Po-Yu Chen

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Po-Yu Chen (陳柏毓)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 187 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Po-Yu Chen has pitched in the minors and for the Taiwanese national team. His father Ping-Nan Chen played in the CPBL. [1]

Po-Yu Chen hit .444/.500/.481 with 8 runs and 7 RBI in 8 games for Taiwan in the 2016 U-15 Baseball World Cup, starting at short. He did not do as well on the hill, giving up five hits and four runs in 2/3 IP in a loss to Panama. [2] He had moved to pitching full-time in the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup. He got his revenge against Panama, allowing three hits and one run in six innings to beat Jorge Garcia in the opener. He fanned seven and allowed four hits and one run in beating South Korea. In the Gold Medal Game, he saved Chien Yu's win, allowing one unearned run in two innings. He tied Brandon Bidois, Yu-Min Lin, Junya Nishi and Luuk ter Beek for second in wins, one behind Alejandro Rosario. For the titlists, he formed a fine big three with Chien and Lin. [3] His fastball hit 93.8 mph during the event. [4]

He next pitched in the 2019 Asian Championship. He struck out five of ten batters against Sri Lanka, allowing only a Niroshan Munindralage hit before Tsung-Hao Wang relieved. Only Dhananajaya Ambagaha Gedara had a lower opponent average (.067) in the event while Taiwan won the title. [5] Fangraphs rated him as the #22 international prospect for the 2019-2020 signing period. [6] He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in October 2020; the scout was Fu-Chan Chiang. His $1.25 million signing bonus came in part from signing pool money the Pirates got in the Jarrod Dyson trade. [7]

Chen made his pro debut in 2021, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in six starts for the FCL Pirates Black with 29 K in 26 IP, walking none. He moved up to the Bradenton Marauders and ran into some struggles (1-1, 5.63, 12 BB in 16 IP).