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8/13 Scouting report: Jen-Ho Tseng

On Monday, the Cubs confirmed that they have signed 18-year-old Taiwanese right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng to a $1.625 million bonus. Tseng was ranked 29th on MLB.com’s list of top 30 international prospects. He was the youngest player named to the Chinese Taipei World Baseball Classic Roster. Tseng also was part of the 2012 World Junior Championship, and played in the 2012 Asian Baseball Championship for the national team for Chinese Taipe. His fastball has hit 95 mph.

Tseng was used as both a closer and a starter, and has an above average fastball, ranging from 89-96 mph, a real good slider in the mid to upper 80s. He also has an above average changeup, which is unique for a high school kid, and a very good curveball. The right-hander was a senior in high school when he pitched in the World Baseball Classic.

The Taiwan pro league started a draft this year in hopes of keeping players like Tseng from going to the U.S. Major Leagues. One scout told me: “This is a huge deal in Taiwan. Similar in its own right to a Kobe or Lebron signing out of high school. He is revered there. He is a wonderful kid, works hard and has a feel for pitching. I would say he is like getting an extra compensation round pick.”

The Cubs see Tseng as a starter. International scout Steve Wilson was instrumental in the signing.

– Carrie Muskat

7/10 Cubs close to deal with Tseng

The Cubs are close to a deal with teenage right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng from Taiwan, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Tseng, ranked No. 29 on MLB.com’s Top 30 List of international prospects is expected to command a bonus of at least $1.5 million. The Cubs would not confirm the report.

Tseng, 18, is a known commodity in the international baseball world and was being pursued by several teams, including the Twins. The teenager is known for his upright, quick delivery and a fastball that can reach 95 mph. Poised and aggressive, he also throws a curveball and slider.

He also has a history on the big stage. A member of the 2012 World Junior Championship, Tseng also played in the 2012 Asian Baseball Championship for the national team for Chinese Taipei. He was the youngest player named to the Chinese Taipei World Baseball Classic roster.

So far, the Cubs have committed $3,470,000 of their $5,520,300 bonus pool to four players: shortstop Gleyber Torres, the top player from Venezuela and third-ranked international prospect, for $1.7 million; and Colombia’s right-handed pitcher Erling Moreno, ranked No. 17, for $650,000. The club also signed right-handed pitcher Jefferson Mejia for $850,000 and added catching prospect Johan Matos for $270,000.

According to Sanchez, the Cubs have a $2.8 million agreement in place with outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, ranked no. 1, that put them $749,700 — or 13.6 percent — over their pool and into the penalty phase. Teams that exceed their pools by 10 to 15 percent are not allowed to sign a player for more than $500,000 during the 2014-2015 signing period and have to pay 100 percent tax on the pool overage.

In the most severe penalty, teams that exceed their pool by 15 percent or more are not allowed to sign a player for more than $250,000 during the next signing period and have to pay 100 percent tax on the pool overage. The Cubs can still acquire $1,315,600 in slot money because the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows teams to add up to 50 percent of the initial bonus pool, which in Chicago’s case was $4,557,200, but it won’t be enough money to keep them out of the most severe penalty.

Last week, the Cubs acquired four signing bonus slots — two from the Orioles and two from the Astros — in trades worth $963,000 on the first day of the international signing period.

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