Tsung-Che Cheng: “He’s the type of guy who has an elite level of focus, an elite level of drive”

Tsung-Che Cheng is currently on the injured list in Bradenton with a minor injury.

"He slid into third and got a little banged up, so we’re just making sure that he’s 100 percent before we get him back in there," said Bradenton manager Jonathan Johnston.

The Pirates don't want to rush the 20-year-old Cheng back and risk a more serious injury. It makes a lot of sense to exercise caution with one of the best position players at the level.

Prior to his injury, Cheng had a .257/.327/.407 line in 140 at-bats, with two homers and a lot of extra base hits. I wrote for Baseball America this month about how he's finding some power from a small frame, relying on a quick bat that stays through the plane of the ball well.

Cheng has been inconsistent with his attack at the plate this year. ...

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redwards60

He has been a disappointment so far this season to me…I was expecting a lot more from him especially average wise. But he has done enough to still be a promising young player.

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