Chuang-Hsun Tu

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Chuang-Hsun Tu (凃壯勳)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 194 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chuang-Hsun Tu caught in the CPBL and for the Chinese Taipei national baseball team.

Tu was drafted by the Uni-President Lions in the 2004 CPBL draft. He then made Taiwan's roster for the 2004 World University Championship, 2005 Asian Championship and 2005 Baseball World Cup. He was 2 for 7 with 3 RBI in the Asian Championship. In the '05 World Cup, he was 0 for 2, backing up Yi-Wei Lee. The young catcher debuted in the CPBL on March 22 2006, and got his first hit off Chun-Chung Huang at that game. Tu hit .190/.190/.238 in his rookie year, and hit .292/.358/.417 among 31 games in 2008. With superstar catcher Chih-Kang Kao on the team, Tu didn't get many chances. He only played 13, 31, 46, 50 games respectively in his first four seasons. Tu got 118 at-bats in 2011 with a .210/.274/.280 due to Kao's injury, but when Kao returned, Tu's plate appearances were limited to 80 in 2012, and even fell to 13 in 2013. He was the backup catcher for Taiwan in 2012 Asian Championship.

Tu finally got some chances when the other backup catcher, Chun-Hui Chen, retired in 2014, hitting .202/.231/.218 with a career-high 135 at-bats, and was selected into the All-Star Game the first time in his career. However, when the Lions drafted talented prospects like Chun-Wei Kuo in the 2015 draft, the 34-years-old Tu announced his retirement after the 2016 season, and turned into a coach for the Lions. He served as strength and conditioning coach from 2019 to present (2023).