Tag: Jen-Lei Liao

Orlando Castro Among Minor League Players Released by Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday that three minor league players have been released and another has been outrighted to the Mexican League. On Saturday, there were four other minor league players released, including Jordan Steranka and Marek Minarik. The additions to that list on Monday are pitchers Orlando Castro, Mervin del Rosario and Jen-Lei […]
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First Look at Jen-Lei Liao, a 6′ 6″, 264 Pound Pitcher...

The Pirates signed Jen-Lei Liao out of Taiwan this off-season. I saw Liao throwing a bullpen during minor league camp on Wednesday. He’s a 20-year old pitcher who has a huge frame, at 6′ 6″, 264 pounds. The Pirates have taken plenty of pitchers out of the draft with similar frames, and they’ve had success […]
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Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US...

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of new international players in minor league camp this year, with 39 guys making the jump to the US for Spring Training. Not all of these players are guaranteed to stay in the US. There have been several cases where a player spends time in Spring Training, only […]
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Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a...

“We’re working very hard to be global. Not just in the Dominican, but as we spread out, there’s ballplayers everywhere, and our challenge is to go find them, as it is for the other 29 teams.” That was Clint Hurdle when I talked to him last week about the talent that is coming to the […]
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Pirates Add Five Minor League Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed five minor league players according to Baseball America. We already heard about two of them, with the signing of catcher Mitch Slauter last week and shortstop Blake Davis was announced this week. The new additions are RHP Jenn-Lei Liao, LHP Matt Ford and catcher Mike Spano. Starting with Spano, the […]
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