Today’s subjects are Hsin-Chieh Lin, Chi-Ling Hsu, and Bruce Wang. These articles will mostly be about players I have seen. So, they will be about players from the lower levels of the organization. If you have someone in particular you want to hear about, put the name in the comments section. If I’ve seen enough to warrant a post, I’ll strongly consider it.
This is an open discussion about some of the Phillies’ minor league prospects. Phillies’ talk and other non-prospect discussion should remain in the Open Discussion.
Hsin-Chieh Lin (林鋅杰, Lin Hsin-Chieh) was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent on June 5, 2018 out of Taiwan.
Lin was signed as a 19-year-old RHP. He stands 6’2, 198 lbs. Even at his young age, he is a seasoned international competitor having pitched on several national teams – 2011 U-12 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan, 2014 U-15 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan, and 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan.
Scouting reports at the time of his signing had his max velocity at 94 mph and his arsenal including a fastball, slider, forkball, and changeup.
In a showcase for the Phillies, Reds, Cubs, Brewers, Royals, and 2 CPBL teams (Chinese Professional Baseball League), Lin threw about 40 pitches averaging 90 mph with his fastball. He was later signed by the Phillies for a reported $250M plus future tuition expenses.
Lin didn’t make an appearance in 2018 until three, one-inning appearances in August. He allowed no runs, no hits, walked four, and struck out one for the GCL Phillies East.
In 2019, Lin was assigned to the GCL Phillies West. The 20-year-old made one appearance. He pitched 3.2 innings of no-hit ball, walking one, and striking out six in West’s June 6th no-hitter. In addition to a 0.00 ERA, he posted a 0.273 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 14.7 K/9 in that extremely small sample size.
Lin’s next appearance was a week later with the Clearwater Threshers. He retired all 6 batters in the eighth and ninth innings of a 1-0, two-hitter the Threshers lost. They were no-hit by the opposition.
A week later, Lin made his first appearance with the Williamsport Crosscutters with whom he would spend the rest of the season. Lin posted a 1-0, 2.36 in 10 appearances (6 starts). In 34.1 innings, he walked 17 and struck out 37 batters while holding opposition batters to a .224 batting average and a 1.31 WHIP. He closed the season with a career-high 7 strike outs in 3.0 innings.
- Bats right, Throws right
- 6’2, 198 lbs.
- Born March 18, 1999 (age 20)
- International FA out of Taipei, Taiwan, signed on June 5, 2018
- 2018; GCL Phillies East
- 2019; GCL Phillies West
- 2019; Clearwater Threshers
- 2019; Williamsport Crosscutters
Chi-Ling Hsu was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent on July 12, 2018 out of Taiwan.
Hsu (徐基麟, Hsu Chi-Ling) didn’t pitch in 2018, and didn’t make his professional debut until an August 27th start in 2019, The 6’2, 202 lb. RHP spent most of the summer working with the rehab group. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning before reaching his pitch limit.
Hsu was a member of the Asian-Pacific representative in the 2011 Little League World Series. He played on the 2014 U-15 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan and was on the roster for the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup for Team Taiwan but stayed on the disabled list throughout the tournament. Before his injury, he was reported to be throwing at 92 mph.
After the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup, Hsu was diagnosed with a tear in the right elbow ligament and required PRP treatment. In 2018, he pitched for the Taichung Athletics in Taiwan’s Industrial League, but only appeared in 2.2 innings as a reliever with a 13.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
Hsu received offers from the Phillies, Orioles, and Indians. The offers were significantly reduced due to his pre-existing injury.
In the small sample of 20-25 pitches in his pro debut, Hsu threw his fastball 86-88 mph with a curve ball, slider, and change up.
- Bats right, Throws right
- 6’2, 202 lbs.
- Born August 19, 1999 (age 20)
- International FA out of Linyuen, Taiwan, signed on July 12, 2018
- 2019; GCL Phillies East
Bruce Wang was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent on August 27, 2018 out of China.
Wang (Wang Yang)was signed as a 19-year-old catcher. He is a 5’8, 161 lb. left-handed batter. In 62 plate appearances, he scored 6 runs, had 10 hits, hit 2 doubles, had 7 RBI, walked 8 times, and struck out 13 times. He caught 20 error-free games and had a 41% caught stealing rate.
Wang is product of one of the MLB Development Center at Nanjing Dongshan Foreign Language School, one of three DCs in China. He was the fourth mainland China player to sign with an MLB club.
Wang spent three years at the DC, originally arriving as a middle infielder. Minniti said the Wang had been on the Phillies’ radar for some time.
“Developing international players is very important to the Phillies, and the DCs in China are doing a tremendous job of nurturing talent. It wasn’t long before we saw that Bruce was the kind of player we want to help build our organization with an eye to the future.
“His maturity was evident right from the start, and he’s proven to be a quick learner. He has a great skill set and a wonderful personality.
“He’s also a leader, the kind of player whose dedication to the game is an inspiration for his teammates. That’s very important to the Philadelphia Phillies.”
Ray Chang, who serves as head coach at the DC, agreed with Minniti’s assessment.
“Bruce is one of the best players to ever come through MLB China.
“The first thing people notice about him is his infectious smile and personality. Bruce has a wonderful personality that everyone wants to be around.
“On the field, he’s a natural leader. He expects a lot out of his teammates, challenging his teammates to bring out their best.”
Chang said one of the biggest advances Wang made over his tenure at the DC was his overall understanding of the game and his willingness to learn.
MLB first arrived in China in 2007. It’s Play Ball! Project has reached over 100 schools as well as the three DCs. Since 2009, more than 180 student athletes have gone through the DCs. Of the 69 graduates in the past four years, more than 40 are attending universities in China and the US, seven are playing collegiate baseball in the US and 12 are playing in the Chinese Baseball League. Had he not signed with the Phillies, Wang would have attended college in Nebraska.
Wang doesn’t look like a prototypical ball player. He is extremely popular with his team mates. In that regard, he reminds me of Chace Numata.
- Bats left, Throws right
- 5’8, 161 lbs.
- Born September 6, 1999 (age 20)
- International FA out of Yancheng, Jiangsu province, China, signed on August 27, 2018
- 2018: Adelaide Bite
- 2019; GCL Phillies West
Information researched from CBL, CBL Stats, and China daily.