Hung-Chih Kuo

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Hung-Chih Kuo MLB Career Stats

13-17 3.73 292.1 345 1.21

Hung-Chih Kuo Bio

  • Full Name: Hung-Chih Kuo
  • Born: 7/23/1981 in Tainan City, Taiwan
  • High School: Nan-Ying Vocational, Taiwan
  • Debut: September 2, 2005
  • Ret., Final Game: 9/24/2011
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MLB Career Stats 13 17 3.73 218 14 13 292.1 345 1.21


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NL All-Star

Year Team League
2010 LA Dodgers NL

Setup Man of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2008 LA Dodgers NL

PCL Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
08/06/2006 Las Vegas PCL

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Season SV Rank
2010 12 18th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2010 21 12th in NL

Hung-Chih Kuo Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
March 19, 2012 Seattle Mariners released LHP Hung-Chih Kuo.
February 6, 2012 Seattle Mariners signed free agent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo.
December 12, 2011 LHP Hung-Chih Kuo elected free agency.
June 19, 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers activated LHP Hung-Chih Kuo from the 15-day disabled list.
June 15, 2011 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Albuquerque Isotopes.
June 9, 2011 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
May 11, 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers placed LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10, 2011. Psychological issue.
May 1, 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers activated LHP Hung-Chih Kuo from the 15-day disabled list.
April 25, 2011 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
April 16, 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers placed LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 14, 2011. Left low back strain
April 22, 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers activated LHP Hung-Chih Kuo from the 15-day disabled list.
April 15, 2010 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Inland Empire 66ers.
April 4, 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers placed LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, 2010. Tender left elbow.
July 27, 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers activated LHP Hung-Chih Kuo from the 60-day disabled list.
July 25, 2009 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Inland Empire 66ers.
July 23, 2009 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Albuquerque Isotopes.
July 18, 2009 sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Inland Empire 66ers.
July 9, 2009 AZL Dodgers sent LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on a rehab assignment to Albuquerque Isotopes.
July 3, 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers transferred LHP Hung-Chih Kuo from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
June 30, 2009 Hung-Chih Kuo assigned to AZL Dodgers from Los Angeles Dodgers.
May 2, 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers placed LHP Hung-Chih Kuo on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 30, 2009. Sore left elbow.

