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Friday, March 25, 2011

Scouting Report Chin-lung Hu

Chin-lung Hu - #25
27 years old
5th major league season
5'11" 190 pounds
Bats R/Throws R

Profile: Acquired in a trade this off-season from the Dodgers for Mike Antonini, this Taiwanese player has played in 96 major league games, but only 191 plate appearances.
Good: His glove is universally praised and all throughout the minors he was deemed to be "a future gold glove winner", and "the best defensive shortstop in the minors." In 58 games for AAA Albuquerque last season, he finally started to show some offensive ability, hitting .317/.339/.438, the best lines of his career dating back to 2007. Early reports from spring training was that the coaching staff was happy with his "developing gap power", but he only has 3 extra base hits in 39 at bats.
Bad: Albeit in a small sample size, he hasn't been able to hit major league pitching. His major league stats are: .191/.241/.283. He has a poor walk rate (majority of his career < 5%). Broke his left thumb last year and he missed 62 games, as well as 6 days for a broken nose; he also had trouble with blurry vision in 2008 that caused him to miss 33 games.

Role: Back-up to Reyes at SS, and late inning defensive replacement at 2B. Remains to be seen if he can hit enough to be an every day major league player.

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