Rookie-Level: Pitcher Hung-Leng Cheng
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Hung-Leng Cheng as one of their international free agent signings 10 days ago. The Bucs landed the right-hander for $500,000. Standing at 6’3″, 159 pounds, Cheng has a projectable frame that he’ll eventually grow into as he ages. He is currently 20-years-old, so he has a few years before he’ll be in the majors.
Cheng is already hitting 94 MPH with his fastball. Cheng has a wide array of pitches to go along with his fastball. He has two breaking balls, a slider, and a curveball. He’ll also toss a low-80’s changeup. During 2020, the young righty started to add a cutter to his mix of offerings.
Cheng is considered highly advanced for his age. The Taiwanese pitcher will get to work at Rookie-Ball this season. Cheng has time to fill out his lanky frame. However, once he gains experience in pro ball and adds some muscle through conditioning and training with a professional staff, he could be hitting upwards of 95-97 MPH by the time he is in his age-23-24 seasons. The Pirates had success with their last rookie-ball Taiwanese pitcher in Po-Yu Chen.