The Los Angeles Dodgers signed 20-year-old Lin Huei-Sheng of Taiwan on Saturday. Huei-Sheng represents a very intriguing piece and was recently clocked as high as 95.1 mph in a start. Although Huei-Sheng is a few years away from vying to be a force at the big-league level, there is a lot of potential with the Taiwanese pitching product.
Rumour the Los Angeles #Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a deal with 20-year-old Taiwanese RHP ??? (Lin Hui-Sheng), pending physical. According Liberty Sports, the signing bonus said to be around $300,000 to $350,000 USD. #MLBTW pic.twitter.com/12qg3NrfLY
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) January 13, 2019
His signing bonus is expected to be somewhere in the $300,000-$350,000 range.
The Dodgers have been the most active team in the majors over the last decade with the Taiwanese baseball front. The team has employed 4 of only 14 Taiwanese players in the history of the sport, most notably Hong-Chih Kuo.
At the age of 17, Huei-Sheng was topping out at 94mph and was seen as a potential MLB signing after his final year of high school. However, he made the decision to wait and still received a lofty signing bonus to sign with one of the premier clubs of the sport.
To provide a basic scouting report on what I have seen in video of Huei-Sheng is that he has a very live arm with great arm-side run on his fastball. That heater will play up at 90-93 with such effective movement. When watching Huei-Sheng, he reminds me a lot of Hiroki Kuroda, especially with his repertoire and delivery. Outside of the great fastball, Lin Huei-Sheng boasts a forkball, slider, and a curve. Huei-Sheng definitely has the look and feel of a successful big-league starter as he was last measured at 6’1 and 195 pounds.
Huei-Sheng most notably worked with Hideo Nomo in 2015. To see arguably the Dodgers’ best Asian player in their history work with Huei-Sheng is something exciting to see.
As far as Huei-Sheng’s performance at the National Taiwan Sport University goes, he has been largely successful outside of his control. Across 32 2/3 frames, Huei-Sheng has posted a solid 3.30 ERA to go along with some below average marks (6.9 K/9, 1.50 WHIP, 5.5 BB/9) for the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League.
Although the signing represents nothing more than a high-upside play in the present, Lin Huei-Sheng could be a name Dodger fans need to know in the future.
[button link=”https://www.dodgersnation.com/former-gm-jim-bowden-says-dodgers-are-a-team-going-backwards/2019/01/14/” type=”big” color=”red”] Former GM Says Dodgers Are A “Team Going Backwards”[/button]