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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 22)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
102.0 5.21 1.39 52 6 7 0 -0.5
Birth Date10-3-1994
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age22 years, 6 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
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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

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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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 3.28 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 4.43 4.29 106 4.99 109.2
2017 TEN AA 4 4 22.0 2 0 0 17 4 14 2 .245 99 7.0 1.6 0.8 5.7 37% .231 .222 0.95 3.53 2.45 0 0.00 0.0

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

Injury History  —  No longer being updated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 -

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2017 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 7.8 6.4 0 22 22 114.7 106 35 54 15 .244 1.23 4.31 4.66 6.3 0.7
80o 7.1 6.4 0 20 20 107.7 106 35 51 15 .256 1.31 4.69 5.07 1.2 0.1
70o 6.6 6.4 0 19 19 102.7 106 35 48 15 .265 1.38 4.96 5.37 -2.1 -0.2
60o 6.1 6.3 0 19 19 98.6 106 35 47 15 .273 1.44 5.20 5.64 -4.8 -0.5
50o 5.8 6.3 0 18 18 94.8 106 35 45 15 .281 1.49 5.43 5.89 -7.1 -0.8
40o 5.4 6.3 0 17 17 91.1 106 35 43 15 .288 1.55 5.66 6.14 -9.2 -1.0
30o 5 6.2 0 16 16 87.2 105 35 41 15 .296 1.61 5.91 6.42 -11.4 -1.2
20o 4.6 6.2 0 16 16 82.7 104 35 39 15 .306 1.68 6.20 6.75 -13.7 -1.5
10o 4 6.1 0 14 14 76.7 103 34 36 15 .319 1.79 6.63 7.22 -16.5 -1.8
Weighted Mean5.86.30181894.5105354515.2791.485.405.86-6.8-0.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 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
20182371102727162162821342639.3101.515.256.019.04.67.41.4-0.7
20192471102626157150821402339.3071.485.095.828.64.78.01.3-0.4
202025580181810710854891839.3111.525.356.129.14.67.51.5-0.6
2021265601616969648881539.3201.505.045.769.04.58.21.4-0.2
202227570191911010349951639.2981.384.755.438.44.07.81.30.2
2024293601414829841671739.3411.705.806.6310.84.57.41.9-0.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 92)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 97 Deolis Guerra 2011 0.00 DNP
2 97 Zeke Spruill 2012 0.00 DNP
3 97 Jose Urena 2014 0.00 DNP
4 96 Matt Heidenreich 2013 0.00 DNP
5 96 Chase DeJong 2016 0.00 DNP
6 95 Scott Diamond 2009 0.00 DNP
7 95 Trey McNutt 2012 0.00 DNP
8 95 Brett Marshall 2012 0.00 DNP
9 95 Kyle Ryan 2014 2.61
10 95 Aliangel Lopez 2016 0.00 DNP
11 95 Paul Blackburn 2016 0.00 DNP
12 94 Miguel Sulbaran 2016 0.00 DNP
13 94 Anthony Banda 2016 0.00 DNP
14 94 Felix Doubront 2010 5.76
15 94 Tyler Herron 2009 0.00 DNP
16 94 Wilfredo Boscan 2012 0.00 DNP
17 94 Ian Krol 2013 3.95
18 94 Alex Cobb 2010 0.00 DNP
19 93 Matt Harrison 2008 6.13
20 93 Justin Nicolino 2014 0.00 DNP
21 93 Nicholas Struck 2012 0.00 DNP
22 93 Robert Gsellman 2016 2.56
23 93 Kyle Lobstein 2012 0.00 DNP
24 93 Daniel Corcino 2013 0.00 DNP
25 93 Zach Eflin 2016 5.97
26 93 Luis Cruz 2013 0.00 DNP
27 93 Jon Moscot 2014 0.00 DNP
28 93 Ryan Webb 2008 0.00 DNP
29 93 Evan Anundsen 2010 0.00 DNP
30 93 Keury Mella 2016 0.00 DNP
31 93 Jon Kibler 2009 0.00 DNP
32 93 Jorge Bucardo 2012 0.00 DNP
33 93 J.C. Sulbaran 2012 0.00 DNP
34 92 Robert Bundy 2012 0.00 DNP
35 92 Brady Lail 2016 0.00 DNP
36 92 Rudy Owens 2010 0.00 DNP
37 92 Tommy Mendoza 2010 0.00 DNP
38 92 Severino Gonzalez 2015 7.92
39 92 Joe Ross 2015 3.87
40 92 Eduardo Rodriguez 2015 4.07
41 92 Ben Snyder 2008 0.00 DNP
42 92 Trevor Bell 2009 11.07
43 92 Anthony Swarzak 2008 0.00 DNP
44 92 Scott Barnes 2010 0.00 DNP
45 92 Dylan Owen 2009 0.00 DNP
46 92 C.J. Riefenhauser 2012 0.00 DNP
47 92 Raul Alcantara 2015 0.00 DNP
48 92 Greg Reynolds 2008 8.42
