Chao-Hang Cheng

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Chao-Hang Cheng (鄭兆行) formerly known as Chao-Yueh Cheng

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 181 lb.

Chao-Hang Cheng has been a member of Taiwan's national team on occasion for a decade and has been a productive infielder for the Sinon Bulls. He wears number 88.

Cheng was on the Silver Medal-winning Chinese Taipei team in the 1995 World Junior Championship. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, he was 0 for 6 as the backup second baseman behind Sheng-Hsien Feng. He went 1 for 10 with a walk and two errors in the 1999 World Port Tournament. He was 1 for 4 with a double and a walk as a bench player in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup.

Cheng made his pro debut in 2000 with the Sinon Bulls and hit .244/.302/.331 as a rookie. He batted .247/.309/.350 in his second season with Sinon. In 2002, he improved to a batting line of .313/.380/.433. He was 5th in the circuit in batting average. He was named to the CPBL's Best Ten as the shortstop. He returned to the national team for the 2002 Intercontinental Cup and hit .219/.342/.375 with six walks and six runs in eight games as the starting shortstop; defense was a negative as he made four errors and fielded .862. He led Taiwan in walks but was nine behind Cuba's Frederich Cepeda.

In 2003, Cheng hit .283/.341/.434 with 12 home runs (a career high through 2007) and 16 steals in 22 tries for the Bulls. He again made the Best Ten at short. He was with Taiwan for the 2003 Asian Championship. The Sinon infielder batted .279/.323/.406 in 2004 and swiped 31 bases while only being caught six times. He led the league in steals. Cheng struggled mightily in the 2004 Olympics, going 2 for 20 with one walk at the plate, one steal in two tries on the bases and five errors in six games and a .828 fielding percentage as the starting Taiwan shortstop. As he never fielded under .945 in his first 8 CPBL seasons, the defensive woes were just as uncharacteristic as the poor performance in other areas.

Cheng produced at a .250/.310/.378 clip for Sinon in 2005 as they won the CPBL pennant and played in the first Konami Cup. In 2006, the 29-year-old only played 34 games, hitting .240/.284/.293. He bounced back the next year and batted .301/.360/.432. He returned to the national team for the first time in 3 years but was one of their worst performers in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, hitting .150/.146/.175. He did field 46 chances flawlessly at second base and shortstop. He was left off Taiwan's roster for the two Olympic qualifiers the team played in during 2007 and 2008.

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