Tzu-Peng Huang

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Tzu-Peng Huang (黃子鵬) (Tiger)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 176 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tzu-Peng Huang has pitched in the CPBL and for the Taiwanese national team.

Huang allowed one unearned run in 6 1/3 IP in the 2012 U-18 Baseball World Cup, when Taiwan won the Bronze Medal. [1] He was with Taiwan for the 2014 U-21 Baseball World Cup, with a 5.40 ERA in four outings for the champs. [2] He next played in the 2015 Universiade. [3] He started one game in the 2015 World Port Tournament and allowed hits to all four Japanese batters before Yen-Ching Lu relieved; he was charged with two runs for an infinite ERA. [4] He was in the Asia Winter League that year. [5]

In the 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week, he went seven shutout innings to beat Curacao. [6] He again was in the Asia Winter League. [7] At the 2017 World Port Tournament, he had a 1.74 ERA in three outings. [8] He was picked by the Lamigo Monkeys in the 7th round of the CPBL draft that year. [9] He worked one game in the CPBL minors that year. [10]

The sidearm hurler was 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA and .94 WHIP for the Monkeys in the 2018 CPBL as their top reliever; starting in the CPBL minors, he had a 1.02 ERA and was 6-0. He allowed 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings in the 2018 Taiwan Series, and Lamigo won the title by beating the Uni-President Lions in 6 games. In 2019, he was 4-5 with 3 saves and a 3.25 ERA in 60 outings. He led the league with 23 holds and was 3rd in games pitched (behind Kai-Wen Cheng and Chia-Yen Cheng). Huang was selected into the 2019 CPBL All-Star Game, and he struck out 2 with a run allowed in a inning. The Monkeys repeated in the 2019 Taiwan Series, and Huang allowed 2 runs in 2 1/3 innings. He was then on Taiwan's team for the 2019 Premier 12 but did not get into a game. [11]

Huang was 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 59 relief outings in 2020, and he also collected 18 holds. He ranked 5th in appearances (4 behind Chun-Jen Cheng) and 2nd in holds (6 behind Chun-Wei Wu). He was turned into a starter in 2021, and Huang's pitching was still solid. He had a 9-8 record with a 3.40 ERA, ranking 5th in ERA (1.63 behind Jose De Paula), 5th in wins (8 behind Brock Dykxhoorn) and 5th in innings (46 2/3 behind Dykxhoorn).

The local ace of the Monkeys had his career year in 2022. He was 12-3 with a 2.33 ERA, and he won his first ERA title. Huang was the only player to win a ERA title and also have led the league in holds during his career. He also ranked 3rd in wins (2 behind De Paula) and 7th in strikeouts (62 behind De Paula). He attended the 2022 CPBL All-Star Game, and he pitched 2 shutout innings. The Monkeys named him the starter of 2022 Taiwan Series Game 3, and he allowed 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings to get the loss. The Brothers swept the Monkeys.

Huang then made into Taiwan's roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic. He started against the Netherlands, and he pitched 2 2/3 innings with 2 runs allowed and got the win over Lars Huijer. He gave up a RBI single to Didi Gregorius.[12] Huang was 9-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 2023, and he attended the 2023 CPBL All-Star Game; he pitched 2 shutout innings. Huang was 6th in ERA (1.08 behind Jake Brigham) and 5th in wins (4 behind Drew Gagnon). He pitched 6 innings with 2 runs in the 2023 CPBL Playoff Series, got the win and helped the Monkeys eliminate the Uni-President Lions. In the 2023 Taiwan Series, he pitched 8 shutout innings in Game 2 but still ended up with a no-decision because Brigham also pitched 8 shutout innings. He then allowed 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings in Game 6. However, he still got the loss as Jo-Hsi Hsu pitched 7 shutout innings, and the Monkeys lost to the Wei-Chuan Dragons in 7 games.

He throws a sinker, slider, change-up and fastball (peak 89 mph).