Apr 27, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wei-Chung Wang (51) pitches in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for Brewers to move Wei-Chung Wang


Back in December, the Milwaukee Brewers selected pitcher Wei-Chung Wang from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The Taiwanese southpaw fashioned some decent numbers last season for the Pirates Rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, including a WHIP of 0.866 and a K:BB ratio of better than 10:1.

Unfortunately, those numbers have not translated to Major League success this year, as the 22-year-old is scuffling along with a WHIP of 2.561 and an ERA of 12.51 in ten outings for the Brewers.

And with the team struggling to hold its lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central–3.5 games at last check–now is the time to make a move to get the ‘not-ready-for-prime-time’ Wang off the big club’s roster.

Although the Brewers brain trust sees potential in the youngster, he has not shown much to this point, having only three successful outings in the first half of the season. He had a single 1-2-3 inning, and that was against the lowly Cubs in late April.

His stat line to this point shows 29 hits in 13 2/3 innings, with ten Ks and six walks. Opposing batters have taken him out of the yard five times thus far.

The Brewers currently have a trio of lefties besides Wang on the 25-man roster: Zach Duke, Tom Gorzelanny, and Will Smith. It’s not like manager Ron Roenicke needs a quartet of portsiders, especially if one of them is liable to give up hits and runs at a prodigious rate.

Doug Melvin has a choice: he can offer Wang back to the Pirates for $25,000, or he can try to work a trade with Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington. The Buccos seemingly have the Brewers over a barrel–pardon the pun–but it is conceivable that a deal amenable to both could come to fruition.

If option ‘B’ is chosen, Milwaukee can send Wang down to Appleton or Brevard County for some much-needed seasoning.

Moving Wang off the 25-man roster would free up space for a position player, as it seems like the Brewers skipper is forever short on his bench.

Not saying that this move is life or death, but it could go a long way in determining how the Brewers finish their season this year.

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  • Bryce P

    If a trade cannot be made I would just give him back at this point. Having an extra bat coming off the bench is more important than a reliever who can only pitch in low pressure situations. The other option is to promote Jimmy Nelson and replace Wang with Estrada.

    • King

      Wang for Estrada? No…

      • Bryce P

        Estrada has actually done well pitching out of the bullpen and can be used in most situations. Whereas Wang can only be used in blowouts. I agree Wang has a brighter future but the Brewers need to focus on making the playoffs this season not the future.

  • Bergler2

    Maybe the plan all along was to help destroy the Pirates farm system. Take a promising young pitcher and break him, then return him to the Pirates as an empty shell of the prospect he once was. Mission accomplished, now give him back and let’s get back to playing winning baseball.

  • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

    His numbers weren’t expected to translate to the majors. It always was and still is a pilfering of a good prospect from another organization – it being even sweeter that it was a Pirates prospect.

    There is little reason to return him to the Pirates now, since they’ve lasted this long, in first place, with him on the roster. A few more weeks and they can stash him on the DL and get the last of his 90 days of service time in September when the rosters expand.

  • Conner David Boyd

    Wow. Posted a comment disagreeing and it got removed. Nice censorship, guys.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      We’re looking into that now, as no one here has the ability to remove comments. We encourage debate on our sites, so that should never happen.

      • Conner David Boyd

        I didn’t post a link. Just said Wang shouldn’t be moved because of numbers. No one expected him to pitch well against guys in the major league after spending only one season in rookie league. Keep him in the pen, give him a couple of innings in blowouts, and keep giving him simulated games to keep his arm loose. Send him to AA next year, and go from there. Wang is way too talented to just send back.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Did you have a link in the comment, as it may have been flagged for the link?

  • Bob

    You’ve already made 3 months of car payments on this kid. You are so close to putting him on the disabled list due to “fatigue.” NO WAY they should get rid of him. This is a steal so far, and the 4-man bench hasn’t hindered us. Oh, and the starting rotation has taken the pressure of the pen.