Chun-Chung Huang

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Chun-Chung Huang (黃俊中) (Spanish Chung)
also known as Kevin Huang

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 170-198 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chun-Chung Huang, also known as Kevin Huang, pitched three years in both the USA and Taiwan. He pitched in the Olympics and in the World Baseball Classic before he was banned from life from Taiwanese baseball.

Huang was with Taiwan for the 2000 World Junior Championship. He was the first player from Taiwan ever signed by the Boston Red Sox. He split 2001 between the GCL Red Sox (0-2, 3 Sv, 3.65, 15 K in 12 1/3 IP) and the Lowell Spinners (5-2, 2.25, 55 K in 48 IP). Had he qualified, he would have been 8th in the New York-Penn League in ERA.

The Pingtung County native was 5-2 with four saves and a 5.06 ERA for the 2002 Augusta Green Jackets, striking out 56 in 58 2/3 IP. He split 2003 between Augusta (2-5, 2 Sv, 3.86, 77 K in 72 1/3 IP) and Sarasota Red Sox (1-0, Sv, 3.97). He had struck out 212 in 202 2/3 IP in his US career and gone 14-11 with 10 saves and a 3.82 ERA.

The Red Sox put Huang on the restricted list for all of 2004. He pitched for Taiwan in the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week, striking out eight and allowing no runs in five innings, saving one contest. He remained with them for the 2004 Olympics, allowing two runs in four innings, both coming in a two-inning relief stint against the eventual Gold Medalist, Cuba. Huang was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder in 2005, missing all season. Then the Red Sox released him.

Despite not pitching in 2005, Huang was with Taiwan for the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He was used in one game, relieving Sung-Wei Tseng in the 6th versus Japan with a 11-1 deficit. He began by allowing back-to-back singles to Takahiro Arai and Ryoji Aikawa. With men on the corners, he got Munenori Kawasaki to hit into a run-scoring force at second. Hong-Chih Kuo relieved Huang at that point.

Huang then joined the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2006 as the La New Bears selected him in the first round of the 2005 CPBL Draft, going 3-1 with 3 saves and a 3.04 ERA. He improved to 9-5 with 12 saves and a 2.26 ERA in 2007. Had he qualified, he would have tied Wei-Lun Pan for second in ERA, behind Peter Munro. He struggled in game one of the 2007 Taiwan Series, as he allowed 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings and got the loss. He then started in Game 3 and pitched 3 2/3 innings with 3 runs allowed. In Game 7, Huang pitched 1 1/3 innings with a run allowed, and the Monkeys lost to the Uni-President Lions. Huang was with Taiwan for the 2007 Asian Championship, allowing one run (a solo homer by Jin-man Park) after relieving En-Yu Lin in a loss to South Korea.

In the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, he made his final appearance with the Taiwan national team. Huang tossed a scoreless inning against the German national team, allowing a Jendrick Speer double, and threw a goose egg versus Team Canada with one single. He fell to 1-3 with a save and a 5.67 ERA for the Bears in 2008 and was then released. In 2009, he was banned from the CPBL for his role in one of Taiwan's gambling scandals.

Huang's repertoire included a fastball (peak 96 mph), slider, curveball and sinker.

Overall, Huang was 13-9 with a 3.34 ERA, struck out 136 and pitched 186 innings in 3 seasons in the CPBL.