Ying-Feng Tsai

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Ying-Feng Tsai (蔡英峰)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 161 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ying-Feng Tsai was a pitcher for the La New Bears.

Tsai allowed one run in two innings in the 2002 Haarlem Baseball Week. In the 2003 World Port Tournament, he went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA. He struggled in the 2003 Baseball World Cup, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and allowing 8 hits in 4 2/3 IP. He pitched in the 2004 World University Championship. In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, he was 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA and gave up just 6 hits in 14 1/3 IP but he had the advantage of facing the two weakest teams in Taiwan's pool - the Czech Republic and Colombia (which beat him). In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, he surrendered one run in 2 2/3 IP in a solid outing against the Japanese national team.

The La New Bears then drafted him in the first round of the 2004 CPBL Draft. Tsai made his pro debut in 2006 and was a solid CPBL Rookie of the Year candidate, with a 11-5, 3.36 record. Tsai was 9th in wins, 6 behind En-Yu Lin. He also attended the 2006 CPBL All-Star Game, but he allowed 4 runs in 2/3 of a innings (1 earned run). He was named the starter of 2006 Taiwan Series Game 3, and he pitched 5 innings, only surrendered one run to outduel Hansel Izquierdo. The Bears swept the Uni-President Lions.

In 2007, he was 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA. Tsai struggled in the 2007 Taiwan Series, allowing 5 runs in 1 2/3 innings and the Monkeys lost to the Lions in 7 games. He fell to 1-4 with a save and a 4.26 ERA in 2008 CPBL. Tsai was 4-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 2009. In November 2009, Tsai was kicked off the Bears team for recruiting teammates to throw games for money. Along with Chung-You Tsai, he turned over $1 million (NT currency) of illegal gains.

Tsai throws a curveball, cutter, forkball, slider, sinker and fastball (timed as high as 92 mph).

Overall, Tsai was 20-15 with a 3.85 ERA, struck out 152 and pitched 301 1/3 innings in 4 seasons in the CPBL.