Future Watch: Chih-Wei Hu Rookie Baseball Cards, Rays

Future Watch: Chih-Wei Hu Rookie Baseball Cards, RaysFuture Watch: Chih-Wei Hu Rookie Baseball Cards, RaysChih Wei Hu became a Minnesota Twin in 2012, signing as a free agent at the age of 21. He came over with little fanfare and Minnesota actually traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays just before the July 31st trading deadline ended in 2017. In short, they gave up too much including this talented righty in the deal and here’s why.

Now 24, he’s spent five seasons in the minors compiling a superb record of 28-19 with a 2.79 ERA and 382 strikeouts in 435 2/3 innings. Last year he played most of the season pitching for the Triple-A Durham Bulls where he compiled a nice 4-1 record.

2017 was a great year for the Taiwanese player. He did make his major league debut with Tampa on April 24th. He did well coming out of the bullpen with a scoreless effort. In five more games that season, he was 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA striking out nine in ten innings of work.

Hu didn’t make the big league club and was optioned to the minors to begin the 2018 season. Many think he’ll get called up again this season.

According to his MLB.com draft profile:

Hu operates in the low 90s with late life but shows consistent plus velocity in shorter bursts. His changeup is a plus pitch as well as his best secondary weapon, one he throws against hitters on both sides of the plate, and he’s adept at mixing in a legitimate palmball. Hu also has a curveball and a slider, the latter flashing above-average potential with cutter action. Though he lacks physical projection, Hu has proved plenty durable as a starter throughout his career. ETA 2018.

Here’s a look at his MLB debut:

 

He has a 2017 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospects Autographs card. That’s a good way to get him into your collection.

Hu is a reliever with some promise. Keep an eye out for him.

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Russ Cohen

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