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  • Pirates' Tsung-Che Cheng: Sent down to Double-A

    The Pirates optioned Cheng to Double-A Altoona on Tuesday.

    Cheng earned a spot on the Pirates' 40-man roster earlier this offseason but was always destined to return to the minors to begin 2024. The 22-year-old is probably another year or so away from reaching the big leagues.

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  • Pirates' Tsung-Che Cheng: Gets 40-man spot

    The Pirates selected Cheng to their 40-man roster Tuesday.

    Cheng got off to a hot start in the first half of the season with High-A Greensboro, slashing .308/.406/.575 across 253 plate appearances. However, his OPS fell to .656 upon being promoted to Double-A Altoona in late June. A spot on the 40-man roster will prevent Cheng from being taken in next month's Rule 5 Draft, and he will likely return to Altoona to begin 2024.

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  • Pirates' Tsung-Che Cheng: Promoted to Double-A

    Cheng was promoted to Double-A Altoona on Thursday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.

    Cheng had a dominant 57-game run for High-A Greensboro, slashing .308/.406/.575 with nine home runs, 13 steals and a 47:35 K:BB in 254 plate appearances. Trimming his groundball rate to 42.1 percent and upping his flyball rate from 28.9% to 34.1% has helped fuel Cheng's improvement as a power hitter. The 5-foot-7 infielder fits best at second base long term.

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  • Pirates' Tsung-Che Cheng: Lifting, pulling at High-A

    Cheng has a .262/.382/.524 slash line with four home runs, nine steals and an 18.5 percent strikeout rate in 29 games for High-A Greensboro.

    The 5-foot-7 infielder has split time evenly at shortstop and second base for the Grasshoppers, and his likely long-term home is the keystone. Cheng's command of the strike zone has been impeccable dating back to 2021 when he was in complex ball, but this power output is unexpected for the 21-year-old. He has the highest pull (46.9 percent) and flyball (37.2 percent) rates of his career.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-7, 154 lbs
Birthplace: Pingtung County, Taiwan
Age: 22
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, R