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Taiwanese outfielder Lin to pitch for Rangers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Lin Che-hsuan (林哲瑄), a native-Taiwanese baseball player who has always been known as an outfielder will undergo training to become a pitcher, the Texas Rangers announced Monday.

According to the latest news posted on the Rangers official site on Monday, the Texas team has signed the 26-year-old Taiwanese right-hander to a Minor League contract with the intent of turning him into a pitcher.

“Lin, who is from Taiwan, has played in nine games with the Red Sox in 2012, but was noted throughout his Minor League career for having an outstanding throwing arm,” it said.

“This is a similar experiment to the Rangers taking Alexi Ogando as an outfielder in the 2005 Minor League Rule 5 Draft and turning him into a pitcher.”

Originally from eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, Lin was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent in June 2007.

In 2008, Lin was selected for the annual All-Star Futures Game. He finished 2-for-2 and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

The Taiwanese player was first called up from the Minor League on April 14, 2012 and made his Major League debut that day as a defensive replacement in center field.

He is the first Taiwanese-born player to appear in a game for the Red Sox and the eighth Major Leaguer from Taiwan overall in Major League Baseball (MLB) history.

The Red Sox, however, announced on October, 2012 that Lin was designated for assignment to make room for right handed pitcher Sandy Rosario on the Sox's 40-man roster.

Lin signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Dec. 15, 2013.

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