Last season Wei-Chung Wang got a taste of big league baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers and it stung. He had never pitched above Rookie ball and it showed all year. Not placed in many situations to succeed, Wang rarely found success. In his 17.1 innings of work, Wang posted a 10.90 ERA, a 2.192 WHIP and 7.69 FIP.
Pitching well above where he belonged he struggled mightily, but didn’t let things get him down. Instead of sulking about his major league struggles from last season, Wang has entered this spring on a mission to get back to the big leagues as soon as possible.
These goals don’t come without out numbers to back them up. Last season while rehabbing in the minor leagues, Wang showed why he was worth keeping on the roster. In seven appearances and 26.1 minor league innings, Wang was awesome. He struck out 22 batters while walking only four and posted a combined WHIP under one.
Facing the best prospects in all of baseball in the Arizona Fall League, Wang was just as good. He went 2-0 with a 2.74 ERA and fully proved that his future is bright.
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While many grumbled about keeping him last season and playing with what came down to a 24 man roster for a majority of the season, I for one still love the move. Wang has plenty of upside and he proved that when pitching where he belonged last season.
There has been a lot of talk about the Brewers having a lack of pitching depth this season, but pitchers like Wang will help to make rotational depth a strength heading into 2016. At just 22-years-old Wang will be an important piece at the top of the Brewers pitching staff for years.