May
31

Yankees pursuing Taiwanese shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin

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Via Taiwan Baseball, the Yankees are after 16-year-old Taiwanese shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin. They had originally agreed to sign him for $350k back in 2010, but the deal fell apart because he was too young to turn pro at the time. Bidding is expected to approach $2M this time around. “For sure we will make an offer that is higher than the current offers to get him to join the Yankees,” said Ken Su, the team’s scout in Taiwan. “Our organization has given instructions to get (Lin) at any cost.”

MLB.com recently ranked Lin as the 18th best international free agent on the market, noting that he’s a burner from the left side of the plate with little present power but a strong arm and solid defensive skills. He’s listed at 5-foot-8 and 160 lbs., so c’mon growth spurt. It’s worth noting that Lin will be subject to the spending restrictions implemented by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement come July 2nd, so expect him to sign before then. The Yankees are a very popular team in Taiwan thanks to the success of Chien-Ming Wang, and that can only help their pursuit of Lin and other prospects.

54 Comments»

  1. CountryClub says:

    Nice! get it done.

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My 11 month-old seems to be grasping objects more with his left hand and would not count against the international cap.

  3. AnthonyD says:

    Linsanity

  4. steve s says:

    Nice negotiating style Mr. Su. The “at any cost” leading with your chin statement is sure going to make the Yankee front office/owners thrilled.

  5. RetroRob says:

    So he was only 14 when the Yankees first tried to sign him?

    I also question if Ken Su should be advertising that the Yankees have told the organization to sign Lin at any cost.

    That said, sign him!

  6. LarryM.,Fl. says:

    The Yankees must have their crystal ball repaired because the future must be bright and clear with the 5’8”, 160lb. player. Who has good speed and defensive skills. I’m sure there are a few thousand of these kids available in the states. I hope that they check out the mother and father for any growth spurt possibilities.

    • MannyGeee says:

      5’8″, 160 lbs is still in Pedrioa territory, aint it?

      just sayin

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        Can a Taiwanese player be “gritty”?

      • Ted Nelson says:

        He can’t impact whether he grows any taller, but you have to expect he’ll fill out at least a bit from 16 years old on. He’s at Pedroia’s listed weight already.

        I’m not too worried about the height of a middle IF. Rollins and Furcal are listed 5’8″ too. Ray Durham was as well. Knoblauch was listed 5’9″ and so was Eric Young. Joe Morgan was 5’7″. Puckett (not a IF, obviously) was 5’8″. Rizzuto was 5’6″.

        I would guess that the majority of middle IFs might still be under 6’0″.

      • Greg says:

        it’s a misprint – he’s really 6’8″

    • pat says:

      5’8″ 160 is pretty big for a 16 year old.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      There’s the whole playing baseball thing besides just looking pretty in your uniform.

  7. Cuso says:

    As long as he doesn’t end up in the hands of this guy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  8. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Maybe the Yanks are trying to get the next Ichiro. Fast, not great power, great defense.

    Interesting to see if he makes contact at an absurd rate or something.

  9. JohnC says:

    Wonder if this means they will not be pursuing Soler if they are gonna go all out for this kid

  10. Andrew Brotherton says:

    Every scouting report says he is far better than 18th in the top international prospects in this market. I hope we are still in it on Cabrera and Torrens as well. We could have a really nice haul. I wish Soler would get posted soon.

  11. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Last time they scouted a skinny high school shortstop it seemed to work out quite nicely for the club for 17 seasons (and still counting). Let’s hope lightning strikes twice!

    • gageagainstthemachine says:

      disclaimer: I know they have scouted many shortstops since and they’re not exactly the heirs apparent at this point. Simply reflecting on Jeter’s tenure and hoping for a great successor.

  12. I Live In My Mom's Basement says:

    Gotta love the Taiwan Baseball site. They have a pitcher there that throws 150!

    (kph)

  13. RI$P FTW says:

    Skinny, foreign 16 yr old? Sign me up.

  14. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Surely my negative scouting reports on Cito leading to this move…

  15. Robert says:

    Sounds like he is a little insurance in case CC Culver does not pan out.

  16. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    go get him…this is the Yanks answer to superstar Jose Iglesias!

  17. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    This is Linsane. I mean we need an infielder… But if he is younger than Bryce Harper we’ve got some waiting to do.

  18. oldyankee7 says:

    It sounds like this SS is another Brett; Both hit left handed, both are very good on defense and both are very fast.
    Put a couple of guys like that on a team that has 2-3 mashers and you have a formula for a winning team.

  19. FT says:

    He is 18 yrs old.

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