Jen-Ho Tseng

Position: RHP
Born: 10/03/94
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
B/T: L/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Taiwan) on July 25, 2013 (CHC).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
13-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 24 starts between Tennessee (Double-A) and Iowa (Triple-A), striking out 122 and walking 38 in 145 1/3 innings while allowing 127 hits for a .233 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Iowa on September 13 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/14/17

Debut Details
September 14, in a 14-6 win against the Mets. The starting pitcher, he did not get the decision, allowing five runs on five hits in three innings and walking one while striking out six. Of 70 pitches thrown, 45 were for strikes. In the first, he walked Jose Reyes who promptly stole second and then Brandon Nimmo reached on a defensive error by Tseng, allowing Reyes to move to third. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Reyes. The next batter, Dominic Smith, was hit by a pitch before Travis d'Arnaud and Norichika Aoki both struck out swinging to end that threat. In the second, Amed Rosario singled to right and stole second. Though Juan Lagares and Seth Lugo followed by both striking out swinging, Reyes' singled in Rosario and then scored on an RBI double to left by Nimmo, who moved to third on the throw home. Cabrera then grounded out to second. In the third, Smith led things off with a home run to right and d'Arnaud followed with a home run to center. Aoki then grounded out to shortstop and Rosario and Lagares both struck out looking to end the inning and an eventful debut for Tseng.

Player Notes
The Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2017 (an honor he also reaped in 2014), Tseng has posted a career 3.17 ERA in four pro seasons since signing out of Taiwan. With that experience in his home country behind him, he made his stateside debut in the full-season Midwest League (Class A) in 2014, going 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 19 games at Kane County and striking ou 85 batters while walking 15 in 105 innings, scattering 76 hits for a .204 BAA. In 2015, he moved up to Myrtle Beach (High A) and was 7-7 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 starts, striking out 87 in 119 innings while walking 30. At Tennessee (Double-A)  in 2016, he struggled a bit, allowing a .308 BAA with 138 hits in 113 1/3 innings, despite a perfectly respectable 4.29 ERA in 22 starts. A return to Tennessee to start 2017 was the right call and he made the most of it, finishing the summer in Chicago.