Kuo-Hua Lo (minors)

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Kuo-Hua Lo (羅國華)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 199 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kuo-Hua Lo has pitched in the minors and for the Taiwanese national team.

Lo pitched five shutout innings in the 2009 Asian Junior Championship. In the 2010 World Junior Championship, he was 1-0 with a save and a 0.73 ERA. He went the distance with a 3-hit, 10-whiff effort to beat Canada in a duel with Evan Grills. Of the hurlers who worked 10+ innings in the event, only John Simms had a better ERA. Taiwan won the title.

Minnesota Twins scout Cary Broder signed Lo in 2011; the bonus was $150,000. In 2012, he was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 0.78 WHIP for the GCL Twins. Had he qualified (he was about 9 innings shy), he would have easily led the Gulf Coast League in ERA. He did not give up a run in his final 18 2 /3 innings. Moving up to the Elizabethton Twins in 2013, he was 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA. In 2014, he was 3-0 with a 3.69 ERA for Elizabethton, fanning 37 in 31 2/3 IP. He held righties to a .154 average but lefties hit .321 off him.

With Taiwan at the 2014 Asian Games, he was 1-0 with one hit and no walks or runs in three innings, fanning six for the Silver Medal winners. In a third campaign for Elizabethton, he was superb (4-1, 7 SV, 1.44, 43 K in 31 1/3 IP,m .73 WHIP, .146 opponent average). He was second in the Appalachian League in saves, two behind Alberto Casanas. Lo was named as the loop's All-Star reliever.

In the 2015 Asian Championship, Lo tied Ping-Hsueh Chen for the team lead with three games pitched for the Silver Medalists; interestingly, he relieved Chen in all three of those games. In an opening loss to South Korea (the champions), he was the 5th of 7 South Korean hurlers, working 2/3 of an inning and allowing a hit before Jen-Lei Liao relieved. Lo wrapped up a three-man shutout of Chin with one shutout frame. He also closed out the win over Japan that got Taiwan the Silver, pitching two shutout innings, with one hit and four whiffs, for the save. He also was on Taiwan's roster for the 2015 Premier 12 but did not get into a game.

Lo throws a fastball (peak time 96 mph), curveball, slider and changeup.