Spring Training is a time for players to make an impression and prove to the organization that they are worthy of playing in the Major Leagues.
Chin-Hui Tsao, who is currently at Minor League Spring Training, was signed by the Dodgers in January. While the pitcher had issues overseas that kept him out of the game, the team has given him a few chances this Spring.
According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Tsao has gained the attention of the Major League club:
Chin-hui Tsao not in major lg camp, but has pitched 3x for Dodgers, each time multiple IP. "I'd say he's on our radar," Don Mattingly said
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 19, 2015
Tsao has pitched in three games for the Dodgers this spring and had not allowed a run until Thursday. Although he has posted stellar numbers thus far, the right-hander is still a longshot to make the Opening Day roster because of the crowded competition for the bullpen.
After not making the Colorado Rockies’s MLB roster in 2008, Tsao went to Tawain to play in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. After just one season, he was suspended due to fixing games. The next year, he tried to sign with a team in the Australian League, but the CPBL convinced the Australian League to suspend him as well. Seeing that he was not signed to a team, the Dodgers offered him a contract.
This will not be Tsao’s first stint with the Dodgers. The 33-year-old pitched for them in 2007, pitching 24.2 innings and having a 3.48 ERA.
Although the Dodgers pitching staff is crowded at this point, Tsao could see some action in the MLB if an injury occurs at any point during the season.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Chris Heisey