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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 23)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
30.3 4.98 1.38 27 2 2 0 0.0
Birth Date10-3-1994
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age23 years, 4 months, 21 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2014
2015
2016
-0.02017
0.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2017 CHN MLB 2 1 6.0 1 0 0 5 2 8 2 .259 99 7.5 3.0 3.0 12.0 33% .231 .289 1.17 6.34 7.50 108 5.82 123.9 -0.0
CareerMLB216.01005282.259997.53.03.012.033%.231.2891.176.347.501085.82123.9-0.0

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2012 TPE int 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000 0.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 .000 1.00 2.81 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 TPE int 2 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 .000 9.0 18.0 9.0 9.0 0% .000 .000 3.00 20.63 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 TPE int 2 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 .000 9.0 18.0 9.0 9.0 0% .000 .000 3.00 20.63 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 KNC A 19 17 105.0 6 1 0 76 15 85 7 .262 98 6.5 1.3 0.6 7.3 48% .239 .205 0.87 3.27 2.40 86 2.83 92.2
2015 MYR A+ 22 22 119.0 7 7 0 115 30 87 5 .253 96 8.7 2.3 0.4 6.6 39% .301 .255 1.22 3.29 3.55 103 3.75 100.8
2016 TEN AA 22 22 113.3 6 8 0 138 32 69 12 .261 98 11.0 2.5 1.0 5.5 49% .327 .309 1.50 4.42 4.29 106 4.99 109.2
2017 CHN MLB 2 1 6.0 1 0 0 5 2 8 2 .259 99 7.5 3.0 3.0 12.0 33% .231 .289 1.17 6.34 7.50 108 5.82 123.9
2017 TEN AA 15 15 90.3 7 3 0 79 24 83 7 .255 97 7.9 2.4 0.7 8.3 41% .281 .243 1.14 3.27 2.99 88 3.88 95.2
2017 IOW AAA 9 9 55.0 6 1 0 48 14 39 5 .263 98 7.9 2.3 0.8 6.4 55% .264 .225 1.13 4.24 1.80 93 3.09 59.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2017 106 0.4434 0.4434 0.7447 0.6383 0.2881 0.8667 0.5294 0.2553
Career1060.44340.44340.74470.63830.28810.86670.52940.2553

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-10 2014-06-09 Minors 30 0 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 19 d1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 9/13/17.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent from Taiwan 8/12/13. $1.625M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 1.8 1.4 0 22 2 44.4 38 14 40 6 .259 1.15 3.87 3.89 3.7 0.4
80o 1.7 1.5 0 22 2 39.4 36 13 35 6 .271 1.23 4.24 4.28 2.5 0.3
70o 1.7 1.5 0 22 2 35.8 34 12 32 6 .280 1.28 4.52 4.56 1.6 0.2
60o 1.7 1.5 0 22 2 32.9 32 12 29 5 .287 1.33 4.75 4.81 0.9 0.1
50o 1.7 1.6 0 22 2 30.2 31 11 27 5 .294 1.38 4.98 5.04 0.2 0.0
40o 1.6 1.6 0 22 2 27.6 29 10 25 5 .301 1.42 5.22 5.28 -0.6 -0.1
30o 1.6 1.6 0 22 2 24.8 27 10 22 5 .308 1.48 5.46 5.53 -1.4 -0.1
20o 1.6 1.7 0 22 2 21.6 24 9 19 4 .317 1.54 5.75 5.83 -2.3 -0.2
10o 1.5 1.8 0 22 2 17.4 21 7 16 4 .329 1.63 6.17 6.26 -3.6 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.71.6022229.83011275.2921.374.965.020.20.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20192481002828173165551583043.3031.274.845.338.62.98.21.60.5
2020257902424143136461302443.3021.274.785.268.52.98.21.50.5
2021267902525147139441342443.3031.254.695.168.52.78.21.50.6
2022276802121124117381142143.3031.254.755.238.52.88.31.50.5
202328570181810510134971843.3051.294.865.358.72.98.31.50.3
2024295702020115108361072043.3021.254.735.218.52.88.41.60.4
2025305702020115109351071943.3041.254.665.138.52.78.31.50.5
2026315701818108103331011843.3041.264.685.158.62.78.41.50.5
20273256017171019631941743.3041.264.715.188.62.88.41.50.4

