Zhanpeng Wang

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Zhanpeng Wang (王占鵬)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 207 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Zhanpeng Wang was the top pitcher from China from several years. His fastball peaked just under 84 mph. Wang pitched for China in the 1995 Asian Championship as a teenager. In the 1997 Asian Championship, he was named the best left-handed pitcher.

He was the star of China's first Baseball World Cup appearance, going 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in the 1998 Baseball World Cup. He fanned 27 in 17 1/3 innings while allowing only 9 hits and one walk. He got wins against Spain and South Africa; China lost their other five games. He finished 4th in the Cup in strikeouts behind an elite trio of Koji Uehara, Jose Contreras and Byung-hyun Kim. He also tied for the most wins, even with Contreras, Jose Ibar, Pedro Luis Lazo, Jurriaan Lobbezoo, Uehara and 9 others. He struck out 18 against Spain, the best game of the tournament by a pitcher. He failed to make the All-Tournament team as Lobbezoo was picked as the best southpaw. He played for China in the 1998 Asian Games.

Wang was named the best left-handed pitcher in the 1999 Asian Championship. He went to spring training with a Japanese team in 2000 but retired a year later to go into coaching, only 25 years old. The China Baseball League had not yet formed so Wang never pitched as a pro.

He coached for China in the 2003 Asian Youth Championship.