The Orioles lefty—who is a Taiwan native signed out of Japan—may need an interpreter to speak to his coaches and the media, but his games needs no translation. In Chen’s first year in the majors, the starting pitcher threw 192 innings and struck out 154 batters. Though he lost momentum down the stretch, his ambition never wavered. “It doesn’t matter if you speak the language or not, his work ethic speaks for itself,”
Matt Wieters told MLB.com.
In fact, Chen spent the off-season in California training with Brady Anderson, muscling up and strengthening his bullpen sessions.