Hung-Chih Kuo Bio Info

Hong-Chih (hahng-chee) Kuo (kwoh)...resides in Tainan City, Taiwan during the off-season with wife, I-Ching...traveled to Taiwan during Spring Training in 2010 with the Dodgers and took part in numerous events in his home country including a clinic for local youth...was a teammate of Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang at Nan-Ying Vocational High School...became the first Taiwanese high schooler to be signed by a Major League Baseball team. 2011 Made pair of trips to the disabled list in his 7th Major League season with the Dodgers...Missed 52 games on the DL with a left lower back strain (April 14-May 1) and an anxiety disorder (May 10-June 19)...made 7 rehab appearances with A Rancho Cucamonga and AAA Albuquerque...Limited first batters faced to a .219 batting average (7x32) with 10 strikeouts...Averaged 12.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (36 SO, 27.0 IP)...Held right-handed batters to a .204 (11x54) average...held RH batters to a career .216 (161x745) average. 2010 Earned his first trip to the All-Star Game and allowed an unearned run in the fifth inning of the game in Anaheim...was the first-ever Taiwanese All-Star ... Finished the season 3-2 with a 1.20 ERA (8 ER/60.0 IP) and 12 saves in 13 tries ... Struck out 73 batters and walked just 18 ... His 1.200 ERA was the lowest in Dodger history among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings pitched, besting Eric Gagne's 1.202 ERA in 2003 ... Led all Major League relievers with a 1.20 ERA ... Allowed just 29 hits on the season and limited the opposition to a .139 batting average ... that mark led all Major League relievers ... opponents' .192 slugging percentage against him was also tops among big league relievers ... Left-handed hitters batted just .095 (6-for-63) against him (five singles and a double) ... Allowed just one home run on the season, a ninthinning solo shot to the Reds' Chris Heisey in a game the Dodgers won 6-2 on June 16 ... also earned his first save of the season in that contest ... Was 2-0 with a 0.29 ERA (1 ER/31.0 IP) at Dodger Stadium ... was 1-2 with a 2.17 ERA (7 ER/29.0IP) on the road ... batters hit just .108 at home off him ... Posted a 0.99 ERA before the All-Star break and a 1.38 mark in the second half ... Posted a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP) during the day and a 1.32 mark at night ... Dominated the National League West, going 1-0 with six saves and a 0.33 ERA (1 ER/27.2 IP) ... did not allow a run to the Diamondbacks, Padres or Rockies over 19 appearances ... Batters were 4-for-49 against him (.082) when leading off the inning ... Averaged 10.95 strikeouts per nine innings, good for 13th among NL relievers ... Batters were 11-for-86 (.128) with runners on and 6-for-49 (.122) with runners in scoring position ... the opposition was 1-for-28 (.036) with RISP and two outs ... Did not allow a run in May, a span of 11 games (10.2 IP) ... was 2-0 with two saves and a 0.75 ERA in June and 1-0 with one save and a 0.75 ERA in July ... also struck out 16 batters over 12.0 innings in July and was named the Farmers Insurance Dodgers' Player of the Month ... Gave up one run over his final 11.1 IP in September and October ... Did not allow a run in five Interleague games ... Began the year on the disabled list, but was activated on April 22 at CIN and gave up two runs in his first outing ... following that, tossed 18.1 consecutive scoreless innings from April 24-June 16 ... On July 4 at Arizona, struck out six of the seven batters he faced over 2.0 innings ... the six Ks were a season high ... Threw 2.0 scoreless innings on four different occasions (7/4, 7/20, 7/27, 9/19) ... Since June 16 has saved 12 straight contests without blowing one. 2009 Went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 35 games in a season cut short in the middle due to left elbow soreness...rebounded in dominating fashion after the All-Star break...Made only seven appearances through April 29 before going on the disabled list with left elbow soreness on May 2, retroactive to April 30...allowed four runs and five hits in 5.1 innings before being shut down...Transferred to the 60-day DL on July 3, when Manny Ramirez returned from the suspended list and Claudio Vargas was reinstated from the 60-day DL...Reinstated from the 60-day DL on July 27, and made 28 appearances the rest of the way with a 2.19 ERA (6 ER/24.2 IP) in those games...served primarily as the seventh-inning set-up man down the stretch...Limited the opposition to a .198 batting average, including a .152 mark (5-for-33) by left-handed hitters...Allowed only six extra-base hits: three doubles, one triple and two home runs...only one of those came against a left-handed hitter, a Kelly Johnson two-run homer on August 7...Retired 27 of 35 first batters faced, a 77.1 percent success rate...Struck out 32 batters in 30.0 innings, an average of 9.6 punchouts per nine innings...Tossed 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 11 appearances from August 27-September 23...Was the winning pitcher vs. Colorado on October 3, when the Dodgers clinched their second straight National League West Division title with a 5-0 triumph...The opposition hit only .080 (2-for-25) against him with runners in scoring position...Threw 8.0 scoreless innings in nine appearances in day games...Made nine rehab appearances from June 30-July 24 before being reinstated from the DL on July 27...started with three games with the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers (3.0 scoreless innings)...then made a pair of appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque (one run in 2.0 innings)...closed it out with four games with Single-A Inland Empire (4.0 scoreless innings)...Picked up his first postseason win in Game 2 of the NLCS vs. Philadelphia on October 16...tossed scoreless relief in four of five postseason appearances...struck out eight and allowed one run in 5.0 innings (1.80 ERA)...did not allow a hit to left-handed hitters in the postseason (0-for-4, three strikeouts) 2008 Bounced back from left rotator cuff and left elbow injuries in 2007 to pitch in a career-high 80.0 innings over a career-best 42 games (three starts)...did not pitch after Sept. 14, however, due to a sore left arm...finished 5-3 with a save and a 2.14 ERA, working mainly in a long relief role...Had a 1.69 ERA (13 ER/69.1 IP) as a reliever to lead the National League and rank seventh in the Majors...Struck out 96 in 80.0 innings, an average of 10.80 strikeouts per 9.0 the opposition to a .204 average, including a .194 mark as a reliever...Worked 2.0 or more innings in 18 of his 39 relief appearances...posted