Pirates Signed 17-Year-Old Cheng Tsung-Che
A few weeks ago we reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates were close to signing 鄭宗哲 (Cheng Tsung-Che /
Zheng Zong-Zhe). On July 10, the Pirates have officially signed the 17-year-old high school shortstop for $380,000 USD with $60,000 in educational expenses.
Notes: In our previous blog post, we used the name “Zheng Zong-Zhe” as per his Facebook page. There are four different ways to romanised Taiwanese name. Cheng Tsung-Che is using the Wade Giles system.
It turns out the Pirates were not the only teams pursuing Cheng Tsung-Che. There were at least two other MLB organisation offered a contract to Cheng. The amount said to be around $300,000 USD.
“The Pirates has shown the most initiative during the signing process”, said Cheng Tsung-Che. “They told me the organisation would do their best to develop me as a player.”
“It is a dream come true to play professional baseball in the United States. I look forward to competing and learning with players from all over the world.”
Hitting and fielding highlight of 17-year-old 鄭宗哲 (Zheng Zong-Zhe) who's reportedly close to signing with the Pirates. #MLBTW #TWHSBaseball (📹via CPBL Analyst) pic.twitter.com/IgKRrLk0ea
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) June 29, 2019
Taiwanese in Pittsburgh Pirates’ Organisation
With Cheng Tsung-Che signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he will be the tenth Taiwanese that join the Pirates’ organisation since 2009.
|NAME||YEAR||Signing Bonus||Highest Level||Current Level|
|鄭錡鴻 (Cheng Chi-Hung||2009||$500,000 (Blue Jays 2003)||Single A (Adv)||CPBL (Brothers)|
|洪聖欽 (Hong Sheng-Cin)||2009||$50,000||Rookie||CPBL (Monkeys)|
|徐志維 (Hsu Chih-Wei)||2009||$50,000||Rookie||-|
|陳鏞基 (Chen Yung-Chi)||2010||$250,000 (Mariners 2004)||Triple A||CPBL (Uni-Lions)|
|紀品宏 (Chi Ping-Hung)||2009||$80,000||Rookie||CPBL (Monkeys)|
|王維中 (Wang Wei-Chung)||2011||$50,000||MLB||MLB (Athletics)|
|陽耀勳 (Yang Yao-Hsun)||2014||$100,000||Double A||CPBL (Monkeys)|
|張進德 (Jhang Jin-De)||2011||$300,000||Triple A||Double A (Giants)|
|廖任磊 (Liao Jen-Lei)||2014||?||Rookie||NPB (Lions)|
|鄭宗哲 (Cheng Tsung-Che)||2019||$380,000||Unassigned||Unassigned|