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Lyle Lin

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Lyle Lin
Name: Chia Cheng Lin
Born: Jun 26, 1997 in Taipei, Taiwan
College: Arizona State
High School: JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 14th round (422nd overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 (signed for $125,000)
A native of Taiwan, Lin played scholastically at JSerra High in Southern California with 2017 No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis. He was drafted in the 16th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2016, but instead chose to head to Arizona State. He's a draft-eligible sophomore who could go in the top 10 rounds this time around, although observers are mixed about whether Lin has the skills and athletic actions to stay behind the plate. He's a below-average defensive catcher, but he throws well and has an average, accurate arm. At the plate, Lin has good hands and is a contact hitter with a line-drive approach. Because of his approach--and his lack of balance at the plate--Lin has below-average power. The lack of pop means that he is going to have to improve defensively since he won't have enough bat for a move to first base. Lin may return to campus for another year if teams remain lukewarm on him in this year's draft.
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