Kane County Vs. Burlington May 3 2014
Tseng Pitching Line: 6 IP 8 HA 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 6 K
Jen-Ho Tseng had a good outing against Burlington but the stats aren't primary here. What came out of his hand is primary as the 19 year old Taiwanese pitcher showed some exciting stuff. He's 6'1 with a good, solid frame and I think he can add 10-15 good pounds as he ages. Tseng works with a high ¾ delivery with a deliberate motion. Arm action is good and the mechanics are polished. He's got some drop and drive to him.
Fastball It sat 90-94 and Tseng occasionally cranked it up to 95 a few times. It showed some interesting movement a few times as it looked like he rolled out a two seamer in a few at bats. He has a good idea of where it's going, he was able to move it around the zone and when he needed to hit the glove with it he did.
Curve Ball This is his whiff pitch. Tseng didn't have good command of it on May 3. When I saw him in Arizona he had a better idea of where it was going. It's a 10-4 offering that goes 72-75 MPH with good movement and snap when it's right. When he lost the feel for it Tseng leaves the pitch up or it gets extremely loopy. The command will need work but again, Tseng is 19 and that pitch is really nice to look at when it's snapping well. He made a Burlington hitters look silly with it.
Change Up The change is a feel pitch so I wasn't really expecting to see a good one from him today. He throws it around 82-85 and it flashed some fade. He left it up a few times and it got hit pretty well, he doesn't know where this one is going yet either. There's promise here though as his arm action with the changeup mirrored the fastball arm action very well and he threw 2-3 really good ones.
Overall Tseng lost some effictiveness as his outing when along and he started laboring in the 4th and 5th innings. Delivery became a little more high effort. Once it became clear he was coming out of the game soon he started airing it out at max effort and he got good results. Both the Fastball and the Curve are major league average pitches with a lot of good projection. The change is below average but there's projection there as well.
Tseng's command was spotty but all that will come with time. The arm slot is ideal for growth on his pitches and while C.J. Edwards is rightfully the top Cubs prospect right now but it would not surprise me at all if Tseng was the top dog by the end of the year.
Filed under: prospects