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Tzu-Wei Lin

Tzu-Wei Lin

SS | B/T: L/R | 5' 9" 155 | Age: 24
Kaohsiung County, Taiwan
MLB Rankings
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Outs Above Avg
Sprint Speed
xwOBA
xBA
xSLG
Legend
Poor
Avg
Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2018 73 65 15 16 1 6 0 .246 .329 .415 .744
2 Seasons 139 121 22 31 1 8 1 .256 .348 .380 .728
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2018 .246 1 6 0 .744
2 Seasons .256 1 8 1 .728

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2017 BOS AL 25 66 56 7 15 0 2 0 2 9 17 1 1 0 .268 .369 .339 .709
2018 BOS AL 37 73 65 15 16 6 1 1 6 8 17 0 1 0 .246 .329 .415 .744
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2017 BOS AL 66 19 35 1 0 .385 2 0 12 289 4.38 .258 .000 .529 .071 .071 0
2018 BOS AL 73 27 24 0 0 .319 8 0 3 298 4.08 .233 .014 .471 .169 .169 0

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 30 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Lin created a stir as an amateur, winning MVP honors at the 2010 World Junior Championships and planning to sign with the Yankees for $350,000 until the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association said it would ban him from playing or coaching in Taiwan if he turned pro before graduating from high school. He stayed to get his diploma and broke the bonus record for Taiwanese position players when the Red Sox gave him $2.05 million in 2012. He posted just a .614 OPS in his first five years in pro ball before 2017, when he broke out in Double-A and served as a competent stopgap solution at third base in Boston.

Lin had more success at the plate when he did a better job of balancing selectivity with aggression. He always has controlled the strike zone well and made consistent contact, but now he will pick his spots and hunt pitches to drive. He won't be a power threat but his seven homers in 2017 eclipsed his total of six in his first five seasons.

Though his plus speed remains his best tool, Lin never has translated it into many stolen bases. It plays better on defense, where his quickness and average arm allow him to play shortstop, second base, third base and center field. He doesn't have the offensive upside to profile as a regular but could be a useful utilityman if the progress he made at the plate is real.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2017 289 40 1 2.5 81.7 8.7 .229 .291 .319 .293 .328 35.0 25.8 13.6
2018 298 48 2 4.2 88.0 12.9 .248 .374 .320 .312 .366 25.0 24.3 10.8
ALL 587 88 3 3.4 85.1 11.0 .239 .336 .319 .303 .349 29.5 25.0 12.1
MLB 31254 6.1 87.4 10.9 .246 .399 .317 .313 .363 34.1 21.4 8.2

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/01/2018 Boston Red Sox recalled SS Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket Red Sox.
07/31/2018 Boston Red Sox optioned SS Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket Red Sox.
07/29/2018 Boston Red Sox recalled Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket Red Sox.
07/24/2018 Boston Red Sox optioned SS Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket Red Sox.
07/12/2018 Boston Red Sox recalled Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket Red Sox.
06/29/2018 Boston Red Sox optioned SS Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket Red Sox.
06/23/2018 Boston Red Sox recalled Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket Red Sox.
05/08/2018 Boston Red Sox optioned SS Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket Red Sox.
04/10/2018 Boston Red Sox recalled Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket Red Sox.
03/24/2018 Boston Red Sox optioned 3B Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket Red Sox.
10/05/2017 Tzu-Wei Lin roster status changed by Boston Red Sox.
09/02/2017 Boston Red Sox recalled CF Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket Red Sox.
07/17/2017 Boston Red Sox optioned CF Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket Red Sox.
06/24/2017 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of SS Tzu-Wei Lin from Portland Sea Dogs.
05/19/2017 Portland Sea Dogs activated SS Tzu-Wei Lin from the 7-day disabled list.
05/10/2017 Portland Sea Dogs placed SS Tzu-Wei Lin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 8, 2017.
02/24/2017 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Boston Red Sox.
02/29/2016 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Boston Red Sox.
07/16/2015 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Portland Sea Dogs from Salem Red Sox.
04/07/2015 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Salem Red Sox from Greenville Drive.
03/14/2015 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Boston Red Sox.
07/27/2014 Greenville Drive activated SS Tzu-Wei Lin from the 7-day disabled list.
07/19/2014 Greenville Drive placed SS Tzu-Wei Lin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 12, 2014.
04/01/2014 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners.
06/13/2013 SS Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to Lowell Spinners from GCL Red Sox.
06/27/2012 Tzu-Wei Lin assigned to GCL Red Sox.
06/16/2012 Boston Red Sox signed free agent SS Tzu-Wei Lin to a minor league contract.