At first glance I see a player with a hyphenated name that is only 6 letters long and instantly think to myself, "guess he's not winning the Jarrod Saltalamacchia long name contest". There's more to this rookie lefty from Taiwan than his name. He's come into the Detroit Tigers bullpen exceedingly well- 11 gm, 10.2 ip, 10 k, 2.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP. Ni had been pitching for the Chinese Professional Baseball League's Chinatrust Whales, but the team disbanded leaving him without employment. Luckily for him and the Tigers, he was signed and reported to the Toledo Mud Hens for the 2009 season. In 24 minor league games he threw 34.2 innings, while striking out 32 batters, notching 3 wins, with a 2.60 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP. The sample size is small, but he looks like he'll be able to hold his own as a lefty reliever in the bigs. Interesting tidbit- he became the 6th Taiwanese born player in MLB history.
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