Chun-Liang Wu

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Chun-Liang Wu (吳俊良)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 200 lb.

Chun-Liang Wu pitched for several years in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He is the uncle of Chun-Yi Wu.

Wu pitched in the 1986 Little League World Series, during which he was timed at 75 mph. He later played in the 1990 World Junior Championship and 1993 Asian Championship. He was 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in the 1994 Baseball World Cup. He was in the 1994 Asian Games and 1995 Asian Championship. In the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, the 21-year-old led Taiwan with 13 1/3 IP. He was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA but that was somewhat deceptive as four of the six runs against him were unearned.

Wu went to spring training with the Yomiuri Giants in 1996 then began his professional career in 1997 with the Uni-President Lions, going 12-10 with a 3.25 ERA. He made the Best Ten as the top pitcher in the CPBL. He was 6th in ERA, but third among native-born hurlers. He was 15-6 with a 3.17 ERA in 1998 to place 10th in ERA and also pitched in the 1998 Asian Games.

Wu remained sharp in '99 with a 14-4, 3.19 record. He faded to 2-2, 4.10 in 2000 but rebounded to go 4-8 with a 2.72 ERA in 2001. He battled right foot and spinal stenosis problems in 2002, when he was 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA. He ended his playing career by allowing one earned run in 4 1/3 IP in 2003.

Wu then became an assistant pitching coach for the Lions. He became their head pitching coach in April 2007 and held that job for a year and a half.

Wu threw a slider, curveball, forkball and fastball (peak 92.5 mph).