Full name is Tzu-Wei Lin (pronounced "ZOO-way"). He and his wife, Kai-Li Jhu, have a daughter, Shin-En Lin (born September 2017). Signed by Louie Lin, Jon Deeble, and Eddie Romero (Red Sox). Won tournament MVP honors after hitting .607 in 32 PA over 7 games for Taiwan at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
Made his ML debut with 25 games (15 starts) over 2 stints for the Red Sox, batting .268 (15-for-56) with a .369 OBP...Had never played above the Double-A level prior to his ML debut...Was 1 of 5 players-and the only position player-born in Taiwan to appear in a ML game in 2017. Became the 2nd Taiwan-born player to appear on a Red Sox ML roster, joining OF Che-Hsuan Lin, who played in 9 games for BOS in 2012. Appeared defensively for the Red Sox at 2B (10 G, 3 GS), 3B (9 G, 6 GS), and SS (6 G, 6 GS). In ML games he started, hit .306 (15-for-49) with a .404 OBP...Reached base in 12 of his 15 starts. Drew 9 BB in 66 ML plate appearances (7.33 PA/BB). Wore #73 for BOS before switching to #5 at the All-Star break. Also played 83 minor league games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .267 (80-for-300) with 14 2B, 4 3B, a career-high 7 HR, 28 RBI, and 10 SB. In the minors, made 46 starts at SS, 25 in CF, 5 at 2B, and 2 at 3B...Hit 7 HR after entering the season with 6 HR over his first 5 minor league seasons. Began the season with Portland and scored the game-winning run on Opening Day on 4/7 vs. Reading. Hit safely in 15 straight games with an AB from 4/10-5/3, batting .404 with a 1.167 OPS in those games (21-for-52, 4 2B, 3B, 3 HR). Homered in 3 of 4 games from 4/23-29. Through 5/23, was hitting .341 (28-for-82) with a .956 OPS in 27 games with Portland. Reached base 5 times, including 3 XBH, on 6/8 vs. Akron (2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB) ...Tied the game in the 8th inning with a 3-run HR. Went 7-for-10 with 4 XBH in his final 2 games with Portland (6/21-23), going 5-for-5 with a 2B and a 3B on 6/21 at Erie. Selected to the ML roster on 6/24 and made his debut that day vs. LAA as a pinch runner in the 9th inning. Appeared in the field for the first time on 6/25 vs. LAA, entering in the 8th inning at 3B. Made his 1st ML start on 6/26 vs. MIN (3B) and singled off José Berríos in his 1st PA...Became the 8th player-and 4th position player-born in Taiwan to record a hit in a ML game. Tripled in his 6th ML game on 6/29 vs. MIN and in his 8th game on 7/2 at TOR... Became the 1st Red Sox player with multiple triples within their first 8 ML games since Johnny Pesky in 1942. Reached base a career-high 4 times on 7/4 at TEX, going 3-for-4 with a BB... Also drove in his first 2 career runs and stole his first base. Through 10 ML games (6/24-7/4), was hitting .360/.429/.520 (9-for-25, 5 R, 2 3B, 3 BB). Recorded 3 hits 3 times in an 8-game span from 7/2-9. Optioned to Pawtucket following a doubleheader vs. the Yankees on 7/16... Tripled for his first Triple-A hit on 7/19 vs. Toledo...The following day, went 3-for-5 vs. Norfolk (2B, RBI). Recalled on 9/2 for his 2nd ML stint and spent the rest of the season with BOS...Went 1-for-3 that day at NYY.