C. C. Lee

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C. C. Lee
Colorado Rockies
Born: (1986-10-21) October 21, 1986 (age 30)
Penghu, Taiwan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 14, 2013, for the Cleveland Indians
NPB: March 26, 2016, for the Saitama Seibu Lions
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1–1
Earned run average 4.50
Strikeouts 33
NPB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 6.48
Strikeouts 13
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Chinese Taipei
Intercontinental Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Taichung Team competition
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Team competition
C. C. Lee
Traditional Chinese 李振昌
Simplified Chinese 李振昌

Lee Chen-ch'ang, (Chinese: 李振昌; pinyin: Lǐ Zhènchāng; Wade–Giles: Li³ Chen⁴-Ch'ang¹; born October 21, 1986) is a Taiwanese professional baseball relief pitcher in the Colorado Rockies organization. He previously played for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball. Lee throws from a sidearm slot, and his fastball sits at 92–94 MPH and max out at 97 MPH.[1]


Lee began playing baseball while a student at National Pingtung Senior High School.[2] He competed for the Chinese Taipei national baseball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and had a 2.00 earned run average (ERA) and 11 strikeouts in two appearances. After appearing in the Olympics, the Cleveland Indians signed him as a free agent.[3]

After joining the Indians organization, Lee competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[4] He began his stateside professional career with the Kinston Indians in 2009, finishing the year with a 4–6 win-loss record and a 3.35 ERA in 45 appearances. He spent 2010 with the Akron Aeros, and had a 4–5 record and a 3.22 ERA in 44 games. The following year, Lee split the season between the Aeros and Columbus Clippers. With the Clippers, he had a 4–0 record and a 2.21 ERA in 25 appearances.[5]

Lee(pitcher) during his tenure with the Columbus Clippers, triple-A affiliates of the Cleveland Indians, in 2012

After five games with the Clippers in 2012 and 19 in 2013, Lee was called up by the Cleveland Indians from their Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers on July 12, 2013, and became the tenth Taiwanese player to play in the MLB.[6] In his debut on July 14, Lee pitched 1.1 innings in relief of Ubaldo Jimenez, allowing no hits and 1 walk. He was optioned back to Columbus on July 23 and finished the season there, ending it with a 2.37 ERA.[5] Lee started the 2014 season in Columbus, but was brought up to the majors and had several stints with the Indians during the 2014 season.[7]

After the 2015 season, the Indians sold Lee's contract to the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball.[8]

After the 2016 season, he signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies, that includes an invitation to 2017 spring training.[9]


  1. ^ Lastoria, Tony (July 18, 2013). "Getting to know your prospects: Chen-Chang Lee". FOX Sports Ohio. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lin, Hon-hai (12 October 2013). "Strong motivation key to Taiwanese pitcher's MLB success". Central News Agency. Retrieved 12 October 2013.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Indians sign RHP Chen-Chang Lee to Minor League free agent contract". Indians.MLB.com. September 16, 2008. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Axisa, Mike (12 July 2013). "The Indians are calling up a pitcher named C.C. Lee – seriously". CBS Sports. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "C.C. Lee Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ Massie, Jim (July 12, 2013). "Tribe calls up Lee; options Salazar". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Indians recall RHP CC Lee from AAA Columbus". Indians.MLB.com. August 7, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2015/11/cleveland_indians_add_5_player.html
  9. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/rockies-cc-lee-invited-to-rockies-camp/

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