CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs named Jen-Ho Tseng tonight's starter against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field, after selecting the right-hander's contract yesterday. Tseng will become the ninth Iowa Cub to make his major league debut this season. Taylor Davis will complete the battery tonight, making his first big league start.
Tseng, 22, was recognized as the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year after compiling a 13-4 record with a 2.54 ERA (41ER/145.1IP), 127 strikeouts and 38 walks between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season. He also was recognized by the organization as the Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July (4-1, 2.25 ERA), and earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors for July 17-23 along the way.
In nine starts during his first stint with Iowa this season, Tseng posted a 6-1 record with a 1.80 ERA (11ER/55.0IP). He became the first I-Cub to win his first four Triple-A starts since Mitch Atkins in 2008. His 1.80 ERA was also the lowest for an Iowa pitcher with more than 50.0 innings pitched since Rich Hill in 2006 (1.80).
The Cubs signed Tseng as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2013. In 87 career games (85 starts) across four seasons, he boasts a 32-20 record with a 3.17 ERA (170ER/482.2IP).
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