Sunday, April 10, 2005

Chin-Feng Chen Report

Chin-Feng Chen, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1999, Taiwan
Bats R/Throws R
27 YO, 6'1", 190 lbs

The prospecty sheen is long gone and he's unlikely to ever be a starter in the major leagues. On the other hand, he still has some things going for him. He's still a pretty decent AAA outfielder who wouldn't embarrass himself on a big league bench as a designated lefty masher. On the other hand, his AAA stats are greatly enhanced by Cashman Field and he's not a particularly good fielder.

2004 Las Vegas: .289/.359/.584, 19 2B, 6 3B, 20 HR, 35 BB, 78 K, 308 AB
mL Career: .289/.374/.510, 155 2B, 33 3B, 131 HR, 357 BB, 725 K, 2778 AB

I could see him turning into a poor man's Jose Guillen. So where did he go wrong? He just never advanced. He's the same player he was 3 or 4 years ago. In 2002, he hit .284/.352/.503 in Las Vegas. Stagnation is a curse. Chen never turned into the player we thought he would simply because what we saw at 24 years old, was just about the best he had to offer.

He returns to Vegas for his 4th PCL season. He was outrighted off the 40 man roster and is approaching the point where he can look for greener pastures via minor league free agency.

ETA: ?
2 Stars

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