GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that Cougars pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng has been named the Cubs' organizational Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July.
Tseng, 19, went 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) in five July games (four starts) for Kane County. He walked just four and struck out 20 while he held the opponent to a .137 batting average and recorded a 0.59 WHIP, both the best marks in the Midwest League. His 1.47 ERA ranked fifth in the league. On July 13 vs. Beloit, Tseng threw a 7-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven in a 3-1 victory.
In his first pro season since he was signed as a non-drafted free agent by Chicago, July 25 of last year, Tseng is 6-1 with a 2.56 ERA (23 ER/81.0 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) for Kane County. He has struck out 71 hitters compared to just 11 walks, and held the opponent to a .221 batting average (65-for-294). Tseng has walked two or fewer in 13 of his 14 starts, and has recorded nine outings without issuing a free pass.
Today's announcement is the fourth consecutive monthly organizational award given to a Cougars player this season as catcher Will Remillard was named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month in April, pitcher Paul Blackburn was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May and pitcher Juan Paniagua, since promoted to Class-A Advanced Daytona, was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.
Entering play this evening, the Cougars lead the Midwest League with a 70-42 record. With 28 games remaining, the Cougars are within reach to challenge the franchise record for most wins in a season, which is held by the 2001 Midwest League Champion Cougars squad with 88 wins.