Chun-Lin Chi

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Chun-Lin Chi (紀俊麟)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.

Chun-Lin Chi was a player for seven seasons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Chi played in the 1992 Little League World Series qualifiers, losing to the Philippines in the Far East finale, 1997 World Junior Championship and 1998 Asian Junior Championship. He played in the 2001 Asian Championship. The first overall pick in the 2001 CPBL draft, he hit a disappointing .215/.342/.280 as a rookie for the Chinatrust Whales. In 2002, he was little better at .227/.294/.318.

Chi began turning it on in 2003, putting up a .284/.382/.360 line and stealing 48 bases in 70 tries. He led the league in times caught stealing while finishing one swipe behind leader Kan-Lin Huang. In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, he backed up Cheng-Wei Huang in center field for Taiwan and put on a pathetic show, fanning in five of his six at-bats and never getting a hit or walk while making two errors in the field.

Chi batted .277/.361/.325 in 2004 and stole 30 bases while being thrown out running 15 times. He was again one steal behind the leader, Chao-Hang Cheng, while again leading in times thrown out. He made his only Best Ten, joining Chih-Yuan Chen and Cheng-Min Peng as the outfielders honored.

In 2005, Chi hit .286/.361/.357 and stole 21 bases in 31 tries. He fielded .984 with 11 assists in 93 games. He won a Gold Glove that year. The next season, Chi's batting line was .276/.334/.368 and he was 16-for-24 in steal attempts. He batted .269/.348/.358 and pilfered 19 bags in 24 tries in 2007.

That marked his final season as Chi was banned from the game for a game-fixing scandal.

Overall, Chi hit .271/.351/.346 in 567 games in the CPBL, with 316 runs and 145 steals in 210 tries.