Admired by Bobby Valentine for his defensive abilities and ridiculed by many for his lack of a presence at the plate, Che-Hsuan Lin's career has taken a completely new turn.
Lin, 26, is best remembered in Red Sox nation for making a few diving grabs in the field. In nine games for the Red Sox back in 2012, he recorded three hits in 12 at-bats, all of which were singles.
After being claimed off waivers and released by the Houston Astros, Lin signed a Minor League contract with the Texas Rangers and had high hopes for the 2013 season. He proved however that his bat alone was not enough for him to sustain a successful big league career so he made a big change.
This past season Lin took advantage of his strong throwing arm and converted to pitching full-time. Results were mixed for the Taiwanese outfielder turned pitcher who made 14 appearances in the Arizona League but he showed command. Allowing eight runs on 12 hits in 12.1 innings, Lin walked just three men while punching-out 14. The main problem for him was that he allowed a pair of home runs which hurt his numbers of course.
Right now it is tough to tell whether or not Lin will make it as a pitcher, but there is a chance. A recent success story of a position player becoming a pitcher is Sean Doolittle so there is hope.