Multiple NPB Teams Eyeing Tseng Jyun-Yue

Is Fubon Guardians’ young fireballer heading to Japan’s NPB in the 2024 season?

On June 3, TSNA reported that multiple NPB teams from the Pacific League are interested in Fubon Guardians’ 21-year-old right-hander 曾峻岳 (Tseng Jyun-Yue).

In the past two weeks, the NPB scouts have been spotted in the stands observing Tseng’s every move. The young closer is best known for his overpowering fastball, which topped out at 158 kph (98.2 mph).

Entering his third season in the CPBL, should Tseng Jyun-Yue stays healthy, at the end of the 2023 season, with permission from the Fubon Guardians, he would be eligible to file for international free agency.

“I am still young, and I want to challenge myself. It doesn’t matter which team I go, as long there is an opportunity,” said Tseng Jyun-Yue. “Right now, I am focusing on taking care of my body and the 2023 season. As for the opportunity to play overseas, I will consider it once the season is over.”

As a seventh-round pick in the 2020 CPBL mid-season draft, Tseng quickly established himself as a rising star in spring training and made the 2021 Opening Day roster.

It took Tseng half a season to earn the job as the Guardians’ primary closer. He finished his 2021 season by winning the 2021 CPBL Rookie of the Year award.

  • 2021 Season: 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 62K, 55 IP (12 Saves)
  • 2022 Season: 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 64K, 50.1 IP (20 Saves)
  • 2023 Season (As of June 6, 2023): 0.40 ERA, 0.45 WHIP, 24K, 22.1 IP (8 Saves)

CPBL Posting System Explained:

  • Players must have three years of service in the CPBL first team and permission from their team before filing for international free agency.
  • One CPBL service year equals 125 days on the first team roster. Alternatively, 80 innings pitched for pitchers or 80 games appearances for hitters.
  • The posting period is from November 1 to December 5.
  • Overseas teams can deal directly with the players or their agency during the posting period.
  • Should the overseas team decide to sign the player, the overseas team must pay a transfer fee to the player’s former CPBL team.


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