‘Former NC’ Wang Wei-jung, included in the first list of the WBC Taiwanese national team… The first national team is in front
While the countries participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March, are releasing their entries one after another, Taiwan, the ‘Ambush Soldier of Asia’, also released the first list. Among them, there are names that are familiar even to domestic fans.
The Taiwanese edition of Yahoo reported on the 13th (Korean time), “The Taiwanese baseball team, which will begin training camp from the 28th, has released a list of 36 players.”
This roster included 28 Taiwan Professional Baseball (CPBL) players and 8 overseas players. Jang Wi-cheong (28, FA), a major leaguer who played in Cleveland and Boston, and Chun Kwan-wi (33, Rakuten Monkeys), a left-hander who faced Korea twice in the past Asian Games, were included.
And the name that stands out is Wang Wei-zhong (31). Currently a member of the Weiquan Dragons, he appeared in 19 games (15 starts) last year, recording 4 wins and 6 losses with an ERA of 3.20.
Wang Wei-chung entered the US stage in 2011 by signing a contract with Pittsburgh. Debuting in the major leagues in Milwaukee in 2014, he appeared in 22 games until 2017 and recorded an ERA of 11.09 without a win or loss.
Afterwards, Wang Wei-chung entered the KBO League NC Dinos as a foreign player ahead of the 2018 season. Having set the record as the first Taiwanese foreign player in the league, he drew attention with his good looks, relatively young age, and 150 km/h fastball, which is fast for a left-hander.
Until May, Wang Wei-chung continued his good pitching with a 2.90 ERA of 4 wins and 3 losses. However, after June, he fell into a slump, overlapping with a shoulder injury. Wang Wei-chung, who was not selected for the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games national team, was sluggish with an ERA of 5.44 in the second half after the Asian Games break. 온라인바카라
He fell to the bottom of the team’s performance, and in the end, Wang Weizhong only had 7 wins and 10 losses with an earned run average of 4.26. Due to his injury, he could not fill the regular innings and only digested 141⅔ innings. In the end, NC ended its relationship with Korea by giving up on renewing the contract with Wang Wei-chung.
After returning to the United States, Wang Wei-chung went through Oakland and Pittsburgh in 2019 and had a 3-win, undefeated average ERA of 3.77 in 25 games. However, unable to continue his career, he returned to Taiwan and signed a five-year, $2.08 million contract with Wei Quan, the highest amount in Taiwanese professional baseball at the time.
If Wang Weizhong is included in the final list of 30 players to be announced on February 6, he will be selected for the first team for the first time as an individual. Previously, he entered the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, 2017 WBC, and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games entries, but could not play in the main game due to injuries and opposition from the club.
In this year’s WBC, players from the KBO lined up for their respective national teams. Merrill Kelly (former SK), who was selected for the US national team, Roger Bernardina (Netherlands, former KIA), and Robert Stock (Israel, former Doosan) were selected.