“Orioles Are ‘Really Working On’ Trying To Sign Chen Wei-Yin”

The Orioles are making a run at Japanese pitcher  Chen Wei-Yin, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun:

Here is a scouting report of Chen Wei-Yin from Patrick Newman of Frangraphs and NPBtracker:

Chen features NPB’s top lefty power arsenal, primarily throwing fastballs and sliders, while mixing in occasional forkballs and the random big, loopy curve. His fastball reaches 95 mph or so, but usually sits around 90-92, while his slider breaks in on righthanded batters and sits in the 85-87 range. Chen has been letting his pitches get up in the zone much more this season, and is showing more of a flyball tendency than he did last year.

Here are his stats from the Central League:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 22 Chunichi JPCL Fgn 7 6 2.90 39 14 114.2 101 40 37 7 33 107 1.169 0.5 2.6 8.4 3.24
2009 23 Chunichi JPCL Fgn 8 4 1.54 24 23 164.0 113 32 28 10 40 146 0.933 0.5 2.2 8.0 3.65
2010 24 Chunichi JPCL Fgn 13 10 2.87 29 27 188.0 166 63 60 21 49 153 1.144 1.0 2.3 7.3 3.12
3 Seasons 28 20 2.41 92 64 466.2 380 135 125 38 122 406 1.076 0.7 2.4 7.8 3.33

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