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Top Prospect Alert - Chin-Hui Tsao

By Robert Sherry

Chin-Hui Tsao: The latest foreign pitching prospect to make a big splash in this country. Tsao debuted this season at Ashville in the South Atlantic League where he went 11-8 with a 2.73 ERA, 119 hits allowed, 40 walks, and 187 strikeouts in 145 innings (24 starts). He showed a very good mid-90s fastball, slider, and changeup in his arsenal.

At 6-foot-1 and about 180 pounds, Tsao was pursued by several organizations including the likes of the Braves and Dodgers before signing with Colorado in 1999. Before the season started, he spent time taking English course at Northern Colorado in order to help him adjust to this drastic culture change.
 The question with Tsao is will he have a career similar to other foreign pitchers (Nomo, etc.) or will he be the one who  ecomes a dominate force for year's with the Rockies? It's going to be extra tough having to pitch in Coor's often but Tsao has the makeup and talent to be the best foreign picher to come to professional baseball in this country. if you think of the Dodgers' Park as the best of the group so far, I think Tsao could be better. Only Bobby Bradley was better this season in his
league, but I think you will see Tsao brought along slowly. Probably by late 2003 is when you could look for Tsao to make it the major's.


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