Phillies Prospect Breakdown: Wen Hui Pan, RHP, Jersey Shore Blue Claws, A+

The Player

While most of the attention at the start of an international signing period is given to Latin America, other places on the planet produce good talent. When the 2023 period started, two Taiwanese pitchers commanded six-figure bonuses. The Giants signed Chen-Hsun Lee for $647,500. And the Phillies inked Pan for $350,000. He made a very strong first impression by dominating out of the bullpen for full-season Clearwater in his pro debut, earning a late bump up to High-A Jersey City.

Pan has a power repertoire that can miss a lot of bats. He struck out 12.4 per nine innings during his pro debut. He touched triple digits with his fastball last year, throwing with an excellent armside run. His best secondary pitch is his 84-85 mph splitter which is a real spin-killer. His slider has improved and he’s worked on firming it up. It has the chance to be a very good pitch if he can get it up to the mid-80s consistently from the upper 70s and low 80s where it lived in 2023. 

While Pan has used a slower curve and a regular changeup at times as well, they are likely to get shelved moving forward to help him simplify things on the mound. He tends to be around the zone, albeit without pinpoint command. He’ll be working toward giving starting a try and could get stretched out to three- to four-inning outings to help build him up.

Projection

Pan will be used primarily to start the season with Jersey Shore. His early returns could pave his way to Reading. That should be the ceiling for this young pitcher.

Matt Bednarczyk
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