The Red Sox have added one of the top international amateur free agents available in advance of the July 2 signing period, getting 18-year-old shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin out of Taiwan for $2.05 million.
Lin is a 5’ 8", 155 pound shortstop with a left-handed bat. Badler notes that some scouts have projected Lin as an above-average hitter, capable of maintaining an average better than .300. While this may be the case, Lin isn’t expected to offer much in the way of power and some scouts are concerned with his size.
Badler says Lin is a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and calls him an average fielder with average arm strength. According to Badler, some scouts he’s spoken with have called Lin the equivalent of a second-round draft pick.