CPBL Wei Chuan Dragons sign American pitcher Tim Melville

The Wei Chuan Dragons from Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) have signed former Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions American pitcher Tim Melville for the 2023 season, according to the Dragons on Wednesday.

Melville, who is coming back to the CPBL for his third season after playing for the Lions in 2020 and 2021, is expected to return to Taiwan in March, the Dragons said on social media, adding that he is familiar with life in the country and is expected to quickly integrate into the team.

Dragons general manager Ting Chung-wei (???), said a major consideration was Melville's familiarity with the CPBL and how he got along with his former teammates.

The 33-year-old American right-hander pitched for the Lions in the CPBL's 2020 season and started 10 games, posting a 2.93 ERA over 61.1 innings with four wins and three losses.

In 2021, he started 21 out of 26 appearances and pitched a 3.74 ERA over 122.2 innings with eight wins and seven losses.

Melville also played 13 games in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies from 2016-2019.

Melville is the fourth international pitcher the Dragons have signed for the 2023 season after re-signing Americans Drew Gagnon, Jake Brigham and Bryan Woodall.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel