Ping-Hsueh Chen (陳品學)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
Ping-Hsueh Chen has pitched in the minors.
Chen allowed 8 hits and 6 runs in two innings in the 2009 World Youth Championship for Taiwan's highest ERA. In the 2010 World Junior Championship, he allowed two runs in 7 innings, fanning 12. Taiwan won the event. Cleveland Indians scouts Jason Lynn and Allen Lin signed him for a $60,000 bonus in June 2012. A fractured right elbow sidelined him in 2013. He made his US debut in 2014, with four saves and a 2.76 ERA in 15 games for the AZL Indians. In 16 1/3 IP, he allowed 8 hits and 9 walks, fanning 23, though he threw 8 wild pitches. He tied for 4th in the Arizona League in saves.
Chen did well with the 2015 AZL Indians (3 Sv, 1.56 ERA in 13 G) and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (3 H, 4 BB, 6 R, 3 ER in 1 1/3 IP). He pitched for the Taiwanese national team that placed second in the 2015 Asian Championship. In the opening loss to eventual champ South Korea, he relieved Shih-Ying Peng and was the 4th of 7 Taiwanese hurlers in a 8-2 loss. He gave up a hit, walk, hit batsman and two runs in one inning before they tried another US minor leaguer, Kuo-Hua Lo. Against China, he relieved Wei-Chieh Huang with a shutout going in the 8th. He struck out someone but retired no one, so presumably there was a passed ball on strike three that allowed the batter to reach (the game box shows no wild pitches for Chen, so it was a not a strike three wild pitch); Lo again relieved him. Chen then got the call in the last game, versus Japan (the defending champions), to determine second place. Relieving Yen-Ching Lu in the 7th with a 1-0 lead, he allowed a hit, walk and run while fanning one and throwing a wild pitch. He got the win, though, as Chih-Chieh Su homered in the bottom of the inning to put Taiwan ahead for good. Lo relieved him for the third time in the Asiads.