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Report: Cardinals Sign Lin Chen-Wei Out of Taiwan

 Matt Tallarini  |    Jul 3rd, 2023 3:15pm EDT

Lin Chen-Wei pitched for Chinese Taipei in the 2022 U-23 World Cup. (Photo Courtesy of WBSC/Jorge Martin)

Pitcher Lin Chen-Wei is expected to sign as an international free agent contract to the St. Louis Cardinals for $500,000 according to CPBLstats.com. 

Lin, 21, has impressed Major League Baseball scouts playing at the collegiate level with Cultural University in Taiwan, with a fastball topping out at 99.5 mph. He was recently invited to the Chinese Taipei national team’s World Baseball Classic training camp.

During the 2022 U-23 World Cup last October in Taiwan, Lin started in two games against Japan and Australia, going 0-1 with a 3.82 ERA, allowing four hits, two earned runs, walking four, and striking out five, helping Chinese Taipei earn the bronze medal, beating Mexico.


In the 2020 U-23 World Cup in October 2021 in Mexico, Lin made two appearances out of the bullpen, throwing 1.2 innings and recording a 4.20 ERA while allowing three hits, one earned run, walking one, and striking out three.

Last year, during the summer collegiate league season, Lin played in Northwoods League for the Kenosha Kingfish, pitching in nine games with four starts, going 0-1 with a 12.06 ERA and throwing 15.2 innings, allowing 16 hits, walking 24, and striking out 16.

Lin also appeared in the Major League Baseball Draft League with the Frederick Keys, making four starts and going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA, throwing 16.2 innings while allowing 15 hits, walking 10, and striking out 15.