SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE - The Chicago Cubs have announced that Jen-Ho Tseng has been selected at the organization's minor league pitcher of the month for July. Tseng has spent time in both Tennessee and Iowa during the 2017 season. He began the season with the Smokies before the 22-year-old was promoted to Triple-A Iowa following his first-career 10-strikeout game, July 3 vs. Jacksonville with Double-A Tennessee. He won all four of his July starts with Iowa, posting a 1.42 ERA (4 ER/25.1 IP), tied for the second-best mark in the Pacific Coast League in the month. His .204 opponent average (19-for-93) during July was the third-lowest in the PCL. Between Tennessee and Iowa, Tseng was 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA (8 ER/32.0 IP) in five July starts with 33 strikeouts compared to seven walks.
The six-foot, one-inch righthander immediately made an impact at the Triple-A level, netting PCL Pitcher of the Week (July 17-23) honors after going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA (1 ER/14.0 IP). He tossed 7.0 innings in each of those two outings, July 17 vs. Nashville and July 22 vs. Oklahoma City, allowing just seven hits and striking out 13 batters.
In 20 starts (15 with Tennessee, five with Iowa) this season, Tseng is 11-4 with a 2.77 ERA (37 ER/120.1 IP), good for the second-best ERA in the Cubs' minor league system. He has fanned an organization-high 110 batters, while walking just 32. He was named a 2017 Mid-Season Southern League All-Star, his first-career selection to an All-Star roster. His 11 wins are tied for the most by any Cubs farmhand.
Tseng was signed as a non-drafted free agent by Chicago in July of 2013. He was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the 2014 season, his first professional campaign. He holds a career 30-20 record and a 3.26 ERA (166 ER/457.2 IP) in 83 games (81 starts) across four seasons with the Cubs. This is Tseng's second monthly award, as he previously earned the honor in July of 2014 with Single-A Kane County.
The Cubs also announced that Single-A South Bend outfielder D.J. Wilson earned the organization's minor league player of the month award for July.
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