Feb 2, 2013

Short Time Taiwanese Born Met: Chin Lung Hu (2011)

Chin-lung Hu was born on February 2nd, 1984 at Tainan City, Taiwan. The five foot eleven right handed hitting infielder was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003. In eight minor league seasons through 2010 he batted over .290 all but once. In those years he hit over .300 four times total, stealing over 15 bases three times earlier in his career.

He made his MLB debut in September 2007 and the usually weak hitter actually hit two HRs in just 29 at bats. The first was a pinch hit blast in the bottom of the 9th inning off San Diego's Bret Tomko although L.A. still lost the game. He was called up briefly in four straight seasons for the Dodgers (2007-2010) seeing the most action in 2008. That month he filled in at second base & short stop playing in 65 games batting just .181 with nine RBIs.

Right after Christmas 2010 Hu was traded to the New York Mets for minor leaguer Michael Antonini. Hu would make the Mets out of Spring Training as a reserve infielder. He made his Mets debut on Opening Day going 0-1 as a pinch hitter in Florida against the Marlins.

He was used mostly as a pinch hitter with a few appearances at second base, but hit just .050 getting one hit in twenty at bats by May 16th. The one hit came in Philadelphia against JC Romero & the Phillies in a Mets April 5th win.

He spent 13 games at AAA Buffalo batting just .194 Then spent time with the Gulf Coast Mets batting just .184. He was granted free agency after the season. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians but was released in April 2012.

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