Tzu-Wei Lin (Chinese: Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Exponential search' not found., born February 15, 1994) is a Taiwanese baseball shortstop for the Boston Red Sox organization. He began the 2013 season with the Lowell Spinners.
Lin led Taiwan's team to victory in the Junior League World Series in 2007. He played in the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship, in which Taiwan won the championship. He led all players in the tournament in batting average (.607), on-base percentage (.656), and slugging percentage (.907). For his efforts, Lin was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, best hitter, and to the All-Tournament Team as a third baseman.
Lin agreed to sign a contract with the New York Yankees in 2010, when he was 16 years old, for a signing bonus of $350,000. Though Lin was eligible to sign at the time, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association threatened to ban Lin from playing or coaching in Taiwan if he signed before completing high school, leading Lin not to complete the deal. In 2012, Lin agreed to sign a contract with the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees' rivals, receiving a $2.05 million signing bonus, the largest bonus for a Taiwanese position player, the second largest bonus for a Taiwanese player behind Chin-Hui Tsao, and the third largest bonus for an Asian amateur after Tsao and Byung-Hyun Kim.
Lin is listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and 155 pounds (70 kg). Scouts view Lin as a capable fielder with an average throwing arm. He is seen as a fast runner and good hitter who could bat .300, though not with much power.
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The 2010 All-World Junior Baseball team is headed by tournament MVP Wei Tzu Lin, third baseman of Chinese Taipei.
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