Cubs Sign RHP Jen-Ho Tseng

According to a report from Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs have signed Taiwanese RHP Jen-Ho Tseng for $1.625 million. The Cubs were reportedly close to a deal  with the 18-year old on July 10. As expected, the Cubs have finalized the deal and added more international talent to the system.

Jen-Ho Tseng is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds and was ranked as the 29th best international prospect by

Jen-Ho Tseng is “known for his upright, quick delivery and a fastball that has reached 95 mph.” Tseng reportedly has a good feel for his secondary pitches that includes a curveball and slider. Tseng’s fastball sits in the low-90s and his large frame bodes well for his durability.

The Cubs have committed a lot of money to signing international players since the 2013-14 signing period began on July 2.

The Cubs have signed shortstop Gleyber Torres ($1.7 million), RHPJefferson Mejia ($850,000), RHP Erling Moreno ($650,000) and catcher Yohan Matos ($270,000). The original signing bonus for Erling Moreno was reported incorrectly at $800,000, the Cubs signed him for $650,000.

The Cubs have committed $5.1 million of their $5.5 international pool money to this point. The Cubs are expected to announce the signing of OF Eloy Jimenez for $2.8 million on August 1 at a press conference in the Dominican Republic.

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  • cubtex

    Why not?

    • Tony_Hall

      29th best Int’l prospect to go along with all the rest. If this was an Int’l draft we would have maybe gotten 2 of these guys so far. All for less than the price of a 1/2 season of Michael Bourn.

      • cubtex

        What would the 29th best international prospect rank in a mlb draft? 3rd round or 4th round pick? Is that too high?

        • Tony_Hall

          I really don’t know, but with getting 6 or 7 that ranked in the 1st or 2nd rounds (if there was a draft) that is pretty good.

          • Dorasaga

            This guy is raw. He’ s out of highschool. Had a good career since he was 12, been on intl tourney, which means his arm is overused.

            Tseng has the heat, been consistent at 92-3mph since he was 16. But he’s a reliever in the making.

            He would be, Cubtex was right, a 3rd rounder. I just can’t rationalize the Cubs Think to sign such guy for 1.65 M.

          • cubtex

            That is what I was thinking Dorasaga. Thanks for your input. Seems like a lot of money to me for a 3rd or 4th round type of player.

      • mutantbeast

        TheoJed has done a nice job of rebuilding the farm. Now its time to see if these kids can turn potential into reality.

        • J Daniel

          EXACTLY! Have stated before … they have a plan, may or may not work, but they have a plan and are executing it.

      • Shawon O’Meter

        This is exactly right and why I LOVE what Team Theo is doing. Well said Tony. It’s so great that in 40 years of being a Cubs fan we actually have a coherent plan.

  • Tom U

    Tseng will join a group of very young pitchers now a the rookie level, including:

    Carlos Rodriguez (17, lefty)
    Erik Leal (18)
    Alex Santana (19)
    Anthony Prieto (19)
    Dave Villegas (20,lefty)
    Luis Villalba (20, lefty)
    Daury Torrez (20)
    Ethan Elias (20)
    David Garner (20)

    Mejia and Moreno are expected to start in either the DSL or VSL.

    • mutantbeast

      I believe Leal and Torrez are already in the AZ summer league.

      • Tom U

        They all are.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Neil or Tom,
    Where do the super-young prospects play early on? Would it be a Dominican league so they are close to home, or do they actually come to the states and join the low-A team, etc…?

    Thinking specifically about the 16-17 year old kids we sign…curious what the development path looks like for them. Thanks!

    • Tom U

      In the past, Asian prospect were brought to the complex in Arizona and used sparingly until they showed they were ready for more.

      Caribbean prospects usually go to the Dominican Academy. They then split up between the DSL and the VSL.

      • Dorasaga

        Which is kind of a BS, because highschoolers from Taiwan, Japan, and Korea pitched in intl tourneys and had big-stage performance to show. They’ve been abused and conditioned to handle pressure.

    • Dorasaga

      See my reply to Tom U above. It’s my opinion that if a pitcher was paid 1.625 million USD, and he had the track record, then he’s prepared. He should be proving that he can handle more than a training complex in the middle of nowhere (desert). He should be the main course on a promising roster, not the side dish.

  • mutantbeast

    Where might Tseng be starting at? Boise?

    • Tom U

      Too advanced right now, AZL to start

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  • SirGladiator

    I agree that it’s absurd to treat a veteran like a rookie, this guy is a veteran, he’s not an American veteran, but he’s a baseball veteran. He should at least be sent to single A, if not higher.

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