Chicago Cubs: Is this guy a AAAA arm or something more?
Jen-Ho Tseng has been the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year not once, but twice. One of those instances came last year. Do remember how excited we were for him to make his Major League debut in a start at Wrigley Field late last year? Do you remember how badly it went for him? If you don’t – he allowed five earned runs in six innings. Well that’s how most things have gone for him since.
You might not remember, but Tseng made a second start earlier this season. That one was even worse. Three earned in a mere two innings. At Triple-A, Tseng has a 6.35 ERA. He just doesn’t seem to be the same pitcher he was last year. That’s the reason the Cubs have turned to Farrell, Underwood, Mills and even Chatwood when they have needed spot starts this season instead of Tseng.
However, he is just 23 years old. He is already on the 40-man roster. Perhaps if the Cubs call him up in September and he gets lucky and pitches well out of the bullpen a time or two, that might help him turn things around for next season. Just being in the Major Leagues can have a positive effect on young players. So despite how bad his season has gone, Tseng will get called up this September. He probably won’t pitch much. But he should at least get to work on his bullpen dance moves.