a 0.38 ERA (2 ER/47.0 IP) in those games...Retired the final 10 left-handed hitters he faced...beginning on July 27, left-handed hitters were just 3-for-23 (.130) against him...His three spot starts were April 2 vs. San Francisco, April 15 vs. Pittsburgh and April 22 at Cincinnati...went 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA (6 ER/10.2 IP) as a starter...Tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings in five-plus appearances from May 17-June 12...On May 6 vs. New York Mets, struck out a career-high-tying eight batters, which was the most strikeouts by a Dodger reliever in a game since Kevin Brown tied a Los Angeles Dodger record with nine in 4.0 innings on Aug. 25, 2002...worked 4.1 innings on June 1 at the New York Mets for his longest relief outing...earned his first big league save on Aug. 14 vs. Philadelphia, closing out a 3-1 win with 2.0 scoreless innings...Was not on the Dodgers' Division Series roster due to lingering elbow pain...did make the NLCS roster, and appeared in three games, giving up a run in 3.0 innings of work 2007 Began and ended the year on the disabled list, posting a 1-4 record and 7.42 ERA in eight games (six starts) in between stints on the DL... also went 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in seven games (five starts) for Triple-A Las Vegas...Activated from the disabled list (left rotator cuff) on May 3 and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas...recalled from Triple-A on May 15 and was sent to the bullpen...appeared in just two games, giving up four runs in 2.1 innings...sent back down on May 22...recalled for the second time on June 2...placed on the disabled list for the second time on June 30 with left elbow inflammation and underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow on July 25 and did not pitch again during the season...Beat the Mets on June 12 for his second Major League win, working 7.0 innings and giving up one run and five hits...hit a 412-foot home run in that contest, the third of back-to-back-toback homers and the first homer by a Taiwanese player in Major League history...his batting helmet was sent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown...Faced San Diego's Jake Peavy on June 7, allowing just one run and three hits over 6.0 innings in a no-decision...fanned a careerhigh tying eight batters in the contest...Overall at Triple-A, struck out 28 batters and walked just eight in 20.0 innings pitched...held right-handers to a .222 average and lefties to a .276 mark 2006 Earned the Jim and Dearie Mulvey Award as the top rookie in Dodger camp, posting a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) with 14 strikeouts in 10 games...Made his first Opening Day roster as a reliever but was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on April 30...Recalled from Las Vegas on June 3 for his second stint with the Dodgers in 2006...had 18 strikeouts in 12.0 innings at Las Vegas...Optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas for the second time on July 4 and was converted back to starting on July 16...went 3-3 with a 2.61 ERA in nine starts for the 51s and was recalled for a third time on Aug. 30...His first Major League start on Sept. 8 at Shea Stadium in New York happened on Taiwanese Heritage Night...pitched 6.0 scoreless innings and earned his first big league victory...Became just the third Taiwanese pitcher to start a game in Major League history following Colorado's Chin-hui Tsao and the New York Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang...In five starts, went 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA (10 ER/29.1 IP) 23 relief appearances, posted an 0-4 record and 5.34 ERA...Held lefties to a .241 average (13-for-54) and right-handers to a .246 mark (41-for-167)...Struck out a career-high eight batters on two occasions, Sept. 19 vs. Pittsburgh and Sept. 24 vs. Arizona...Pitched for Chinese Taipei in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, allowing three earned runs in two games (1.2 IP)...Started Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Mets and lost, giving up two runs in 4.1 innings...holds the record for the fewest career wins at the time of a postseason start, as he had only one Major League win entering the game...the previous record was two wins, by Gary Waslewski of the Red Sox in the 1967 World Series 2005 Contract was purchased from Double-A Jacksonville on Sept. 2 and he spent the final month of the regular season with the big league club, appearing in nine games and compiling an 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA in 5.1 innings...Pitched in a combined 37 games and 59.2 innings between the Major Leagues and minor leagues...prior to the season, injuries limited him to just 18 games and 42.1 innings pitched in his first five seasons in the Dodger organization...In 28 outings between Single-A Vero Beach (11 games) and Jacksonville (17 games), was 2-2 with three saves and a 1.99 ERA, striking out 86 batters in 54.1 innings...with Jacksonville, posted a 1.91 ERA (6 ER/28.1 IP)...In a span of 13 outings for Jacksonville from July 9-Aug. 29, allowed just one run in 21.0 innings...Made his Major League debut on Sept. 2 at Colorado...came into the contest in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two out and retired Clint Barmes on a soft liner to end the inning...Held right-handers to .000 average (0-for-8) with five strikeouts...Entered Sept. 18 game at San Francisco to face Barry Bonds in the eighth inning and served up career home run No. 705 to the Giants' slugger...Over his next five outings, pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out nine batters...Hurled 2.0 scoreless innings on Sept. 20 at Arizona and struck out five batters to match the Dodger season high for strikeouts by a reliever 2004 On June 1 for Single-A Columbus, made his first appearance in a professional game since Aug. 29, 2002, following rehabilitation at Extended Spring Training...Earned first career win by tossing 3.0 shutout innings of relief on June 10 vs. Rome 2003 Spent the entire season recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. 2002 Limited to 7 appearances with the GCL Dodgers and Vero Beach as he continued to rehabilitate injured left elbow. 2001 Returned to action in late June after having not appeared in a pro game in over 14 months...made 7 appearances (6 GS) for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers. 2000 Made his pro debut April 10 for A San Bernardino...struck out 7 of the 10 batters faced in 3.0 shutout innings...suffered season-ending elbow injury, requiring "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery.