The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 19-year-old Taiwanese pitcher Po-Yu Chen on Wednesday afternoon as an international free agent. Chen is listed at 6’2″, 187 pounds. His scouting report says that he’s an advanced HS arm, with a fastball in the 88-94 MPH range, which he mixes with a curve, slider and a changeup. He’s very athletic, and comes from an athletic family, with his dad playing pro ball in Taiwan and his mom was a basketball player. Chen has switched from a two-way player to the mound recently and has seen better results. Per a source, his bonus is north of $1,000,000.
[U-18 Baseball World Cup] Team Taiwan's 陳柏毓 (Chen Po-Yu) tossed 6 strong innings with 7K against Korea (6IP, 1ER, 4H, 7K, 1BB). #TWHSBaseball pic.twitter.com/BKysaAif7a
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) September 5, 2019
[U-18 Baseball World Cup] Team Taiwan's 陳柏毓 (Chen Po-Yu) tossed 6 strong innings with 4 strikeouts (6IP, 1ER, 3H). The 17-year-old's fastball topped out at 148kph in today's game. #TWHSBaseball pic.twitter.com/yiQcfcD2uH
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 30, 2019
Some videos I took of Taiwanese RHP Po-Yu Chen from his game vs. Panama today. Chen is considered a top Taiwanese pitching prospect eligible to be signed in 2020. Lots of ML scouts in the stands to watch him.
FB: 89~91, SL: 78~80, CU: 71~74, above avg command. Looks SP-ish. pic.twitter.com/ZUljPwbO7w
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) August 30, 2019
and vs Team USA
[Taiwan U-18] 陳柏毓 (Chen Po-Yu) pitched against Team USA in a warm up game. Chen throws a 151kph fastball, 133kph changeup, 117kph curveball. The 17-year-old RHP is highly likely to sign with an MLB organisation when he graduate from high school next year. #TWHSBaseball pic.twitter.com/VExn8qJcR1
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 27, 2019