Winter Leagues: Tsung-Che Cheng is Off to a Quick Start in Puerto Rico

Slow day around winter ball, as the leagues in Colombia and the Dominican were off, plus there are no more Pittsburgh Pirates playing in Venezuela, and the Sydney Blue Sox (aka Pirates south) don’t start their three-day weekend of games until today. We still have some action from Puerto Rico, as well as two players from Mexico. Here’s the recap.

In Puerto Rico, Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a triple, two runs, two RBIs, a walk and his first stolen base. The 21-year-old shortstop has a .313 average and a .921 OPS in five games.

Will Matthiessen made his first start (as the DH) and he went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Newly-acquired Josh Palacios went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He has a .167 average and a .489 OPS in five games.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s hitting .248 with a .648 OPS in 44 games.

Denny Roman retired all three batters he faced in his one inning of work, picking up one strikeout. He has thrown 6.2 scoreless innings over nine appearances.

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Cheng will always be triple Z to me.

Wilbur Miller

Cheng is one of those guys you don’t see much in the low minors these days who always looks like he knows what he’s doing at the plate.


I hope Cheng and Temarr are in Greensboro together, they both appear to have advanced approaches at the plate. Kinda funny they’re about the same size.

Wilbur Miller

I really think they’ll move Termarr up. If he’s anywhere close to what the scouts say, the whole one-level-a-year thing shouldn’t be at all applicable.



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