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Wei-Yin Chen

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Wei-Yin Chen2 Chinese: 陳偉殷; pinyin: Chén Wěi-yīn; born July 21, 1985 is a Taiwanese professional baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball MLB He previously played in the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles and in the Nippon Professional Baseball NPB for the Chunichi Dragons


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Professional career
    • 21 Chunichi Dragons
    • 22 Baltimore Orioles
      • 221 2012 season
      • 222 2013 season
      • 223 2014 season
      • 224 2015 season
    • 23 Miami Marlins
  • 3 Scouting report
  • 4 Philanthropy
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early lifeedit

Wei-Yin Chen was born in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan He attended Ciao-Tou Junior High School3 and Kaoyuan Vocational High School, which was also attended by former Major League pitcher Tsao Chin-Hui and several other Chinese Professional Baseball League players4

Professional careeredit

Chunichi Dragonsedit

Chen played for the Chinese Taipei National Team in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games5 He was a pitcher for the Chunichi Dragons in Nippon Professional Baseball NPB from 2004 through 2011 Chen had Tommy John surgery at the end of 2006 season6 His best season in Japan came in 2009 when he posted a 154 earned run average ERA to lead the league4 When he came out of the Nippon League, FanGraphs described him as being an extreme control pitcher with poor velocity7 A clause implemented into his contract with Chunichi allowed him to opt out after the 2011 season at age 267

Baltimore Oriolesedit

2012 seasonedit

Chen pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012

After the 2011 season, Chen signed as an international free agent with the Baltimore Orioles8 Chen was the first Taiwanese player ever signed by the Orioles9 He made his MLB debut on April 10, 2012 against the New York Yankees in Baltimore The game was broadcast live on national television in native Taiwan,10 and Chen totaled 5 2⁄3 innings and gave up two earned runs striking out six in a no-decision that the Orioles would later go on to lose in extra innings11 In total, Chen finished the season leading the team with 32 starts during which he totaled 12 wins and 11 losses and posted an ERA of 402 in 1922 innings pitched12 In 2012, Chen was "the only constant in the Orioles rotation" and was consistent throughout the year13 Chen finished fourth in the AL for Rookie of the Year voting

2013 seasonedit

Coming out of spring training, Chen won the number two spot in the Orioles' starting rotation behind Jason Hammel14 Chen set a goal to throw 200 innings on the season In his first three starts, he lacked run support and went 0–2 despite posting a 400 ERA15 On May 15, 2013, the Orioles placed Chen on the disabled list, his first-ever stint there, with an injury to his right oblique16 In his return from the disabled list on July 10, 2013, Chen pitched seven innings in a matchup against the Texas Rangers striking out four and allowing three hits, earning the win17 Overall in 2013, Chen finished 7–7 with a 407 ERA in 23 starts During the 2013 off-season, Chen underwent knee surgery to remove bone spurs

2014 seasonedit

Chen pitched a season-high of eight strikeouts in a win against the Seattle Mariners on August 1, 2014 He dedicated the win to victims of the 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosions, which occurred hours earlier in his hometown18 On September 10, Chen picked up his 15th win of the season against the Boston Red Sox and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning until Dan Butler's first major league hit19 Chen finished the season with a 16–6 record and 354 ERA over 185 2/3 innings20 In game 3 of the 2014 ALCS on October 14, Chen pitched 5 1/3 innings on 80 pitches and gave up 2 runs in a loss against the Kansas City Royals Chen became the first Taiwanese pitcher to start an ALCS game21

2015 seasonedit

Chen while with the Baltimore Orioles in 2015

On June 26, 2015, Chen became the second Taiwanese-born player to have 100 career starts in the major leagues, allowing two runs and striking out five over six innings in a no decision against the Cleveland Indians22 Despite only recording a 4–5 record at the break, Chen pitched to a 278 ERA and 109 WHIP, along with 90 strikeouts in 110 innings over the first half of the season Chen finished the season with a 11–8 record and a career-best 334 ERA over  191 1⁄3 innings pitched2324

Miami Marlinsedit

On January 13, 2016, Chen agreed to a five-year contract worth $80 million USD with the Miami Marlins Chen was named the starting pitcher for the opening day of the 2016 season, becoming the second Taiwanese pitcher to make a start on opening day since Chien-Ming Wang in 200825 On January 25, 2017, Chen was announced as the cover athlete for the Taiwanese version of MLB The Show 1726

Scouting reportedit

An "extreme flyball pitcher", at one point had an HR/9 innings of 13, way above MLB average27 Chen pitches from a three-quarters arm slot and throws a four-seam fastball averaging 91–92 mph tops out at 95–96 mph28 In addition, he throws a two-seamer, a slider, a changeup, and an occasional curveball28 Since he previously pitched in Japan where he started on five days rest rather than four, with the Orioles he initially had durability issues and was 0–4 in his last seven starts in 201229 Chen has been described as a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation starter3031 An opposing scout said, "I watched Wei-Yin Chen and swore I was watching Tom Glavine He has such an effortless delivery and an above-average change up, and knows how to pitch inside"32


In 2012, Chen started a baseball scholarship program for Taiwanese students, contributing funds based on statistical milestones reached per season He expanded the charity's efforts in 2015, to cover animal protection and children's welfare3


