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Dodgers Sign Taiwanese Pitcher Hao-Chun Cheng

The Dodgers have remained active on the Taiwanese front and have added yet another arm.

BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA - OCTOBER 25: Hao-Chun Cheng #47 of Chinese Taipei pitches during a match between Chinese Taipei and Dominican Republic as part of WBSC U-23 World Cup Super Round at Edgar Renteria Baseball Stadium on October 25, 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have reached an agreement on a minor league contract with Taiwanese pitcher Hao-Chun Cheng.

Cheng, 21, is being brought over for an impressive signing bonus of $200,000.

Here is a look at him below:

PSA: His curveball is absolutely filthy.

Cheng reportedly tops out at 95 miles per hour on his fastball and checks in around 6’3 and  pounds.

He also received offers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers before ultimately signing on with the Dodgers to bypass the Taiwanese CPBL Draft and head overseas.

Cheng becomes just the ninth Dodgers signing of a Taiwanese-born talent in their history, adding to the already signed Lin Huei-Sheng in 2019.

At 21 years old, he presents some solid upside as a potential starting pitching option in the future for the Dodgers.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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    • You should investigate before you castigate. This guy is a stud. He pitched against the Dominican Republic team in the last World Baseball Classic and shut them down. They were basically a team of MLB baseball all stars. He throws a 92 MPH fastball and can throw five different types of pitches. I would not be so quick to criticize this signing, he may end up being very very good. He had offers from other MLB teams as well. Add in the fact he is only 21 years old and figures to get better. AND yea……..I would not hesitate to use him out of the bullpen………..

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