Po-Jung Wang

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Po-Jung Wang (王柏融) (King Po-Jung)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 194 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Po-Jung Wang had a record-setting rookie year in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Wang hit .240/?/.320 for Taiwan in the 2013 World Port Tournament but tied for third in the event with three RBI and tied for second in doubles (two). He also played in the 2013 East Asian Games (Taiwan got the Bronze) and 2014 U-21 Baseball World Cup (which Taiwan won). He hit .429/.500/.571 with five runs in five games in the 2014 Asian Games, starting in right for Taiwan to help them win a Silver Medal. He was in the 2015 Universiade. The Lamigo Monkeys took him in the first round of the 2015 CPBL draft, the 4th overall pick (following former major leaguer Che-Hsuan Lin, Tzu-Wei Lin and former AAA player Chih-Hsien Chiang). He got his first CPBL hit off Andy Sisco and his first homer off Wei-Lun Pan two days later. He hit .324/.377/.640 in the 2014 CPBL with 9 homers in 29 games. Despite his last entry into the league, he was second in Rookie of the Year voting, behind Chi-Hung Hsu.

In the 2015 Premier 12, he started in right for Taiwan and outperformed many more experienced players, producing at a .444/.524/.722 clip with 4 RBI in five games. He led Taiwan in average, slugging (.196 over Chun-Hsiu Chen) and OBP (.124 over Hung-Yu Lin). For the event, he weas 5th in average (behind Matt McBride, Randolph Oduber, Juan Apodaca and Kalian Sams, 8th in slugging (between sho Nakata and Tyler O'Neill) and tied McBride for 5th in OBP. His two-run homer off former major leaguer Shawn Hill tied a game against Team Canada at 4-4 but Taiwan fell, 9-8. Wang did not make the tourney All-Star team as McBride, Oduber and Hyun-soo Kim were the outfielders selected.

Wang then dominated the 2016 CPBL. He hit .414/.476/.689 with 40 doubles, 29 homers, 105 RBI, 130 runs and 24 steals in 32 tries over 116 games. He fielded .987 with six outfield assists. In a high-offense environment that year, he only won the batting title by .012 over Chih-Hsien Chiang. He easily topped the old league record, .391 by Cheng-Min Peng in 2008. His 200 hits topped Wilton Veras's 7-year-old mark by 28; he led Hung-Yu Lin by 33 in 2016. He set a new extra-base hit record. He set a new run record, topping Cheng-Wei Chang by 22 in 2016. He was also 3rd in RBI, trailing only Hung-Yu Lin (108) and Chih-Sheng Lin (107), led in total bases (333, 55 ahead of Hung-Yu Lin), tied Hung-Yu Lin for the doubles lead, was second in steals (two behind Chih-Ping Lin), was 4th in home runs (between Chih-Hsien Chiang and Chun-Hsiu Chen), led in OBP (.018 ahead of Hung-Yu Lin) and was second in slugging (.049 behind Chih-Hsien Chiang). He won a Gold Glove (joining Kuo-Long Kuo and Che-Hsuan Lin), made the Best Ten (joining Che-Hsuan Lin and Kuo-Hui Kao in the outfield), won Rookie of the Year (his 2015 time was not enough to lose his rookie status) and took home the CPBL MVP. He was the second position player to win MVP and Rookie of the Year the same year, following Yi-Chuan Lin.

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