From BR Bullpen
Wu-Hsiung Pan (潘武雄) (Take)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.
Wu-Hsiung Pan emerged as a top player in Taiwan's best league in 2007.
Pan played in the 1996 World Youth Championship. He was 0 for 5 for Taiwan in the 2000 Haarlem Baseball Week. In 2005, Pan was drafted by the President Lions but he only got into 14 games for them in 2006, hitting .200/.300/.343. Becoming a regular outfielder for the Lions, Pan did very well in the 2007 CPBL, batting .319/.403/.431. He 6th in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in batting average. He did not make an error in 90 games in the outfield. He won Rookie of the Year honors, made the Best Ten and also captured a Gold Glove. Pan helped the Lions win the 2007 Taiwan Series. In the 2007 Asian Championship, he was 1 for 4 with two walks and a sacrifice fly as the backup LF to Chien-Ming Chang.
Pan is proving 2007 was no fluke. Through 57 games, he is hitting .347/.450/.603 and was added to Taiwan's roster for the 2008 Olympics. Pan struggled in Beijing, going 0 for 19 with a walk and 2 runs while splitting DH duties with Chin-Feng Chen and seeing some action in the outfield.
In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Pan was one of Taiwan's top hitters, going 2 for 4 with two walks for the team's best OPS by anyone with more than one at-bat. He tied Jason Bay, Frederich Cepeda, Iván Rodríguez and Trent Oeltjen for 4th in the event in average, trailing only Brett Roneberg, Luis Durango and Joey Votto.