Fu-Hao Liu

From BR Bullpen

Fu-Hao Liu (劉芙豪) (Little Pot)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

BR register page

Biographical Information[edit]

Fu-Hao Liu was an outfielder of the Uni-President Lions for 15 years.

Liu was drafted by the Uni-President Lions in the first round of the 2004 CPBL Draft. He started his career well, crushing a solo shot off Darío Veras of the Chinatrust Whales. He was the first local player to hit a homer in his first career at-bat. However, he had a horrible rookie year in 2004, going 7 for 60 in a backup role. In 2005, he improved to .259/.299/.366 as a starter for the Lions. He batted .282/.377/.429 in 2006, won a CPBL Gold Glove and made the Best Ten as one of the top 3 outfielders in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In the 2006 Taiwan Series, he hit .214/.353/.429 and the Lions were swept by the La New Bears.

The Taichung native had a huge year in the 2007, hitting .338/.393/.503. He was 5th in the league in average behind Chin-Feng Chen, Cheng-Min Peng, Kuo-Ching Kao and Chia-Hsien Hsieh. Liu had 12 outfield assists in 93 games. He then came up big in the 2007 Taiwan Series, hitting .385/.448/.846 with 3 homers to help the Lions win the title. Liu was named the Outstanding Player of the series (a step below MVP, which went to Nelson Figueroa). He again won a Gold Glove and made the Best Ten. He represented Taiwan in the 2007 Asian Championship. He pinch-hit for Feng-Min Chen and struck out against Chan-ho Park in his only at-bat of the event.

Liu slumped to .236/.310/.382 in 2008 but still fielded well and won his third Gold Glove. He was selected into the 2008 CPBL All-Star Game, and he crushed a 2-run homer against Cory Bailey. He recorded a .313/.450/.375 batting line in the 2008 Taiwan Series, and the Lions beat the Brother Elephants in 7 games. Liu bounced back soon, hitting .275/.366/.443 with 11 homers in 2009. He was 9th in homers (20 behind Chih-Sheng Lin) and won his fourth straight Gold Glove. Liu attended the 2009 CPBL All-Star Game, and he was 2-for-4. In the 2009 Taiwan Series, Liu hit .233/.303/.367 and helped the Lions win the title again. In 2010, Liu hit .279/.359/.400 with 10 homers and a league-leading 31 steals. He was 3rd in homers (11 behind Lin), 6th in RBI (20 behind Lin) and 10th in hits (21 behind Tai-Shan Chang). He won both a Gold Glove and Best Ten again. He then played for Taiwan in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, hitting .333/.375/.333.

The 2011 season was Liu's career year. He broke the CPBL record for 5 homers leading off a game in a season, and he also broke Long-Yi Huang's CPBL record for hitting 13 homers as a leadoff hitter. On March 25, he and Tai-Chi Kuo became the first pair of teammates to both collect 5 hits in a game against the Sinon Bulls. His batting line was .309/.379/.456 with 14 homers and 31 steals in this season, and he won both the Gold Glove and the Best Ten again. Liu was 5th in homers (8 behind Hung-Yu Lin), 6th in hits (29 behind Cheng-Wei Chang) and 2nd in steals (10 behind Chang). He hit .286/.375/.476 with one homer in the 2011 Taiwan Series, and the Lions won over the Lamigo Monkeys in 5 games.

Liu became the 12th player to collect 100 career steals in the next season, reaching the mark on August 24 against the Bulls. He only hit .254/.345/.350 with 14 steals in 2012, and he was 5th in steals (8 behind Chih-Hao Chang and Cheng-Wei Chang). In the 2012 CPBL All-Star Game, Liu was 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Liu had a .333/.444/.467 batting line in the 2012 Taiwan Series, but the Lions lost to the Monkeys in 5 games. Liu was injured in 2013, so he only played 68 games with a .265/.371/.355 batting line. He also missed the CPBL All-Star Game for the first time since he debut.

The veteran came back in 2014, hitting .271/.336/.415 with 11 homers in 109 games. He was 4th in homers (7 behind Kuo-Hui Kao), 4th in RBI (30 behind Yi-Chuan Lin) and 8th in hits (49 behind Chin-Lung Hu). Since the Lions had several talented young outfielders, Liu didn't have many chances and he only played 61 games with a .274/.367/.509 batting line and 15 homers in 2015. He became the first player to have 2,000 total chances as an outfielder in the CPBL. Liu hit .310/.419/.561 with 11 homers in 2016, and he became the 13th player to crush 100 career homers on April 15 against Fu-Te Ni. He slumped to .239/.302/.341 in 2017, then he announced his retirement. The Lions retired his number 56 in 2022.

Overall, Liu hit .276/.355/.421 with 1,084 hits, 109 homers and 126 steals in 15 seasons in the CPBL. As of 2023, he was 21th in hits (between Hu and Chung-Chiu Lin), 21th in RBI (between Lin and Cheng-Hsien Chen), 22th in homers (between Min-Ching Lo and Chung-Yi Huang), 18th in steals (between Da-Hung Cheng and Chih-Yuan Chen) and 22th in doubles (between Kao and Hu).