Pirates sign Taiwan pitcher Chen Po-yu

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Taipei Times
Date: Oct 09, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA and AFP, LOS ANGELES

Taiwanese pitcher Chen Po-yu poses in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in this undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of Flight International Marketing

Taiwanese teen pitcher Chen Po-yu on Wednesday signed a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, the MLB club announced.

The 19-year-old right-hander received a US$1.25 million signing bonus, making him one of Pittsburgh’s highest-paid international amateur signees, according to a post on the MLB’s Web site.

Chen was scouted by the Pirates for three years before being signed to a deal, it said.

Last year, the Taoyuan native pitched for Taiwan’s under-18 world champion team, starting twice at the U-18 Baseball World Cup in games against Panama and South Korea, earning a two-inning save in the gold-medal game against the US.    [FULL  STORY]

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