There are only three players from NPB in the league this year but they are a pretty significant trio. For the seventh straight season (all of the seasons since the league restarted in 2010-11 other than the first) the Saitama Seibu Lions are sending players to the Melbourne Aces. This year the players are Tomoya Mori, Kona Takahashi and Shunta Nakatsuka. Mori was the first pick of the Lions in the 2013 draft and was an All Star in 2015. He's one of the most promising young players in NPB. Takahashi was the Lions first pick in the 2014 draft and is one of the Lions top pitching prospects. Natatsuka was the Lions second round pick in the 2016 draft but since he was drafted out of college he's actually the oldest of the three players. Graveyard Baseball has some more details on the trio's background.
|2014 BBM Rookie Edition #010|
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There is one former or current KBO player in the league. Former Doosan Bear and NC Dino pitcher Chang-Sung Ko is with the Sydney Blue Sox. Ko was with Doosan from 2008-12 and NC from 2013-15 but I'm not sure where he's been the past two seasons - I think he was still with the Dinos but just in the minors but I don't know that for sure.
|2014 Super Star Baseball Season Two #SBC02-094|
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The final Taiwanese player in the ABL this season is 40 year old Tai-San Chang of the Adelaide Bite. Chang is the career hit and home run leader for the CPBL. He played for the Wei Chuan Dragons from 1996-1999, the Sinon Bulls from 2000-10 and the Uni-President 7-11 Lions from 2010-15. He spent 2016 with the Tokushima Indigo Socks of the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan but I'm not sure he played anywhere during 2017. He was a member of the Chinese Taipei national team for the Olympic in 2004 and 2008 and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.