It seems so long ago, but believe it or not Wei-Yin Chen used to be a member of the Chunichi Dragons. Chen, a native of Taiwan, took the (more uncommon that I initially thought) route of going to the NPB before coming stateside.
Chen was on several scouting radars during his high school years and was even offered opportunities to come to the MLB before he went to the Chunichi Dragons in 2004. Chen then spent the next seven years with the Dragons organization. He made his NPB ichi-gun debut in 2005 but his 2006 and 2007 seasons were lost due to injuries (Tommy John). Chen returned to action in 2008 and spent most of his time in the bullpen but he also made 14 starts and threw his first professional complete game on 9/22/2008. Chen was then inserted into the starting rotation for good in 2009. Chen went on to be a pretty reliable starter for the Dragons before eventually departing for the big leagues following the 2011 season.
As many of you know, Chen went on to join the Baltimore Orioles and became one of the many solid number 2/3 starters (the only type of pitcher the O's are allowed to have apparently). He eventually left Baltimore as a free agent following the 2015 season and has been with the Marlins since 2016.
Interestingly enough I saw a Dragons TV program in Japan where Chen spoke Japanese. It was clear, pretty fluent and I was really impressed. The same program also showed that Chen still keeps in touch with his old Dragons teammates (in the program he works out in Taiwan with Dragons pitcher Kazuki Yoshimi).
Anyway, this post is to announce that, yes, I am collecting Wei-Yin Chen. All of it, his O's and Marlins stuff too. Send them my way if you're tired of them taking up space.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).