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Wei Wang

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

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Wei Wang has played professional baseball for 10 years in China. He played with the Beijing Tigers from 2002 to 2007

Wang has been an member of the Chinese national team since 2002. That year, he hit .308/.357/.385 in the Intercontinental Cup to lead the team's position players. In the 2002 World University Championship, the catcher batted .444/.500/1.111 with 3 doubles, a home run and a steal in 9 at-bats. He led China's offense once again and outperformed several future major leaguers. Wang led the China Baseball League in average (.364) in 2003 and slugged .667.

Wang batted .227/.320/.409 for China in the 2005 Baseball World Cup. He also played for China in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, hitting the first home run in World Baseball Classic history, going deep off of Koji Uehara. In three games at catcher, he batted .222/.364/.667 with one HR and 3 RBI in 3 games and 9 AB. He had the best OPS of any of their starters.

In the 2006 Asian Games, he hit two home runs. In the 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, Wang was just 2 for 13 with 7 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. He did draw two walks and get hit by three pitches for a .389 OBP.

The Seattle Mariners signed him on June 21, 2007 along with fellow infielder/outfielder Yu Bing Jia. That made them the 4th and 5th Chinese players signed by a MLB team and the 3rd and 4th players signed that week. Wang was 0 for 9 for China in the 2007 Arizona Fall League.

Playing in his hometown in the 2008 Olympics, Wang hit .263/.300/.368 despite 7 strikeouts in 19 AB. He was injured in a home plate collision with Matt LaPorta, hurting his ankle; the incident led to complaints from China manager Jim Lefebvre, who was ejected. Wang did not appear again in the Games, being replaced by backup Yang Yang. Chinese hurler Kun Chen plunked LaPorta later in the game, injuring LaPorta and earning Chen an ejection. Wang's injury required ACL surgery.

Sources include 2004 Baseball Almanac, Defunct IBAF website, Haarlem Baseball Week stats, World Baseball Classic website, 2008 Olympic Games, 2009 Mariners Media Guide

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