Last season, his family watched him pitch in the United States for the first time since signing with the Twins in 2012…he was optioned following his first stint before his family saw him pitch; however, was recalled the next day as Erasmo Ramirez was placed on the paternity list…his family was in attendance for his Tropicana Field debut on May 4 vs. MIA...Chih-Wei became the first Taiwan-born player in Rays history…he was the 12th in major league history, according to Baseball Reference…the only other player in major league history to share his surname is infielder Chin-lung Hu, who played five seasons with the Dodgers (2007- 10) and Mets (2011).... His favorite pitcher growing up was Félix Hernández.
Made 6 apps over six stints with the Rays, his first career major league action: April 23-May 2, May 4, May 30, June 10 (G2), Aug 24-27 and Sep 21 through the end of the season... Made his major league debut on April 24 at BAL…became the first Taiwan-born player in Rays history and the 12th in major league history, according to Baseball Reference.... On June 10 vs. OAK (G2), took his first career loss, replacing the injured Matt Andriese…his only run allowed was a solo homer to Josh Phegley, and his 4 IP and 5 SO both matched season highs for any Rays reliever in 2017... On Sep 28 at NYY, allowed a solo homer to Greg Bird, his first batter faced in the 4th inning, but recorded his first career win after the Rays 7-run 5th inning... Went 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA (61.2-IP, 21-ER) in 31 regular season apps (4 starts) with Triple-A Durham…was used exclusively out of the bullpen from May through the end of the season, aside from a spot start on Sep 2 at Gwinnett (G2)…went 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA (43.2-IP, 14-ER) in 27 apps as a reliever... Made a pair of scoreless apps in the IL postseason…allowed a run in his inning of work in the Triple-A National Championship Game against Memphis (Cardinals), a 5-3 Bulls win... Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 27 prospect in the Rays system following the season… the publication also tabbed him as having the Best Changeup in the organization for a second consecutive year.
Made 24 starts with Montgomery, where he spent the entire season aside from an April spot start with Triple-A Durham…totaled a career-high 25 starts, 147.1 IP and 114 SO...His 2.75 ERA (147.1-IP, 45-ER) between the two levels ranked 4th among Rays minor leaguers...Led the SL with a 2.59 ERA, ranked 3rd with a 1.15 WHIP, 5th with a .241 opp avg. and 8th with 107 SO...Named to the SL midseason and postseason All-Star teams...Yielded 1 run or fewer in each of his first 6 starts for Montgomery…had an 0.54 ERA (33.1- IP, 2-ER) through that stretch and entered the All-Star break with a 2.01 ERA (67-IP, 15-ER) through 12 starts...Allowed 4 ER in 4.2 IP in his only Triple-A start, April 23 (G2) at Norfolk (Orioles)...Pitched for the World team in the Futures Game in July at Petco Park…had a perfect 5th inning with strikeouts of Ryon Healy (Athletics) and Dominic Smith (Mets)...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the Rays organization following the season…also tabbed by the publication as having the Best Changeup in the system.