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Jen-Ho Tseng put himself on the map with a dominant 2014, but has struggled since to make best use of his below-average stuff. Without a truly dominant pitch, he’ll have little room for error as he navigates the upper reaches of the minor leagues.
2016 Jen-Ho Tseng has a solid fastball, solid curve, solid changeup and solid command. This translates to a future as a gelatinous no. 4 starter.
2015 Part of the Cubs' huge international haul in 2013, Tseng was aggressively assigned to Kane County in his first professional season. The Cubs were rewarded for their faith, as the 19-year-old proved to be a steady presence, earning the organization's minor league pitcher of the year award. Tseng earns praise from talent evaluators for his polish, but lacks the projection to be a top-tier prospect. The feeling is "what you see is what you get," which is not an insult so much as a statement of reality. Tseng got the benefit of facing advanced talent at a young age as a member of Taiwan's World Baseball Classic squad. It has proven useful stateside, as his mound presence and confidence frequently impressed observers. Tseng works primarily with a low-90s fastball, a strong changeup and a plus curveball, all of which he commands quite well. He belongs in the argument for the best pitching prospect in the system, but that says as much about the distribution of Baby Cub talent as it does about Tseng: He projects as a mid-rotation contributor.
2014 When hes right, sturdy Taiwanese teen Jen-Ho Tseng looks like a future star, with mid-90s heat and prodigious command of his four-pitch mix; recent struggles have lowered his scouting profile, but the Cubs just bet $1.625 million they can help Jen-Ho get back to where he once belonged.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jen-Ho Tseng have any fantasy impact or is his ceiling not high enough? He's been solid but should I look for more?
(RDBL2014 from Burlingame)
In a deep league, he's a reasonable hold. But otherwise not enough ceiling for me. (Bret Sayre)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Just got offered the following in a dynasty league for Edwin Encarnacion: Greg Polanco, Miguel Sano, Jen-Ho Tseng, Michael Feliz/Chi Chi Gonzalez. Enough value coming back or should IU be looking for a different return?
(JaceP from Nevada)
That's fair if you can take the power hit this year. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your favorite fantasy prospect that didn't make his team's BP top ten?
(Tom from Philly)
Jen-Ho Tseng without a doubt. There's not much projection there as his body is pretty maxed out and the profile is that of a safe 4 starter but I love watching that guy pitch. Moves the mitt around has a nice change he's a solid dude. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)BA left Jen-Ho Tseng off their top 20 MWL prospects. Where do you stand on Tseng?
(MKPJ from Chicago)
I think he's pretty handily in the top 20 MWL prospects. I like him quite a bit, but understand some of the red flags. I do believe he has a shot to be a #4 starter; the polish is impressive, and I like the stuff. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any observations or reports on Jen-Ho Tseng? Jukebox:Misfits "Where Eagles Dare".
(MKPJ from chicago)
I haven't seen him yet, so will have to pass that one on to the BP Prospect crew for now.

Dig the jukebox. If I ran with a list of all Misfits, then I would have a song for every question that I answered ... at least until "Come Back" hit on shuffle. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously you've seen Kane County a bunch this year. Is Underwood's stock close to Tseng's? Or is it much closer to Blackburn and Torrez at this stage?
(David from Malibu)
Let's talk pitching a bit.

Underwood has a higher ceiling than Tseng, the curveball has better snap and has potential to be special, but Tseng has a more polished profile and a higher ceiling. Underwood belongs in the C.J. Edwards, Jen-Ho Tseng, Pierce Johnson level, Blackburn and Torrez are in the tier below for me. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the current and former KC Cougar starting pitchers - Jen-Ho Tseng, Paul Blackburn, Daury Torrez, Duane Underwood and Juan Paniagua (no need to ask about Tyler Skulina as I know he'd be at the bottom of your list)?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Tseng, Underwood, Blackburn, Torrez, Paniagua, Skulina (yeah I don't like Tyler much) (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood: Which intriguing Cubs low-A pitcher do you prefer?
(msquared from usa)
Tseng right now, but I can see Underwood growing up and taking over that spot in my heart. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you grade Jen-Ho Tseng's pitches and command/control profile for the present and future?
(Jake from Chicago)
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=81 (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen you talk quite a bit about Jen-Ho Tseng. Could you talk about the rest of Kane County's intriguing rotation, including the recently promoted Juan Paniagua?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Juan Paniagua was about 5 years too old for the MWL. He's got a fringy (at best) SL, and potentially an avg CH. Saw him up to 97. It's a lot of effort, and a reliever profile, but there was no reason for a mid 20s guy to be in Kane when he's throwing like that.

Blackburn- back of rotation command and control guy
Skulina- velo dip. non prospect. a lot of arm lag

Have seen KC about 12x, and keep missing Torrez. Hope to see him soon. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Why isnt Jen-ho Tseng getting more love? he is putting together a great year and when I went to go see him he dominated
(Taco from Taco)
Apparently you don't follow me on twitter. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jen-Ho Tseng always going to be an injury liablity, or do you think the shoulder has been a fluke? What's his ceiling in your mind?
(Steve from Chicago)
Shoulder's are never good, and pitchers break. Don't think any pitcher injuries are flukes. #3 starter upside. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jen-Ho Tseng a Top 100 prospect at this point? With all the talk recently of Cubs' hitting prospects, is sure seems like Tseng is a forgotten man.
(Jonathan from Syracuse, NY)
I certainly liked what I saw from him this spring, and I've heard good things out of the Midwest League this year, but he's not a Top 100 guy for me yet, and I don't anticipate he will seriously enter the conversation this winter. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Better long-term ceiling: Ben Lively, Aaron Blair, or Jen-Ho Tseng?
(Steve from Philly)
I would take Tseng. I dig it. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Outside of the big 4 + Alcantara, who impressed you the most from the Cubs back field scouting?
(Scott from Lincolnshire)
Jen-Ho Tseng. I really liked the profile. The FB showed plus velocity and life; the CB was tight and thrown for strikes. Advanced pitchability. Based on what I saw in camp, I would put him in the Cubs top ten. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is C.J. Edwards still the Cubs best pitching prospect or is Jen-Ho Tseng higher now?
(Steve from Peoria, IL)
Edwards is the better prospect (Jason Parks)


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