Che-Hsuan Lin Lands in Houston
After being designated for assignment, former PawSox outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin has been claimed by the Houston Astros.
The Red Sox DFA’d Lin when they picked up former Miami reliever Sandy Rosario off waivers on October 17. Rosario, 27, posted a 1.04 ERA (3 ER/26.0 IP) over 25 appearances for Miami’s Triple-A club in New Orleans in 2012, all in relief, striking out 24 batters compared to just two walks while limiting opponents to a .215 batting average (20-for-93). He was also 16-for-16 in save opportunities.
Lin was once considered an emerging prospect in the Red Sox system and made his biggest splash in 2008 when, at 19-years-old, was named MVP of the Futures Game after hitting a two-run homer. However, in each of the last three seasons, Lin has hit just two home runs each year.
Where Lin makes his biggest impact is on defense. Now 24-years-old, the Taiwanese outfielder was routinely ranked as possessing one of the best arms in Boston’s system. As PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler told me on several occasions, Lin wasn’t the fastest player on the PawSox roster, but he routinely produced the best jumps in the outfield and consistently read the ball well.
Lin made his Major League debut in 2012 and in total appeared in nine games for the Red Sox. In 198 games with the PawSox, Lin hit .242 with four homers and 55 runs batted in.
With the late-season additions of Jeremy Hazelbaker and Bryce Brentz from Portland, Lin began to lose playing time and he figured to lose more once Jackie Bradley Jr. (presumably) arrives sometime in 2013.
With its new logo, new uniforms, and new league, Houston has more opportunity for Lin than Boston.