49 92 Edgar Osuna 2010 0.00 DNP
50 92 Matt Lollis 2013 0.00 DNP
51 92 J.C. Ramirez 2011 0.00 DNP
52 92 Garrett Gould 2014 0.00 DNP
53 91 Jayson Aquino 2015 0.00 DNP
54 91 Stephen Landazuri 2014 0.00 DNP
55 91 Manuel Rivera 2012 0.00 DNP
56 91 Giovanni Soto 2013 0.00 DNP
57 91 Chris Archer 2011 0.00 DNP
58 91 Robert Whalen 2016 7.30
59 91 Matt Anderson 2014 0.00 DNP
60 91 Edwin Escobar 2014 4.50
61 91 Enny Romero 2013 0.00
62 91 Jeremy Jeffress 2010 3.60
63 91 Rubby De La Rosa 2011 3.86
64 90 Luke Jackson 2014 0.00 DNP
65 90 Colin Kleven 2013 0.00 DNP
66 90 Casey Kelly 2012 7.14
67 90 Jordan Walden 2010 2.35
68 90 Teddy Stankiewicz 2016 0.00 DNP
69 90 Jackson Stephens 2016 0.00 DNP
70 90 Jose Ortegano 2010 0.00 DNP
71 90 Michael Fulmer 2015 0.00 DNP
72 90 Tim Alderson 2011 0.00 DNP
73 90 Carlos Quevedo 2012 0.00 DNP
74 90 Miguel Almonte 2015 6.23
75 90 Luis Lugo 2016 0.00 DNP
76 90 Kyle Waldrop 2008 0.00 DNP
77 90 Steve Garrison 2009 0.00 DNP
78 90 Matt Magill 2012 0.00 DNP
79 90 Michael O'Brien 2012 0.00 DNP
80 90 Ryan Berry 2011 0.00 DNP
81 90 Nick Barnese 2011 0.00 DNP
82 90 Wade Davis 2008 0.00 DNP
83 90 Jeurys Familia 2012 5.84
84 90 Zack Wheeler 2012 0.00 DNP
85 90 Kevin Eichhorn 2012 0.00 DNP
86 90 Anthony Ranaudo 2012 0.00 DNP
87 90 Andres Santiago 2012 0.00 DNP
88 90 Collin Balester 2008 5.96
89 90 Sean Watson 2008 0.00 DNP
90 89 Todd Redmond 2007 0.00 DNP
91 89 Shane Dawson 2016 0.00 DNP
92 89 Derek Holland 2009 6.38
93 89 Rafael Montero 2013 0.00 DNP
94 89 Yohan Almonte 2012 0.00 DNP
95 89 Ronald Bay 2006 0.00 DNP
96 89 Danny Duffy 2011 5.64
97 89 Kelvin De La Cruz 2011 0.00 DNP
98 89 Trevor Miller 2013 0.00 DNP
99 89 Luis Marte 2009 0.00 DNP
100 89 Wes Roemer 2009 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
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.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: June 10, 2016Will Haines2016-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: May 20, 2016Will Haines2016-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 21stMark Anderson2016-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessWho to Watch: Southern LeagueMark Anderson2016-04-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 5thJeff Moore2015-08-06
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 9thJeff Moore2015-07-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 12-14, 2015Jeff Moore2015-06-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 1, 2015Mauricio Rubio2015-06-02
Raw Projection: Ep. 01 - Short Anthems, Short GamesCJ Wittmann2015-05-05
Raw Projection: Ep. 01 - Short Anthems, Short GamesMauricio Rubio2015-05-05
Raw Projection: Ep. 01 - Short Anthems, Short GamesTucker Blair2015-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 14, 2015Jeff Moore2015-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessLeague Preview Series: Carolina LeagueJordan Gorosh2015-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10Jeff Moore2014-09-11
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 3rdJeff Moore2014-09-04
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 12Jeff Moore2014-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 30Jeff Moore2014-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of July 11-13Jeff Moore2014-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 9Jeff Moore2014-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason PreviewKen Funck2014-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason PreviewHarry Pavlidis2014-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/17Jason Parks2014-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/17BP Prospect Staff2014-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 27, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-27


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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