The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t keep Wei-Chung Wang on the roster for nothing last season. He has loads of talent. But to make room on the 40-man roster for Matt Dominguez, the Brewers’ took a chance by designating Wang for assignment earlier this month. With the way that he is pitching right now, Wang is showing the Brewers that they were lucky to hang on to him.
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The reason Wang was DFA’d was the struggles that he has had for the greater part of the season. In an interview with us earlier in the month, Wang talked about his focus on his curveball which has lead to losing control of his fastball. This led to many more walks than he had hoped.
In April Wang really struggled. He walked 10 batters in 16 innings and opposing batters batted .364 off of him. He finished the month 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. While the April numbers were a bit better, he still posted an ERA of 5.40 in six May starts.
Since he was DFA’d however in mid-June, Wang is a perfect 2-0 and he has yet to allow a run in 15.2 innings of work. In these starts not only kept runners from scoring, but he has also kept them off the base paths allowing just four walks and nine hits in these innings.
Many were quick to criticize Wang and the Brewers last season when he struggled with major league pitching, but these last two outings have shown exactly why the 23-year-old is so valuable to the organization. As a talented left handed arm, I still see him to have a major future in Milwaukee in the middle of the Brewers’ future rotations.