Looking at the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system, there are at least 12 pitchers ranked in the top-30 in the system by MLB.com that could have a future in major league rotation. Adding Jorge Ortega and Cy Sneed to the mix and the Brewers are filled with arms that could make future contributions.
With all of these arms one arm that is easy to overlook is Wei-Chung Wang who is currently pitching at Class A Brevard County. While Wang was often viewed as a headache for fans during his time on the 25-man roster as a rule-five pick last season, Wang is putting together a season that is showing why he was so valuable to be kept all of last year.
The start of the year for Wang was a giant struggle. As he stated earlier in our interview with him, he began to focus on his curveball as the year began which caused him to lose touch of his fastball. During the first several months of the season, his ERA was over five and it was even nearing six as late as mid-June. Things got bad enough for Wang at the start of the year that he was even taken off of the 40-man roster at one point and every team throughout the league had a chance to claim him.
Since then however, Wang is proving just how valuable he really is by stringing together and incredible stretch of quality outings. In his 11 post all-star game outings, Wang has posted an ERA of just 1.69. This outstanding streak has helped him to lower his ERA to a much more respectable 3.75. Through these outings hitters have also batted just .233 against him and he has walked seven less batters while racking up more innings.
Wang is now 23-years-old and while he has plenty of competition, he is proving that he should not simply be passed by as a big-time prospect in the system. Though there were many skeptics last year as Wang hung on the roster and ate up a roster spot, he is proving that the Brewers knew exactly what they were doing in keeping him around.