The CTBC Brothers of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League are reportedly in talks with the former big leaguer. Sean Morimando (h/t to CPBL Stats) If the deal goes through, it would be Morimando’s third game with the Brothers, playing for the team through the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Morimando, 30, was selected by the Guardians in the 19th round of the 2011 draft and will make his debut in the 2016 season. However, he would not be able to secure a permanent role in Cleveland’s bullpen, instead spending the 2017 season with their Triple-A affiliate in Columbus before being released midway through the 2018 season, eventually joining Toronto on a minor league deal. The lefty will spend the remainder of the 2018 season and all of 2019 with Toronto’s Triple-A team in Buffalo before spending the 2020 season in Australia.
After the 2020 season, Morimando will return stateside, signing a minor league deal with the Marlins in February 2021 and eventually being promoted to the big league club in May for his first appearance at the Major League level since 2016. However, he struggled to a 9.58 ERA in 10 1/3 innings (four appearances) and missed several times during the season until late September. Morimando will spend the remainder of 2021 with CTBC Brothers and re-signed with the club at the end of the season.
The southpaw is off to a strong start in his second season with the Brothers, posting a 2.56 ERA in 91 1/3 innings (14 starts) with an 89:29 strikeout-to-walk ratio. However, the club released Morimando in July to allow him to find a chance with SSG Landers in South Korea. After joining Landers, Morimando continued his strong 2022 form, pitching 75 1/3 innings with a 1.67 ERA in baseball, albeit with a worse 67:23 strikeout ratio.
Although he has played parts of 12 seasons of baseball, Morimando only recently turned 30 and could eventually return to the majors if he performs well in the CPBL. For now, Morimando will likely find his way into the Friars’ starting rotation after their second straight win.