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Kai-Lun Chen

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Kai-Lun Chen (陳凱倫)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 167 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kai-Lun Chen had played in the CPBL for 10 years.

Chen was drafted by the Sinon Bulls in the fifth round of the 2010 CPBL draft, and he spent his rookie seasons in the CPBL minor league.[1] He hit .340/.419/.491 with a league-leading 26 steals and 6 triples in minors in 2011, and earned a spot in the big club in 2012; he hit .228/.299/.287. Chen was selected into the 2013 CPBL All-Star Game, but he was 0-for-1. He ended up hitting .275/.345/.340 with 2 homers in 2013. In the 2013 Taiwan Series, Chen was 3-for-5 with 2 RBI in Game 1 against the Uni-President Lions, then hit a triple against Ching-Lung Lo in Game 2. He was 0-for-8 in the rest of the series, and the Lions swept the EDA Rhinos (the Bulls changed their name).

The Pingtung native was still a reliable utility man in 2014, and he was selected into the 2014 CPBL All-Star Game; he was 0-for-3. Chen hit .231/.283/.277 in 2014, then he improved to .303/.360/.362 in 2015. He hit .244/.315/.320 with a career-high 13 doubles in 2016, and he had a .360/.385/.520 batting line with 5 RBI in the 2016 Taiwan Series. The Rhinos beat the CTBC Brothers in 7 games, and he won his first Taiwan Series title.[2]

Chen batted .291/.329/.365 in 2017, then slumped to .256/.322/.349 in 2018. He was a stable backup infielder in the next three seasons, hitting .259/.315/.385, .281/.342/.389 and .253/.339/.295 while playing about 60 games. He surprisingly announced his retirement after the 2021 season, and his professional career ended. It was revealed that Chen tried to sexual assaulted his teammate's wife, and the CPBL banned him for lifetime. Chen was sentenced to 1 years and 6 months.[3]

Overall, Chen hit .261/.324/.333 with 506 hits in 10 seasons in CPBL.

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