The Cardinals announced a historical international player signing on Monday when the team signed amateur right-handed pitcher Chen-Wei Lin, the franchise’s first player ever signed out of Taiwan..
Lin, 21, is from Tainan City, Taiwan and played college baseball at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan before debuting in the United States collegiate summer leagues last year.
“We are excited to welcome Chen-Wei Lin to the St. Louis Cardinals organization as the first player the team has ever signed out of Taiwan,” said Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “The Cardinals are continually scouting all regions of the globe for talented individuals that can help make our organization better. Chen-Wei is someone we feel has intriguing potential with the ability to develop into a future big leaguer.”
Lin, who stands 6 feet, 7 inches, will soon report to the Cardinals Jupiter, Fla. complex to begin his professional career.
“Chen-Wei possesses an explosive fastball to go along with his projectable physical attributes and impressive athleticism,” stated Cardinals’ Special Assistant to the G.M./Player Procurement Matt Slater. “He is also the type of individual whose overall makeup showed well in our evaluations.”
Lin pitched in the MLB Draft League this year, making four starts for the Frederick (Md.) Keys in the collegiate summer league, posting a 3.24 ERA over 16.2 innings pitched. He pitched in nine games for the Kenosha (Wisc.) Kingfish last summer in the Northwoods collegiate league at the age of 20.
Lin represented Taiwan at the U-23 Baseball World Cup in both 2022 and 2021, and he participated as an invited college player with the 2023 Taiwanese WBC team in their preparation camp.
Chen-Wei is the nephew of Hong-Chih Kuo who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers for seven seasons from 2005-11, compiling a 3.73 ERA in 218 career appearances after signing as an international free agent with them in 1999.
Last year the Cardinals signed their first amateur free agent from South Korea, outfielderr Won-bin Cho, who currently is playing for Class A Palm Beach.
Photo: Matt Slater and Chen-Wei Lin courtesy of St. Louis Cardinals