Dodgers to Sign University RHP Cheng Hao-Chun
To go overseas or stay in Taiwan and enter the 2019 CPBL Draft, the movement NTSU’s Cheng Hao-Chun has been one of the talking points within the Taiwanese baseball community for months now. On June 17, we finally have the answer.
According to ETtoday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly agreed to terms with 21-year-old Taiwanese right-hander 鄭浩均 (Cheng Hao-Chun), pending a physical.
While Cheng’s agency declined to comments, the signing bonus is said to be $200,000 USD plus an additional $20,000 for educational expenses. Should Cheng Hao-Chun passed the physical, he will become the ninth Taiwanese players that sign with the Dodgers’ organisation.
Cheng Hao-Chun stands 188cm and weight 89kg. His fastball usually sat around 145-148kph (90-92mph) and topped out at 153kph (95mph). Apart from the fastball, he also throws a curveball, forkball, sinker, slider and changeup.
In 2018, Cheng represented Taiwan in the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. During the super round game against the Dominican Republic, Cheng pitched nine innings only gave up three hits, one unearned run and struck out eight.
Here's the strikeout montage of 21-year-old RHP 鄭浩均 (Cheng Hao-Chun) who reportedly have received offers from at least 3 MLB teams. #MLBTW pic.twitter.com/1z9aQNTTzd
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) June 17, 2019
Dodgers’ Taiwanese Players Since 1999
- 1999 陳金鋒 (Chen Chin-Feng)
- 2000 郭泓志 (Kuo Hong-Chih)
- 2003 胡金龍 (Hu Chin-Lung)
- 2007 曹錦輝 (Tsao Chin-Hui)
- 2014 倪福德 (Ni Fu-Te)
- 2016 陳品捷 (Chen Pin-Chieh)
- 2018 李振昌 (C.C. Lee)
- 2019 林暉盛 (Lin Huei-Sheng)
- 2019 鄭浩均 (Cheng Hao-Chun)