Chi-Hung Cheng

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Chi-Hung Cheng

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 210 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chi-Hung Cheng has been among the top 10 in his league in ERA three times and has pitched for Taiwan in international competition.

Cheng was on the 1996 Little League World Series winners. Cheng pitched for Taiwan in the 2003 Asian Championship and 2003 Baseball World Cup; he was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in the latter event, allowing 6 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings of relief.

Cheng was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in November 2003. He did not play for Taiwan in the 2004 Olympics, but did make his pro debut. He went 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA for Pulaski Blue Jays with 74 strikeouts, 35 walks and 47 hits allowed in 61 innings. He led the Appalachian League in starts (14) and strikeouts and was third in ERA behind Jordan Timm and Reid Santos. He also threw one game for the Auburn Doubledays.

In 2005, Cheng moved up to the Lansing Lugnuts and was 7-6 with a 3.15 ERA. He allowed 109 hits and 72 walks in 137 innings while whiffing 142. He led the Midwest League in ERA, was third in strikeouts (10 behind leader Eric Hurley) and was 6th in ERA. He was named the MWL All-Star left-handed pitcher. He was Taiwan's worst hurler in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, allowing 8 runs in 6 innings and going 0-1. He was atrocious in a start against the Nicaraguan national team, allowing hits to all five batters he faced (Marvin Benard, Ronald Garth, Jenrry Roa, Norman Cardoze and Marlon Abea) and giving up five runs before being yanked for Yi-Che Huang. Cheng took the loss.

Cheng returned to Lansing in 2006 and posted a 11-5, 2.70 record with 154 strikeouts in 143 innings. He led the league with 28 starts, was second in walks (68), third in strikeouts and 6th in ERA. He led Toronto farmhands in strikeouts. Cheng failed to repeat as the MWL All-Star left-hander as that honor went to Jake McGee, who had a worse record and ERA.

Cheng suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of 2007. He had a 0-2, 6.52 record with the GCL Blue Jays and 1-1, 2.77 for Auburn in his rehab appearances. Back with Lansing once again for 2008, Cheng went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA and allowed 122 hits in 94 innings, struggling to recover his pre-injury form. Toronto released him and he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December.

Cheng was on the roster for Taiwan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not pitch in the event.

Cheng went 7-3 with a 4.16 ERA for the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats but was released in early August. He spent 2010 in the military. The Brother Elephants took him in the second round of the 2010 CPBL draft. He made his debut in the CPBL on June 20, 2011, with a scoreless inning; he gave up a hit to fellow minor leaguer-turner-CPBLer Yung-Chi Chen.

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