Ying-Chieh Lin

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Ying-Chieh Lin

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 196 lb.

Ying-Chieh Lin was a star pitcher in the Chinese Professional Baseball League and has played for the Taiwanese national team. He has not been as successful in Nippon Pro Baseball, due in part to injuries.

Lin debuted professionally in 1999 with the Kaoping Fala, going 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA. In 2000, the teenager was 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA, allowing 120 hits in 102 1/3 IP. Lin turned the corner in 2001, with a 13-3 record, one save and a 2.73 ERA. He gave up 114 hits and 36 walks in 141 2/3 IP, striking out 115. He led the Taiwan Major League in wins and strikeouts and was named to the Best Nine at pitcher. He did not pitch in 2002-2003, due to mandatory military service.

In 2004, when Lin returned, the TML and Kaoping were defunct. He signed on with the Macoto Cobras and went 14-10 with 3 saves and a 1.73 ERA. He whiffed a Chinese Professional Baseball League record 203 batters in 187 innings while only giving up 124 hits. Lin broke Will Flynt's 10-year-old strikeout record of 200. He also led the league in ERA, by .04 over Jien-fu Yang. He won two monthly MVP awards and again made the Best Nine team. His strikeout record only lasted two years before another Lin, En-Yu Lin, broke it.

In the 2004 Olympics, Lin had a 9.53 ERA in two appearances, allowing 2 runs in 4 1/3 IP in relief against Cuba and 4 runs in 1 1/3 IP against Team Canada.

The left-hander was 12-10 with a 2.34 ERA in 2005 and struck out 174 in 212 innings. He finished 4th in the league in ERA, again led the CPBL in strikeouts and also was again a two-time monthly MVP.

Lin pitched one game in the 2006 World Baseball Classic for Taiwan. He relieved En-Yu Lin in the 4th inning with two outs, one one and a 1-0 deficit against South Korea. He retired Jin-young Lee to end that inning. In the fifth, he allowed a Jin-man Park single. Jong-kook Kim bunted Park over. Lin struck out Byung-kyu Lee but Jong-beom Lee doubled home Park to make it 2-0 South Korea (which would be the final score). Lin recovered to retire Seung-yeop Lee. In the sixth, Dong-joo Kim singled. Hee-seop Choi flew out but Sung-heon Hong singled for the 4th hit off of Lin in an inning and a third of work. Wei-Ming Chu then relieved Lin.

Lin joined the Rakuten Golden Eagles for 2006. He battled control problems and an elbow injury and spent some of the year in ni-gun. He was 0-2 with a 4.33 ERA in five games for Rakuten, allowing 22 hits in 27 innings, striking out only 9 and walking 13. The injury decreased his fastball to the mid-80s and made him rely more on his changeup.

Lin only pitched four games for Rakuten in 2007, all in relief. In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Lin struck out 10 in a win over the South African national team. He was 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in the event, whiffing 15 in 12 innings of work; he was second to En-Yu Lin on the Taiwan staff in strikeouts.

In the 2007 Asian Championship, he got the easy game, facing the Philippines. He allowed 4 hits and one walk in 7 shutout innings, striking out four and getting Taiwan's only win of the tournament they hosted.

Sources: CPBL Player Page, Japan Baseball Daily by Gary Garland, IBAF site, Chinese wikipedia, World Baseball Classic Site, CBS Sportsline coverage of WBC, 2003, 2005 and 2006 Baseball Almanacs