M5: Wang expected to break fastest 300 hits record this weekend

There’s no problem saying Lamigo Monkeys’ 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) may be one of the best ever in 28 years of CPBL history.  If he’s not, it’s safe to assume he’s well on his way.

Wang has taken CPBL by storm since his entry to the league at 2nd half of the 2015 season.  On 14th of May, Wang achieved his career 295th hit in his 180th game on Sunday night against the Uni-Lions.  The 23-year-old hit machine is currently on mass production mode at an unbelievable speed which is unprecedented in CPBL history.  With an average of 1.63 hits per game, he is expected to break the CPBL record being the fastest player to reach 300 career hits this weekend.

Former Record Wang Po-Jung
H Name Games AB Games AB
100 Lin Yi-Chuan 62 250 69 278
200 Lin Yi-Chuan 142 571 122 503
300 Hu Chin-Lung 216 862 180+? 731+?
400 Hu Chin-Lung 278 1125 ? ?
500 Hu Chin-Lung 342 1383 ? ?

*The AB might have slight difference to accurate number (<3 AB) due to limited access to CPBL official website data.

What’s even more impressive is that there are still 30 games for Wang to get the 5 hits to break the record previously set by former Dodgers 胡金龍 (Hu Chin-Lung) in 2015.

Wang Po-Jung proved his adjustment and fast growth in the league when competing with the experienced batters.  As it today, he is currently hitting .431/.494/.686 with .255 IsoP (league average .160) while leading the league with 193 OPS+ and 189 WRC+

With the upcoming home series at Taoyuan stadium, Wang can put one momentous step behind him and look toward another.  He is now just five hits shy of reaching hit 300 for his third professional season.  Monkeys fans should definitely block their schedule to see this rising star writing a brand new chapter in his career.

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