King Wang Drawing Interest from NPB and Major Leagues

Like Korea, the Taiwan League (CPBL) is geared a little toward offense. Last year when the 23 year old Po-Jung Wang hit .414 with 29 homeruns and 105 RBIs with 24 stolen bases to win the MVP award as well as rookie of the year, there were some NPB teams that showed some interest in Wang. This year Wang is terrorizing Taiwan pitchers at a .431 clip with 8 homeruns in just 35 games. Now some major league teams have taken notice. You don’t put up those numbers and not have some thunder in the bat.

Taiwan requires a player to play at least three years in the CPBL before he is declared a free agent. He played a portion of a season in 2015 (29 games) so he will not become a free agent until after the 2018 season. It is possible teams could negotiate a posting fee to acquire Wang after this season, though Taiwan teams have never officially posted any of their players. Wang is the first player to make such an impact in his first full season in the CPBL.

After 180 games his career average is .404 with a 1.146 OPS. According to the CPBL English website the Orix Buffaloes, Softbank Hawks, Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions and Hanshin Tigers are some of the Japanese teams interested in his services.

Wang plays outfield for the LaMiga Monkeys.

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