Yu-Chieh Shen

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Yu-Chieh Shen

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 187 lb.

Yu-Chieh Shen has pitched for several years in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Shen played for Taiwan in the 1995 World Youth Championship, 1996 World Youth Championship and 1999 World Junior Championship. He debuted for the senior national team in 2002, going 3 foe 21 with 4 walks in the 2002 Haarlem Baseball Week and 2 for 19 with 3 walks and one error as the right fielder in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup. In the 2003 World Port Tournament, he was 9 for 29 with 2 doubles, 4 walks and 5 runs. He was picked by the Macoto Cobras in the 2003 CPBL draft but did not sign.

Shen then became a pitcher. In the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week, he went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He was chosen by the China Trust Whales in the 2004 CPBL draft. He debuted in the CPBL in 2005, going 9-7 with two saves and a 2.91 ERA. The next year, the sophomore hurler was 6-5 with 8 saves and a 3.18 ERA. In the 2007 CPBL, Shen had a 8-6 record, one save and a 3.81 ERA. He was one for one at the plate. He represented Taiwan in the 2007 Asian Championship. In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, he made four appearances, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. He struck out 5 in 2 2/3 scoreless innings against Spain. He allowed hits to two of four batters versus Mexico, 3 runs on 3 hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings against the USA in a losing decision and one run in one inning versus South Korea. He was on Taiwan's preliminary roster for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament but he failed a drug test and was banned from playing.

In the 2008 CPBL, Shen went 3-5 with 3 saves and a 4.66 ERA and was 1 for 3 at the plate. After the Whales folded in a gambling scandal, Shen was taken by the Sinon Bulls in the redistribution draft.

Shen throws a curveball, forkball, slider, changeup and "vulcan" changeup. His fastball peaks in the high 80s.