Chao-Hao Tseng

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Chao-Hao Tseng (曾兆豪)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 187 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Chao-Hao Tseng has pitched in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Amateur Career[edit]

Tseng played for Taiwan in the 2001 Asian Championship, when they won the Gold Medal for their first outright Asian title in 14 years. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, he had a 1-1, 4.91 record. He was horrible in the 2002 World University Championship, going 0-1 with 6 hits and 5 runs in one inning. He starred in the 2002 Haarlem Baseball Week with a 2-0, 0.53 performance. He allowed the lowest OBP (.111) in the tournament and tied Kyle Sleeth and Eelco Jansen for the most wins in the competition. Tseng had a save and a 2.25 ERA in the 2003 World Port Tournament. In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, he tossed six shutout innings (two hits, no walks, four strikeouts). He did not pitch in the Bronze Medal game of the '03 World Cup, which Taiwan lost to Japan.

Pro Career[edit]

Tseng was the first overall pick of the 2003 CPBL draft, taken by the Chinatrust Whales. He went 2-2 with a save and a 2.43 ERA as a rookie reliever in 2004. He fell to 4-6, 4.78 in 2005. In 2006, the right-hander was excellent at 12-7, 2.51 and won the Most Improved Player Award. He was 6th in the league in ERA (between Wei-Lun Pan and Eric Cyr and tied for 7th in wins. In 2007, he faded to 4-3, 4.48 and he was atrocious in 2008 (0-1, 7.10, 43 H in 26 2/3 IP). He turned it around again, though, going 3-2 with a 1.72 ERA in 42 outings (2 starts) in 2009, now with the La New Bears after the Whales had folded in a gambling scandal.

The Taitung County native was a workhorse in 2010, setting a CPBL record with 70 games pitched (breaking the one-year old mark of 66 set by Chien-San Kao) while going 4-7 with two saves and a 2.67 ERA. He also set a new record for holds (25, breaking Matt Perisho's record of 23). He went to the Lamigo Monkeys in 2011 but was not as sharp (Sv, 3.13 in 22 G). In 2012, Tseng was 4-5 with a 5.05 ERA then turned in a fine start in game 2 of the 2012 Taiwan Series.

Tseng throws a slider, sinker, curveball, changeup, forkball and fastball (peak 91 mph).