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Pitched for Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic and currently the No. 1 starter for the Chinese Taipei National Team touring the U.S.


CLEVELAND -- Tseng, 21, pitched for Chinese Taipei in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, appearing in one game and was the only amateur pitcher on the Taiwanese squad. He is currently the No. 1 starter on the Chinese Taipei National Team that is currently touring the United States and he is scheduled to pitch for Taiwan in the World Championships, August 4-15, in Havana, Cuba. On Tuesday, July 4 he tossed 5.0 shutout innings (5.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K) against the United States National Team, which is comprised of the top college players in America.


The 5-11 right-hander pitched at the collegiate level for the National Taiwan College of Physical Education in 2005 and 2006 where he was a combined 14-0 over the two seasons and was named Taiwan's Amateur Pitcher of the Year in 2006. This spring he was 7-0 w/a 0.36 ERA in 9 games (73.2IP, 29H, 3ER, 8BB, 73K, 0HR).


Tseng was named to the All-Alaskan Summer League squad in 2005 where he was 3-1 w/a 2.06 ERA in 10 games/7 starts (56.2IP, 42H, 13ER, 12BB, 38K) and after the season was named the 4th best prospect in the entire league by Baseball America. Sung-Wei also made 2 starts in the IBAF World Cup in September 2005 for the Taiwanese National Team (1-0, 2.25ERA, 12.0IP).


Tseng will report to Winter Haven, FL for the Florida Instructional League in September following his commitment with the Taiwanese National Team.


"Sung-Wei Tseng is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher who we have seen compete at the highest levels of amateur and international competition," said Cleveland Indians Assistant General Manager, Scouting Operations JOHN MIRABELLI. "We have worked hard the past three years in establishing a database and developing a scouting network throughout Asia and we hope this signing is reflective of those efforts."


Pronounced "sung-WAY sen"

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