Ching-Ming Wang

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Ching-Ming Wang (王鏡銘)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 181 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ching-Ming Wang has pitched in the CPBL.

Chen was with Taiwan for the 2006 World University Championship. In the 2007 World Port Tournament, he was 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA. He spent 2008 in the minor league system of the La New Bears. During the 2009 World Port Tournament, he was 1-0 with a save and one run allowed in 8 innings. He tied Miguel A. González for fifth in the event in ERA. Wang remained with Taiwan for the 2009 Asian Championship.

The Uni-President Lions drafted Wang in the first round of the 2008 CPBL Draft, and he made his pro debut with in March 24 2010, allowing one run in six innings. He finished the 2010 CPBL season 10-3 with a 3.83 ERA, tying for sixth in the league in wins. He won Rookie of the Year honors. Wang also attended the 2010 CPBL All-Star Game, and he notched a hold with a shutout inning. In 2011, he was 10-6 with a save and a 3.90 ERA in 44 games. Had he qualified, he would have ranked 5th in ERA. He tied for fourth in wins, behind three foreign imports (Orlando Roman, Dan Reichert and Ken Ray); he was tied with Tyler Lumsden and rookie Ta-Yuan Kuan.

Wang won games 2, 4 and 5 of the 2011 Taiwan Series to give the Lions the title (allowing one run in 9 1/3 IP for the Series); he was named Taiwan Series MVP. It was the fifth straight time the award went to a pitcher (following Luther Hackman twice, Nelson Figueroa and Jim Magrane) but the first time a Taiwanese player had won since Chin-Feng Chen in 2006. In the Series finale, he was timed at 95 mph, a record for a Taiwanese native in a Taiwan Series (Hackman had been timed faster among all pitchers). No reliever had ever won 3 games in a Taiwan Series before.

The Taitung native was selected into the 2012 CPBL All-Star Game, and he notched the save while surrendering a run in an inning. He was 7-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 45 games in 2012, and he collected 15 holds. Wang was 3rd in holds, 5 behind his teammate Chien-San Kao. In the 2012 Taiwan Series, he only allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings in 3 games, but the Lions lost to the Monkeys in 5 games. Wang represented Taiwan in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and he pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings over 3 games. He was still solid in 2013, having a 2.93 ERA in 35 games with 13 holds and a 9-3 record. Wang ranked 7th in wins (6 behind Chen-Hua Lin) and 5th in holds (19 behind Hiroki Sanada). In the 2013 Taiwan Series, he was named the starter of Game 3, and he pitched 6 innings while giving up 2 runs to help the Lions sweep the EDA Rhinos.

Wang struggled in 2014, and his ERA rose to 5.29. He was a swingman in 2015, and he had a 5-10 record with a 6.99 ERA. Wang also attended the 2015 CPBL All-Star Game, and he notched a hold with a shutout inning. He then was with Taiwan in the 2015 Premier 12, but he didn't appear in any games. Wang bounced back as a reliever in 2016, and he recorded a 3.49 ERA in 44 games while collecting 7 holds and 6 saves.

In 2017, Wang pitched 55 games with a 4.04 ERA, and he also notched 9 holds. He was selected into the 2017 CPBL All-Star Game, but he allowed 4 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Wang had a career-high 62 appearances in 2018 with 21 holds, but his ERA rose to 5.56. He ranked 3rd in games (4 behind Cheng-Che Wu) and 2nd in holds (2 behind Hao-Chun Chiu). In the 2018 Taiwan Series, Wang pitched 4 games with a hold, but he allowed 4 runs in 3 2/3 innings combined. The Lions were beaten by the Monkeys in 6 games.

Wang struggled in 2019 as his ERA was 6.67 in 33 games, and he even had a worse 12.71 ERA in 2020. He bounced back in 2021, and he notched 7 holds with a 3.48 ERA in 29 games. Wang became the fourth CPBL player to collect 100 career holds when he reached that level on September 27, following Chien-San Kao, Yu-Hsun Chen and Hung-Cheng Lai. He ended up notching 9 holds with a 3.88 ERA in 42 games in 2022, but he slumped to a 7.50 ERA in 28 games in 2023.

Wang's repertoire included a fastball (peak 95 mph), cutter, changeup, slider, curveball and forkball.