Kuo-Hui Kao

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Kuo-Hui Kao (formerly Kuo-Hui Lo)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 210 lb.

Kuo-Hui Kao begins 2007 as an outfielder for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Kao is a nephew of Chin-Hui Tsao.

Kao hit .433/.514/.667 as the DH for the Taiwanese national team in the 2005 Baseball World Cup and had the best OBP on the team. He was 5th in the Cup tournament in average but lost the DH spot on the All-Tournament team to Canada's Joey Votto. Among the players Kao outhit were Osmani Urrutia, Dirk van 't Klooster, Lastings Milledge, Ben Zobrist and Josh Phelps.

The Seattle Mariners signed him on July 2. Kao split 2006 between the Everett AquaSox (.276/.338/.466 in 16 games) and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (.243/.317/.318 in 29 games). He stole 24 bases in 29 tries between the two clubs. A right calf strain cut his season short.

In 2007, Kao hit .288/.368/.419 with 32 steals in 41 tries for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He led the team in average and steals. He was fifth in the Midwest League in steals, just missed the top 10 in average and OBP and tied three others, including Travis Snider and Preston Mattingly for sixth with 7 triples. He also set a record for most steals by a Taiwanese player in the US minors. He then played for Taiwan in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, batting .219/.381/.344 and fielding perfectly in center field.

Kao hit .385/.448/.769 with 5 extra-base hits, 7 runs and 8 RBI as Taiwan's star in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament as they won a spot in the 2008 Olympics. He tied Seung-yeop Lee, Karim Garcia, Carlos Valencia and Matt Rogelstad for second in home runs (2), one behind leader Nick Weglarz. He tied for second in steals (2) and tied for 7th in runs. He tied for second in RBI, even with Luke Hughes, Rogelstad, Dae-ho Lee and Jimmy Van Ostrand and trailing only Seung-yeop Lee. He took part in both of Taiwan's runs in a 2-0 win over Germany; without him, they would never have scored against André Hughes. He hit a 3-run homer in Taiwan's 6-5 loss to Team Canada, one of the two teams to finish ahead of them in the event.

Kao batted .238/.438/.429 with 5 runs in 7 games as Taiwan's left fielder in the 2008 Olympics. His best game came in Taiwan's stunning loss to host China, as he was 2 for 2 with 4 walks and a solo homer (off of Nan Wang).

Sources: 2007 Mariners Media Guide, IBAF site, MILB.com, 2008 Olympics