to help the Monkeys beat the Brothers in 4 games. He continued struggling in 2018 as his batting line was .248/.294/.303 and he lost the starting spot. He had a terrible .209/.277/.244 batting line in 2016. Lin bounced back in 2020, and he recorded a .325/.379/.397 in 86 games. However, he slumped to .229/.269/.250 in 2021, and he only played 19 games combined with the big club in the next two seasons. He was 3-for-5 in the 2023 Taiwan Series, but the Monkeys lost to the Wei Chuan Dragons in 7 games.