Taiwanese Outfielder Wang Po-Jung

The Lamigo Monkeys of Taiwan’s CPBL have a twenty-two year outfielder named Wang Po-Jung (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.

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5 Comments on “Taiwanese Outfielder Wang Po-Jung”

  1. Burly Says:

    Wang Bae-Rong finished the 2016 CPBL regular season with an insane slash line of .414/.476/.689. He led the league in batting average and on-base percentage and finished second in slugging. The CPBL continued to be an outrageous hitters’ league in 2016, with two other hitters batting .402 and .400 respectively. At any rate, Wang was clearly the league’s best hitter, and he will be only 23 next season, so he should move up to a better league next year. I would be very surprised if he does not start the 2017 season in NPB’s minor league.

    My personal favorite Mike Loree was once again the CPBL’s best pitcher. His 3.98 ERA led the league by more than half an earned run, he led the league with 13 wins (against 11 losses) and he finished second behind former MLBer Bruce Billings with 159 Ks.

  2. Burly Says:

    35 games into the 2017 CPBL season, Wang Bae-Rong is batting .431, 44 points better than the league’s (only four teams) next best hitter. He’s slashing .431/..494/.686, and he’s still only 23 years old this season. One would have to think that an NPB or KBO team will sign him this off-season if he keeps hitting the way he has since the start of the 2016 season.

  3. Burly Says:

    I appear to have gotten Wang’s name wrong. Yakyu DB reports that the Hanshin Tigers are interested in Lamigo outfielder Wang Po-Jung, who has to be the same guy. The CPBL website is in Chinese characters and does not provide the Western alphabet names for domestic players. I got the name from wikipedia last year, but this year wikipedia lists the player as Wang Po-Jung, suggesting someone corrected the mistake.

  4. Burly Says:

    21 year old outfielder Chen Tzu-hao is leading the CPBL with 18 HRs. He has a breakout season last year, and he’s steadily getting better. He’s another guy who will play in Japan’s NPB if he continues to produce at this current rate.

  5. Burly Says:

    Wang Po-Jung finished the 2017 season with a league leading .407 batting average and 31 home runs. His on-base percentage and slugging percentages were both a little better than his break-out 2016 season.

    In an exhibition game against Samarai Japan [the Japanese National Baseball Team] on February 28, 2017, Wang hit two home runs, including the game winner, against NPB strikeout champ Takahiro Norimoto.

    Yet, as of the date of this comment, no NPB team has yet signed Wang, even though Wang has already expressed his interest in playing in Japan.

    Wang’s Lamigo Monkeys will be playing two exhibitions games against the NPB’s Nippon Ham Fighters at the Sapporo Dome on February 28 and March 1, 2018. I assume there will be a lot of NPB scouts at that game watching Wang, although I’m not sure what more they would have needed to see after he took Takahiro Norimoto deep twice last February 28th.

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