Tsung-Che Cheng

TSUNG-CHE CHENG, SHORTSTOP
Born: July 26, 2001
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 154
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Taiwan
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Cheng is a toolsy shortstop, with good hitting ability and speed, and a plus arm.  He also has a little more power than you’d expect for his size.  He has good hands and an adequate arm, and doesn’t make many errors.  He may not, though, have the range for short.

2020
DNP

2021
R:  311/449/492, 122 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 30 BB, 14 K, 16-22 SB

Cheng was out at the beginning of the season after being hit in the face by a pitch in camp.  He got into action a couple weeks into the season and had a strong debut.  His approach at the plate is obviously very advanced and he has some power, although he doesn’t offer a great deal of projection.  He also runs well.  In the field, Cheng split his time evenly among second, third and short, and handled all three positions well.

2022
A:  270/376/418, 385 AB, 25 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, 63 BB, 95 K, 33-39 SB

Cheng spent the full season at Bradenton, playing mostly at short.  His hitting was up and down, with slumps in May and July.  In August, he got blistering hot, batting 389/517/611.  Cheng did an excellent job throughout of working the count, leading to a good BB:K ratio.  He had trouble with LHPs, posting just a .550 OPS against them, compared to .856 against RHPs.  He was second in the league in steals, while playing most of the season at age 20.

Cheng should be in Greensboro in 2023.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $380,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.