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Feng-An Tsai (蔡豐安)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School Taiwan Sports Institute
Feng-An Tsai was one of Taiwan's top offensive threats in 2002.
Tsai played in the 1988 Little League World Series. He debuted as a pro with the 1997 Mercuries Tigers, going 3 for 39 with 14 strikeouts. In 1998, he hit .223/.250/.345, followed by a .225/.279/.288 campaign in '99. He moved to the Brother Elephants in 2000 after the Tigers folded and picked it up a little, improving to .229/.321/.365. He won a Gold Glove for his work at first base.
Tsai really became a productive batter in 2001 when he hit .285/.331/.427. He had his career year in 2002 when he batted .294/.343/.529 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI in 89 games. He led the Chinese Professional Baseball League in RBI. He was five home runs behind leader Wen-Bin Chen. He was named to the Best Ten as the top first baseman in the CPBL.
Tsai also played for the Taiwan national team in 2002, both in the 2002 Asian Games and 2002 Intercontinental Cup. In the latter event, he was Taiwan's top batter, producing at a .294/.333/.706 rate with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. He tied Katsuaki Furuki, Jonathan Vega and Jhensy Sandoval for second in the event in homers, one behind leader Yobal Dueñas. He also tied Frederich Cepeda, Sandoval and Bárbaro Cañizares for third in RBI, trailing Dueñas and Kendry Morales. He beat out Morales for honors as the All-Tournament 1B.
Tsai fell to .283/.329/.421 with 11 home runs in 2003; while it was 10 fewer home runs than 2002, it was his only other season with double digits. He fielded .997 and won his second Gold GLove at first base. That year, he and teammates Cheng-Min Peng and Chih-Yuan Chen were nicknamed "The Three Musketeers".
Feng-An remained steady in 2004 by batting .260/.330/.433. He played for Taiwan in the 2004 Olympics, going 3 for 11 with a double while splitting first base duties with Chia-Shian Hsieh. Tsai hit .280/.344/.375 for the 2005 Elephants, then .266/.329/.435 in 2006. He was then released, having batted .262/.319/.404 in 10 CPBL seasons. Through 2009, he has not returned to the league.