Chinese Taipei leaning on deep pitching staff

Team could use skill, athleticism as keys to success

Chinese Taipei leaning on deep pitching staff

What Team Chinese Taipei lacks in experience, it hopes to make up for in skill and athleticism during the World Baseball Classic. Just three players on the roster, all pitchers, are currently in the farm system of a Major League Baseball team.

Right-handers Ping-Hsueh Chen and Shao-Ching Chiang are teammates within the Indians' Minor League organization, while Wei-Chung Wang is a left-hander in the Brewers' system. One familiar face on the roster is Chien-Ming Wang. He spent nine seasons in the Majors, most recently with the Royals in 2016. He went 6-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 38 games (24 starts).

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Chinese Taipei has a deep pitching staff, with 21 pitchers on the roster. Each team has the option of using the designated pitcher pool [DPP], which works like this: A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers, but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time. Those active DPs can be replaced at the beginning of each of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for a subsequent round. Using Chinese Taipei as an example, Yun-Wen Chen and Kuo-Hua Lo are the active DPs for the first round of pool play, so they can be replaced on the roster before the second round or the championship round, but only by one of the team's other DPs. And if a DP joins for the second round, he can be replaced for the championship round, but only by another DP.

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POOL A
Chinese Taipei
Israel
Korea
Netherlands

POOL B
Australia
China
Cuba
Japan

POOL C
Canada
Colombia
Dominican Republic
United States

POOL D
Italy
Mexico
Puerto Rico
Venezuela

Pitchers
Hung-Wen Chen
Kuan-Yu Chen
Ping-Hsueh Chen, Indians
Yun-Wen Chen*
Shao-Ching Chiang, Indians
Sheng-Hsiung Huang
Chun-Lin Kuo
Hung-Cheng Lai**
Chen-Hua Lin
Kuo-Hua Lo*
Yen-Ching Lu**
Fu-Te Ni
Wei-Lun Pan
Chia-Hao Sung
Ming-Chin Tsai
Cheng-Hao Wang**
Chien-Ming Wang**
Ching-Ming Wang
Wei-Chung Wang, Brewers**
Chun-Chieh Wu**
Chien-Fu Yang**
* Active designated pitchers pool
** Designated pitchers pool

Catchers
Ta-Hung Cheng
Kun-Sheng Lin

Infielders
Yung-Chi Chen
Chih-Hsien Chiang
Chiâ€"Hung Hsu
Chih-Hsiang Lin
Chih-Sheng Lin
Yi-Chuan Lin
Sheng-Wei Wang

Outfielders
Cheng-Wei Chang
Chih-Hao Chang
Chin-Lung Hu
Kuo-Hui Kao
Che-Hsuan Lin
Guo-Long Luo

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.