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Tsao Chin-Hui
Ht:  6-2	Wt:  178	B/T:  R/R
Age:  18 (turns 19 on June 2)
Born:  6/2/81 in Hua-Lien, Taiwan
Resides: Hua-Lien, Taiwan
School:  Kao-Yuan Technical High School
(Stats as of August 12, 2000)
PITCHER                   CLUB   W-L    ERA  IP   H  BB  SO
Tsao, Chin-hui            ASH   11- 7  2.45 136 107  37 174
All-Star Futures Game bio
Tsao is 8-5 with a 2.56 ERA this season. His 133 strikeouts lead the minor leagues. The 19-year-old Taiwan native started the June 20 All-Star Game for the Southern Division and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and two walks while striking out three.

Tsao, the first player from the Far East that the Rockies have ever signed, was sought after by the Yankees, Braves and Dodgers before signing for a Rockies' record bonus of $2.2 million. Lack of pitching in the organization and the Rockies' uniform color were key reasons he signed with the organization over the higher profile suitors.

The Taiwan native, who has an advanced feel for his craft, was 3-0 with 30 strikeouts in 23 innings without allowing a run in the Jr. World Championships last summer. He followed that with a one-hit, 15-strikeout shutout performance for the Asia World Cup team against Japan.

Tsao presently leads Minor League baseball in strikeouts with 149 as of July 26. You can check how he's doing here.

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