Taiwanese Outfielder Wang Bae-Rong
The Lamigo Monkeys of Taiwan’s CPBL have a twenty-two year outfielder named Wang Bae-rong (last name first) who is doing everything right this year. Half-way through the 120 game CPBL schedule, he leads all hitters with a .401 batting average. His .464 on-base percentage leads the league among qualifiers, and his .623 slugging percentage is fifth.
The four-team CPBL is an outrageous hitters’ league this year. American Mike Loree currently leads the league with a 4.19 ERA, and he’s one of only four qualifiers with an ERA under 5.00.
Even so, a young guy batting .400 this far into the season anywhere qualifies as a prospect. Wang is listed as 5’11” and 198 lbs. My guess is that he’ll sign with a Japanese NPB team this off-season.
The Brother Elephants of the same league have a 23 year old slugger named Xu Ji-hong, who is currently batting .403 with even better obp and slg numbers than Wang. However, he has played in 23 fewer games than Wang so far this season (35 compared to 58). He’s listed as 6’2″ and 227 lbs, so he’s probably pretty strong.