The CPBL All-Star will have two exhibition games against the Samurai Japan on February 28th and March 1st. Here is why you should care about the Lamigo Monkeys’ rising super rookie 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung).
All Eyes are on 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung)
The Lamigo Monkeys’ bat flipping rookie 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) just had a dominating rookie season in 2016, where he hits for .414/.476/.689 with the OPS+ of 171. At the same time, setting the single season hits record with 200 hits in only 116 games and takes home the CPBL 2016 MVP title and the Rookie of the Year award.
After Wang’s monster 2016 season, the Lamigo Monkeys immediately extended Wang’s contract to a 5-year deal with a 400% salary increase. (Here’s an infographic about monthly salary after winning rookie of the year award)
王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) CPBL Stats
*Bold = CPBL Record (For more daily CPBL stats visit my.cpblstats.com)
The Future for Wang Po-Jung, CPBL, NPB, MLB?
The 23-year-old super rookie mentioned several times in public that he would love to play in the oversea market if there is an opportunity to do so. Ideally, he would like to go to NPB first then moving on to the MLB at a later stage.
However, he would consider MLB first if there is a 40-man roster with no less than Double-A offer from the MLB organisations.
During the 2016 season, several MLB scouts had been spotted at the CPBL games to watch Wang Po-Jung. According to the current CPBL posting rule, Wang Po-Jung will be eligible for international free agency in 2019.
With the Lamigo Monkeys boycotting the 2017 WBC Tournament. This exhibition games against the Samurai Japan baseball fans will get to see Wang Po-Jung facing pitchers at the higher level.
When asked which NPB pitchers he look forward to face in the upcoming exhibition games. Wang named Yomiuri Giants’ Tomoyuki Sugano (菅野智之) & Rakuten Golden Eagles’ Takahiro Norimoto (則本昂大).