  1. ^ Nippon Professional Baseball 個人年度別成績 【チェン(陳偉殷) (中日ドラゴンズ)】 in Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball Retrieved July 19, 2012 
  2. ^ "Wei-Yin Chen Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio / Baltimore Orioles" MLB Advanced Media Retrieved July 19, 2012 
  3. ^ a b Tien, Yu-pin; Liu, Kay November 23, 2015 "Baseball player Wei-Yin Chen sets up new charity fund" Central News Agency Retrieved November 23, 2015 
  4. ^ a b Huang, Paul June 14, 2012 "Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin makes history" Taipei Times Retrieved March 27, 2013 
  5. ^ "Chen Wei-Yin" Olympics at Sports-Referencecom Retrieved May 12, 2012 
  6. ^ Keh, Andrew September 2, 2012 "Rookie Wei-Yin Chen is the constant in Baltimore's rotation" The New York Times Retrieved March 27, 2013 
  7. ^ a b Golebiewski, David January 10, 2012 "Who is Wei- Yin Chen" FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball FanGraphs Retrieved March 27, 2013 
  8. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany January 10, 2012 "Wei-Yin Chen gives Orioles veteran left-handed starter" MLBcom: News MLB Advanced Media 
  9. ^ Chen, Albert June 22, 2012 "Wei-Yin Chen just one of Baltimore Orioles' recent international signings" SIcom Time Retrieved March 27, 2013 
  10. ^ Encina, Eduardo April 11, 2012 "Baltimore gets first glimpse of Chen, but falls short in 12" The Washington Post via HighBeam Research subscription required Retrieved March 27, 2013 
  11. ^ "Wei-Yin Chen Game By Game Stats and Performance" Baltimore Orioles – ESPN ESPN Internet Ventures Retrieved March 27, 2013 
  12. ^ "Major League Baseball Stats" oriolescom: Stats MLB Advanced Media Retrieved March 28, 2013 
  13. ^ "Breaking down the Orioles starting rotation options" Camden Chat – SB Nation Vox Media February 15, 2013 Retrieved March 28, 2013 
  14. ^ White, RJ March 27, 2013 "Wei-Yin Chen named Orioles' No 2 starter" CBSSportscom CBS Interactive Retrieved April 3, 2013 the source is in the scroll box in the center of the page; no permalink exists 
  15. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany April 14, 2013 "Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees – April 14, 2013" MLBcom BAL Recap MLB Advanced Media Retrieved April 16, 2013 
  16. ^ Associated Press May 15, 2013 "Baltimore Orioles place Wei-Yin Chen on DL with oblique strain" ESPN ESPN Internet Ventures Retrieved June 19, 2013 
  17. ^ "Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen beats Rangers in return from DL" USA TODAY Associated Press July 10, 2013 Retrieved July 11, 2013 
  18. ^ "Baltimore Orioles: A win for Wei-Yin Chen and for Taiwan" Birds Watcher Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  19. ^ Mark Brown September 10, 2014 "Orioles beat Red Sox 10-6; Wei-Yin Chen picks up 15th win of the year" Camden Chat Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  20. ^ "MLBcom Gameday" Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  21. ^ Baltimore Sun October 15, 2014 "Wei-Yin Chen was good, but Orioles needed better to beat Royals" baltimoresuncom Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  22. ^ "Chen makes welcome return to O's rotation" Baltimore Orioles Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  23. ^ Baltimore Sun October 3, 2015 "Wei-Yin Chen makes perhaps last Orioles start in doubleheader sweep of Yankees" baltimoresuncom Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  24. ^ Gleeman, Aaron November 13, 2015 "Chris Davis, Wei-Yin Chen decline qualifying offers from Orioles" HardballTalk NBC Sports Retrieved January 13, 2016 
  25. ^ Marlins name Wei-Yin Chen starter for Opening Day; Jose Fernandez to start second game
  26. ^ Russell, Ramone January 25, 2017 "MLB The Show 17: Retro Mode Details, Regional Cover Athletes Revealed" blogusplaystationcom Retrieved January 25, 2017 
  27. ^ "2013 Baseball Preview & Player Rankings" MLBcom: News Player number 324: MLB Advanced Media Retrieved March 28, 2013 
  28. ^ a b "Wei-Yin Chen Ptich Type" FanGraphs Baseball FanGraphs Retrieved September 5, 2015 
  29. ^ Reynolds, Drew December 20, 2012 "Wei-Yin Chen – Baltimore Orioles Starting Rotation Options for 2013" Bleacher Report Turner Broadcasting System Retrieved March 28, 2013 
  30. ^ Stoner, Chris February 28, 2013 "2013 Projections: Wei-Yin Chen" Baltimore Sports and LifeBaltimore Sports and Life Retrieved March 28, 2013 
  31. ^ Sports Network March 26, 2013 "Baltimore Orioles 2013 Preview" Fox News Philadelphia: FOX News Network Retrieved March 28, 2013 
  32. ^ Reiter, Ben April 1, 2013, "Baseball Preview", Sports Illustrated, p 76, retrieved March 28, 2013 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Baseball portal
  • Taiwan portal
  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Minors
  • NPB career stats
  • Wei-Yin Chen on Facebook

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