Yen-Ching Lu

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Yen-Ching Lu (呂彥青)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 143 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Yen-Ching Lu is a pitcher.

Lu was slated to play for Taiwan in the 2013 World Junior Championship but was scratched from the roster due to injury. He was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in the 2015 Universiade as Taiwan went unbeaten; only Shih-Ying Peng had a higher ERA for Taiwan. In the 2015 World Port Tournament, he led Taiwan in games pitched (4) and ERA (1.12) but lost his lone decision, to Cuba. For the tourney, he tied Loek van Mil for 3rd in ERA (behind Ryotaro Tamura and Frank Montieth), tied Alberto Bicet for 9th in strikeouts (6) and tied for second in games pitched (one behind Miguel Lahera).

Lu pitched in the 2015 Asian Championship. In the opener, he was the second of seven hurlers in a loss to eventual champion South Korea, giving up 4 hits, a walk, a hit batsman and two runs i n3 2/3 IP while fanning five; he relieved Tsung-Hao Wang in the 2nd and was succeeded by Shih-Ying Peng. He took the loss but had a better ERA than three of the other Taiwanese hurlers in a 8-2 defeat. In Taiwan's last game, he got the call against defending champ Japan to determine who would finish second. He did a superb job, tossing six shutout frames (5 H, 2 BB, 4 K) before Ping-Hsueh Chen relieved but got a no-decision in a 3-1 Taiwanese win. Lu led the Silver Medalists in both innings pitched and strikeouts (two more than Ming-Hsuan Chen).

The little left-hander was Taiwan's youngest player in the 2015 Premier 12 (Tzu-Wei Lin was 20). The 19-year-old only pitched to two batters, both in an exciting 9-8 loss to Team Canada. Relieving former major leaguer Fu-Te Ni in the 4th with a 4-2 deficit, a men on second and two outs, he retired Rene Tosoni. He walked Brock Kjeldgaard to open the 5th and was relieved by Tzu-Wei Lin. Lu then played in the Asian Winter League and appeared in the 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week and 2016 U-23 Baseball World Cup.

In the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he was part of the designated pitcher pool for Taiwan but was not activated. He was with Taiwan for the 2017 Asian Championship and did not pitch in the round-robin. In the Gold Medal Game, he got the starting nod against Japan. He pitched four shutout innings to match Daiki Tajima but struggled in the 5th and was relieved by Sheng-Feng Wu with two outs. He was charged with 4 hits, 3 walks, a homer (to Shoji Kitamura) and 4 runs (3 earned) while striking out six in the loss.