Tzu-Wei Lin Pawtucket Red Sox  |  Shortstop-Utility

     
 











Age: 23
Born: February 15, 1994
Kaohsiung County, TW
Height: 5-9
Weight: 155
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International free agent (June 2012)
High School: Kao-Yuan HS (TW)

Photo © William Parmeter

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Physical Description: Athletic, undersized frame with minimal remaining projection. Frame won’t support much added size though could still add strength.

Hit: Starts square with his hands by his upper chest. Strong bat-to-ball skills. Short swing. Raised swing path entering 2017 season in order to hit the ball in the air more often. Hangs in the box longer now than past years when he was a slap hitter looking primarily to put the ball in play, often on the ground. Solid feel; all-fields approach. Really knows the strike zone and doesn’t strike out often. Potential solid-average hit tool.

Power: Well below-average power potential. Below-average raw power. Not a major part of his game. Could hit a few home runs a season if given enough at-bats, but lacks over-the-fence power profile.

Arm: Accurate with average arm strength. Arm is passable on the left side of the infield in a reserve role.

Field: Above-average defensive potential at shortstop. Gets good reads off the bat and has range to both sides. Fluid actions, soft hands. Confident defender, reads the ball off the bat well and comfortable charging the ball. Has some versatility to play second base, third base, and center field.

Run: Above-average speed, though it doesn’t translate to stolen bases. Can go first to third on balls in the gap. Solid instincts.

Career Notes: Received largest bonus ever for an amateur position player from Taiwan, in some part due to timing of signing just before new international signing rules went into effect on July 2, 2012. Reportedly agreed to sign with the Yankees in 2010, but Chinese Taipei Baseball Association threatened to ban him from playing or coaching in Taiwan if he signed before finishing high school. Began seeing time at second base, third base, and center field in 2016 as he began to be developed as for a possible utility role in the majors, but is still primarily a shortstop. Participated in 2012, 2013, and 2016 Fall Instructional League. Became fourth Taiwanese player to record a major league hit in 2017, the first since former Red Sox outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin.

Summation: Potential reserve utility player at the big league level. Bat would likely be exposed in an everyday role, but defensive potential, versatility, and speed make him an attractive option in a bench role. Could serve as a backup at all infield positions except for first base and all three outfield positions. Doesn’t have much upside, but high floor.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2012 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 29 110 21 28 5 1 0 16 35 16 28 4 2 0.255 0.341 0.318 0.659
  2013 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 60 230 34 52 9 2 1 20 68 28 59 12 4 0.226 0.312 0.296 0.607
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 102 402 55 92 22 1 1 42 119 54 74 10 7 0.229 0.315 0.296 0.611
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 73 281 37 79 12 3 2 34 103 22 32 15 3 0.281 0.331 0.367 0.698
  2015 Portland East AA Bos 21 46 173 21 35 5 3 0 14 46 16 27 8 3 0.202 0.268 0.266 0.534
  2015 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 21 13 47 4 10 1 0 0 5 11 4 13 1 1 0.213 0.275 0.234 0.509
  2016 Portland East AA Bos 22 108 372 39 83 10 5 2 27 109 34 55 10 7 0.223 0.288 0.293 0.581
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 23 48 159 31 48 9 3 5 19 78 20 27 8 2 0.302 0.379 0.491 0.870
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23     stats                            
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 23     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ZOO-Way
First Pro Contract:
June 27, 2012 
Signing Bonus: $2,050,000
MiLB Debut: July 6, 2012 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: June 24, 2017 (Bos)
MLB Debut:
June 24, 2017 (Bos)
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): $535,000
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Red Sox ML Base Runner of the Month (July 2013)
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 24-30, 2017)

 

  

 
 

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