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 MLB.com.
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.