Young prospects ink deals with Phillies

Young prospects ink deals with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies continued to stretch their international wings on Wednesday, signing four players from Brazil and one pitcher from Taiwan.

From Brazil, the Phillies signed two pitchers and two outfielders: right-handed pitchers Heitor Correa, 16, and Gilmar Pereira, 17; and outfielders Fabio Murakami, 17, and Bruno Doi, 17. The pitchers represented their country in international competition.

The Phillies also signed right-handed pitcher Lin Yen Feng from Taiwan. The 20-year-old pitched for the Taiwanese National team in high school, and is the fourth member of his team to sign professionally.

"We've seen him pitch a few times, and we feel he has a chance to be some type of end of the rotation or bullpen guy," said Marti Wolever, the team's director of scouting. We've seen him pitch a few times and finally sat down and made him an offer and got it all squared away."

Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. All five players will report to Clearwater, Fla., in March.

Lin is the son Mr. Lin Hsieh Wen, a longtime actor in Taiwan. He's appeared in films, as well as soap operas, and is a regular on talk shows.

Feng is enrolled at the Taiwan National Physical Education University in Linkou, about 30 miles south of Taipei. In his second year, he'll leave after the fall semester, then come to Florida.

If Feng realizes his dream, he would follow in the footsteps of Chin-hui Tsao and Chin-Feng Chen, members of the Rockies and Dodgers, respectively.

"We're trying to do things internationally," said Wolever. "We're pleased to expand our pool. [Feng] can touch 92 miles per hour. All the ingredients are there and he's 20 years old."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.