Wen-Hsiung Hsu

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Wen-Hsiung Hsu (許文雄)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 232 lb.

Wen-Hsiung Hsu is a pitcher who has played for the Taiwan national team and is slated to be with them for the 2008 Olympics. He throws a slider, changeup, curveball and fastball (timed at 92 mph).

Hsu began his professional career with the 2001 Kaoping Fala, going 4-4 with a save and a 4.28 ERA. In 2002, he went 6-7 with a save and a 2.78 ERA. He was third in the Taiwan Major League in ERA, trailing Chin-Chih Huang and Koji Muto.

With the TML merging with the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2003, Hsu went 5-11 with a save and a 3.74 ERA for First Financial Holdings Agan. In 2004, he was 1-7 with a 5.24 ERA after moving to the La New Bears. The next season, Hsu improved to 4-5 with 6 saves and a 2.56 ERA.

Hsu made his Taiwan national team debut in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. he did not do well, allowing four runs in 1/3 of an inning. He entered in the 5th against the Japanese national team, replacing Ying-Feng Tsai with a 5-1 deficit. He struck out Akinori Iwamura but then things went south. Michihiro Ogasawara tripled and Tomoya Satozaki singled him in. Munenori Kawasaki walked as did Ichiro Suzuki. Sung-Wei Tseng relieved and allowed two inherited runs to score, leaving Hsu with a 108.00 ERA for the event.

In the 2006 CPBL, Wen-Hsiung was 2-4 with 3 saves and a 2.94 ERA for the Bears. The next season, Hsu was 5-4 with a 4.11 ERA. He saved game six of the 2007 Taiwan Series. He has a 3.20 ERA after 16 games in 2008 and was put on Taiwan's roster for the 2008 Olympics despite his poor international showing before that. Hsu was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in Beijing. Against Japan, he allowed a solo homer to Shinnosuke Abe and nothing further in five innings in a no-decision. He also went 4 scoreless against Team USA before extra-base hits by Dexter Fowler, Brian Barden and John Gall led to a couple runs.