CPBL All-Star will have two exhibition games against Samurai Japan on the 28th & 1st March. Here’s why you should care about Lamigo Monkeys’ 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung)
It’s all about Lamigo Monkeys’ 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung)
Lamigo Monkeys’ bat flipping rookie 王柏融 Wang Po-Jung had a dominating 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 just 116 games and takes home the CPBL 2016 MVP title and 2016 Rookie of the Year award.
Video of the bat flipping rookie in action during the regular CPBL season.
After Wang’s monster 2016 season, 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’s an opportunity to do so. Ideally, he would like to go to NPB first then moving on to MLB at a later stage.
However, he would consider MLB first if there’s a 40-man roster with no less than Double A offer from MLB organizations. During the 2016 season, several MLB scouts had been spotted at the CPBL games to watch Wang Po-Jung. According to the current CPBL rule, Wang Po-Jung will be eligible for international free agency in 2019.
With Lamigo Monkeys boycotting the 2017 WBC Tournament. This exhibition games against Samurai Japan we will get to see Wang Po-Jung facing pitchers at the higher level. When asked which NPB pitchers Wang Po-Jung 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).