Tzu-Hsien Chan

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Tzu-Hsien Chan (詹子賢)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 203 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tzu-Hsien Chan has played in the CPBL and for the Taiwanese national team.

Chan was throwing 90.7 mph in high school but focused on hitting later on. The Chinatrust Brothers took him in the second round of the 2016 CPBL draft, taking Chih-Chieh Su in the prior round. Chan played for Taiwan in the 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week. He made his pro debut in 2016, hitting .304/.347/.457 in 15 late-season games for the Brothers.

The hard-hitting outfielder batted .350/.403/.610 for the Brothers in 2017, going deep 17 times. Despite not qualifying for the batting title, he still tied for 8th in the league in dingers (with Su and Yi-Chuan Lin). Had he qualified, he would have ranked 5th in average, 6th in OBP and tied for third in slugging (with Yu-Hsien Chu and Chih-Hao Chang). He won Rookie of the Year honors. The Brothers lost to the Lamigo Monkeys in the 2017 Taiwan Series.

He was the starting right fielder for Taiwan in the 2018 Asian Games, hitting 4th or 5th. He hit .353/.389/.412 in the first round for Taiwan, with a four-RBI game versus Indonesia. His four RBI were tied for second on the team, three behind Chen-Fei Lin. In the Bronze Medal Game, he was 2 for 4 with a two-run homer off China's Xin Qi in a win for Taiwan. For the 2018 CPBL, he hit .281/.318/.453 with 24 doubles. He was 9th in the league in doubles, between Tzu-Hao Chen and Yen-Wen Kuo.

Chan hit .351/.402/.638 with 74 runs, 26 home runs and 75 RBI in 111 games, stealing six bases in six tries, in the 2019 CPBL. He was among the league leaders in runs (6th, between Su and Yin-Lun Lan), doubles (10th), homers (tied Chang and Chih-Sheng Lin for 4th), RBI (10th), average (3rd, after Li Lin and Chun-Hsiu Chen), OBP (4th, between Hung-Yu Lin and Tung-Jung Wu), slugging (2nd, .001 behind Li Lin) and OPS (3rd, after Li Lin and Chun-Hsiu Chen). Chan was 1-for-6 in the 2019 CPBL All-Star Game. He made his first Best Ten, joining Su and Lan as the top outfielders in the CPBL.

In the 2019 Premier 12, he was originally on Taiwan's roster, but was a late cut. He batted .333/.403/.529 with 20 home runs and 80 RBI in 112 games in the 2020 CPBL, finishing 9th in runs (74, between Ssu-Chi Chou and Chih-Hao Chang), 5th with 140 hits (between Li Lin and Su), 9th in home runs, 6th in RBI (between Chou and Yi-Chuan Lin), 3rd in walks (50, behind Su and An-Ko Lin), 5th in average (between Wei-Chen Wang and Chou), 4th in OBP (between Yu-Hsien Chu and An-Ko Lin), 8th in slugging (between Chi-Hung Hsu and Yi-Chuan Lin) and 8th in OPS (between Chih-Hao Chang and Yi-Chuan Lin). He joined Tzu-Hao Chen and Su in winning Gold Gloves; he fielded .982 and had six outfield assists. He was Game MVP in Game 4 of the 2020 Taiwan Series, with a homer, 3 RBI and four times on base, then had 3 hits in their Game 7 loss to the Uni-President Lions.

During 2021, he slumped to .275/.356/.415 with ten home runs, though offense was down somewhat in the league. He was 9th in doubles (21) and home runs and was 5th with 62 RBI (between An-Ko Lin and Su). He was much better in the 2021 Taiwan Series at .417/.533/1.000; his 7th-inning homer off the Lions' Brock Dykxhoorn in the opener was the first run of the Series and the game-winning hit. He was named Taiwan Series MVP, the first winner from his franchise since Jim Magrane 11 years prior.

Chan suffered from a right shoulder injury in 2022, so he only hit .251/.349/.348 with two homers. He became the first local player to draw 5 walks in a game, doing so on April 29. Chan was selected into the 2023 CPBL All-Star Game, and he went 1-for-7, with a RBI single against Shao-Hua Yueh. He ended up hitting .304/.401/.410 with 14 doubles in 2023, and ranked 5th in batting (.034 behind Chia-Jung Liang).