28-man roster for Premier12 tourney released
Three Taiwanese players currently competing in Japan’s professional league are on the 28-man roster announced by Taiwan’s baseball association yesterday who will represent their country in the upcoming inaugural Premier12 tournament.
The three Taiwanese players are outfielder Yang Dai-Kang ( ) of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, left-handed pitcher Chen Kuanyu ( ) of Yokohama DeNA BayStars, and Kuo Chun-lin (
), a right-handed pitcher for the Saitama Seibu Lions, according to the roster announced by Taiwan’s Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA).
The only active Taiwanese major league pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (
) of the Baltimore Orioles, however, was not among the roster announced in Taipei by national team manager Kuo Tai-yuan ( ).
Major League Baseball (MLB) has reportedly denied any player on a 40-man MLB roster from playing in the Nov. 8-21 competition.
Former major league starter Chien-Ming Wang ( ) was also not on the list as he has declined to join the team.
The 28-man roster for the Taiwanese team, playing under the name Chinese Taipei, includes 22 players from the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), as well as young talent who are currently active in pro and farm teams in Japan and the United States.
In terms of positions, the roster has 13 pitchers, 3 catchers, 7 infielders, and 5 outfielders.
Team Taiwan will face the Netherlands on Nov. 9 in Taichung in its opening game of the inaugural Premier12 tournament, a tournament being co-hosted by Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the CTBA.
The tourney will see the top 12 national teams in the world face off against each other during the nineday tournament to be held in Taichung and Tokyo.