Chun-Jen Cheng

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Chun-Jen Cheng (鄭鈞仁)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 209 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chun-Jen Cheng played in the CPBL.

Cheng was drafted by the Uni-President Lions in the eighth round of the 2017 CPBL Draft, and he spent his first seasons in the minor leagues. He debuted in 2018, but he struggled and allowed 13 runs in 7 1/3 innings. He still struggled in 2019 as his ERA was 9.00, and he only had 19 appearances. Cheng finally broke out in 2020 and became the setup man of the Lions. He had a league-leading 63 appearances, and collected 17 holds with a 4.18 ERA. In the opener of the 2020 Taiwan Series, he relieved Cheng-Feng Chiang and struck out the side against Chia-Chu Chen, Wei-Chen Wang and Chih-Fang Pan. He retired Wei-Ta Su, then walked Ssu-Chi Chou and Chun-Yen Huang replaced him. Cheng notched a hold, and the Lions won over the CTBC Brothers by Wu-Hsiung Pan's clutch 3-run home run in extra innings. He also pitched a shutout inning in Game 4, and won his first Taiwan Series title as the Lions beat the Brothers in 7 games. He won the CPBL Most Improved Player Award.

The Taichung native extended his solid performance in 2021, when he recorded a 3.46 ERA in 57 games and collected 22 holds. He was 3rd in appearances (1 behind Hung-Cheng Lai and Junichi Tazawa) and 3rd in holds (5 behind Chun-Wei Wu). Cheng relieved Cheng-Yu Wu in the 8th inning in 2021 Taiwan Series Game 2, but Tzu-Hsien Chan blasted a solo shot, then Yun-Wen Chen replaced him after walking Tung-Hua Yueh. He pitched a shutout inning in Game 4, but couldn't stop the Brothers from sweeping them. Cheng then suffered from a right elbow injury, so he only pitched 18 games combined in the next two seasons, and also missed the 2023 CPBL Playoff Series.