The headline Cubs prospects are well known by now: Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora and Edwards just to name a few; but there is one prospect no one is talking about. He doesn’t hit 400-foot homeruns or throw 98 mile per hour heaters; he’s a 19-year-old Taiwanese pitcher, and his name is Jen-Ho Tseng.
With velocity between 89- 93, topping out at 95, he’s got plenty on his fastball to set up his other pitches and at only 19 years old, he’s got more growing to do. Despite being in the low 90’s, he misses a lot of bats. He has a great ability of adding and subtracting velocity, with good movement to a 2-seam fastball and one that rides in on left handed hitters. He has plus potential on his curveball but still has a tendency to hang it and lacks consistency burying a good curve ahead in the count. He has a “very good feel” for his changeup, not one with tons of movement but possess’ great velocity differential. His command, as previously noted, is also a plus.
In his first season as a pro, Tseng has turned in a remarkable season at Single A Kane County. In 14 starts, he has amassed a 6-1 record with 2.47 E.R.A and a strikeout to walk ratio of better than 6:1. With his success this season, a promotion to High A Daytona or even Double A Tennessee is not out of the question. The narrative around the Cubs organization has been they’re all bats and no arms, but with Kyle Hendricks‘ early success, Jake Arietta as a temporary Ace and C.J Edwards still in the pipeline, Tseng could be yet another pitching piece in the Cubs near future.
Source: Chicago Now