Chicago Cubs: Top 30 Prospects- No. 20 to No. 11
#17 Jen-Ho Tseng (RHP)
2015 Stats (Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
7-7, 3.55 ERA, 22 GS, 119 IP, 5 HR, 87 K
Tseng was signed by the Cubs in July of 2013 during the international signing period. Tseng signed for $1.625 million, fresh off dominating the 2012 18-and-under World Championships.
His first season in pro ball was in 2014 when he demonstrated the best pitch ability in the Cubs’ farm system. Tseng’s fastball comes in at 88-92 mph and peaks at 94.
He is able to locate his fastball on both sides of the plate, but it’s not his best pitch. A tight curveball and an advanced feel for his change-up make up his plus pitches. Tseng needs to build up his strength so he can maintain form throughout the entire year.
Tseng pitched for the Advanced A Pelicans last season and had some good success. He went 7-7 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 starts. He averages about one hit per inning but his 30 walks in 119 innings is a good thing.
Tseng is 21-years-old and only in his second year in pro ball. However, a strong 2016 season could see him crack the majors in late 2017.