Giljegiljaw Kungkuan

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Giljegiljaw Kungkuan (吉力吉撈.鞏冠)
formerly known as Li-Jen Chu

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Biographical Information[edit]

Giljegiljaw Kungkuan has played as high as AAA and has been on the Taiwanese national team. He was known as Li-Jen Chu until 2019.

He hit .452/.500/.710 with 10 runs and 10 RBI in the 1st 7 games. He tied Tzu-Wei Lin for 9th in hits (14), tied for 2nd with 5 doubles (2 behind Austin Cousino) and was 9th with 22 total bases. He then went 4 for 5 in Taiwan's win over South Korea in the 5th/6th place game. He was named the event's All-Star third baseman, joining Francisco Lindor, Rougned Odor and Guillermo Aviles on the All-Star infield. [1] In 2012, he was signed by Cleveland Indians scouts Jason Lynn and Allen Lin. [2] He spent 2013 in the MLB Australian Academy. [3]

Kungkuan hit .348/.431/.596 for the '14 AZL Indians and threw out 41% of would-be base-stealers. He batted .357/.333/.429 for the Taiwanese national team that won Silver in the 2014 Asian Games. He was used primarily at DH as Kun-Sheng Lin and Jin-De Jhang did the bulk of the catching. [4] He slumped to .200/.260/.347 with the '15 Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He was on Taiwan's reserve list for the 2015 Premier 12 in case anyone got hurt. [5] In 2016, he rebounded with the AZL Indians (.500/.564/.824 in 10 G) and Lake County Captains (.245/.280/.351 in 26 G).

In 2017, he batted .269/.338/.426 with 17 homers and 67 RBI for the Captains. Logan Ice did most of the catching, with Kungkuan at DH. He tied Gareth Morgan and Edward Olivares for 9th in the Midwest League in dingers. Among Indians farmhands, he tied Ronny Rodriguez, Sicnarf Loopstok and Nellie Rodriguez for 7th in home runs and was 4th in RBI, between Emmanuel Tapia and fellow Taiwanese player Yu Chang. He was named the MWL All-Star DH (Chuckie Robinson was picked at catcher). [6] Taiwan wanted him on their team for the 2017 Asian Championship but the Indians would not release him to play. [7]

The Taichung native moved around a bit in 2018 with the Lynchburg Hillcats (.278/.351/.434 in 81 G), Akron RubberDucks (.241/.281/.370 in 16 G) and Columbus Clippers (1 for 4). He was sent to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit only .216/.302/.351 for the Glendale Desert Dogs, splitting time with Czech backstop Martin Cervenka and Venezuelan Keibert Ruiz for a three-continent trio. In '19, he backed up Ice with Akron and batted .229/.290/.357.

In 2019, he changed his name from Li-Jen Chu to Giljegiljaw Kungkuan, becoming the first US minor leaguer or major leaguer from Taiwan to use his aboriginal name rather than his Chinese name. [8] Other players had changed names after returning from the US to Taiwan.

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