The Philadelphia Phillies are set to add a high octane arm to their system.
According to the CPBL Stats Twitter account, the Phillies are set to sign Wen-Hui Pan, a 20 year old flamethrower, for a $400,000 bonus.
Wen-Hui Pan adds another intriguing arm to Philadelphia Phillies system
Pan is the type of pitcher that would generate interest regardless of where he was playing. He has a four pitch mix – a fastball, splitter, curve, and slider. His fastball has been clocked as high as 98.4 MPH and he has displayed an impressive ability to generate grounders with his fastball and splitter. The video below shows a quick glimpse of his arsenal.
Pan has been on the major league radar for some time. He was rumored to have interest from three major league organizations and two teams in Nippon Professional Baseball last year but was unable to come to an agreement on a deal. That increased to five major league teams showing interest this past year, but Pan had been expected to sign with an unnamed NL East team for approximately $400,000 back in June.
The Phillies already have some intriguing arms in their system. Both Andrew Painter and Mick Abel are top 100 prospects in the game. Griff McGarry, the Phillies fourth ranked prospect per MLB.com, has a plus-plus fastball and could be a weapon as soon as the end of this season.
Pan is going to take time. He is not going to come stateside and find himself in the majors within a year or two. But he is the type of pitcher that could be a dominant force if he develops as expected. And, considering he still has room to grow into his body, he could add even more velocity as well.
The Philadelphia Phillies are set to sign Wen-Hui Pan to a $400,000 bonus. He could develop into a top of the rotation arm if handled properly.