From BR Bullpen
Tetsu Yofu (養父鉄)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 182 lb.
- School Asia University
Yofu's professional career did not begin until age 27, when he signed with the Brother Elephants of Taiwan. He went 11-10 with a save, a 2.21 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 212 innings. He tied Osvaldo Martínez for 4th in wins, led in innings, was tied for second in losses, was third to Jen-Wen Hsiao and John Burgos in ERA and led in strikeouts (23 more than runner-up Burgos}. He won the Gold Glove at pitcher as well. He was even better in the Taiwan Series, going 2-0 with two saves and a 0.83 ERA, getting a win or save in all four of his club's victories. He won MVP honors in the 2001 Taiwan Series. He was the first foreigner to be named Series MVP; it would be six years before Nelson Figueroa was the second.
Yofu's next contract was with the Chicago White Sox chain. He split 2003 between the Birmingham Barons (9-8, 3.50, 114 K, 117 H in 131 IP) and Charlotte Knights (0-1, 4.80). In 2004, the right-hander was again with Birmingham (3-2, 2.63, 41 K, 9 BB in 41 IP) and Charlotte (5-4, 4.62, 111 K, 33 BB in 113 IP). On August 4, he threw a no-hitter for the Knights against their rivals, the Durham Bulls. In winter ball, he had a 5-3, 4.07 record for the Algodoneros de Guasave of the Mexican Pacific League.
Yofu sputtered after that. He was just 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in two games for Birmingham in 2005, with 6 walks in 6 1/3 IP. He was suspended for a positive test for banned substances, then released by the White Sox. He signed a contract with the Newark Bears but never appeared in a game for them.
Returning to Taiwan, where he had started his pro career, he was 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA for the Elephants, then retired.
Overall, Yofu had records of 15-14, 2.55 in the CPBL and 17-16, 3.92 in AA and AAA in the USA (with 286 strikeouts in 300 2/3 IP).