We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
WEI-CHUNG WANG – LHP
THE NUMBERS: Wang had a couple of different stints with Milwaukee during the 2017 season, making 13 appearances out of the bullpen. He finished the year with an earned run average of 13.50, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out a pair in an inning and one-third or work.
SEASON REVIEW: Milwaukee knew they were getting a project when they selected Wang in the Rule 5 Draft from Pittsburgh in 2013. They displayed patience with the young left-hander and that patience was rewarded as he turned in a terrific season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. His success in the minors earned him a brief call to join the Brewers in late July and again in the season’s final month as one of the team’s September call-ups.
With a mid-90’s fastball and a hard slider, Wang has been especially tough against left-handed hitters and the Brewers tried using him as a lefty specialist in 2017. Though he made eight relief appearances with Milwaukee, he wound up working just 1.1 innings, facing only nine batters, pitching to multiple hitters on only one occasion.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Walker hit safely in each of his first eight games after joining the Brewers, but his best game may have come later in the year as the Brewers routed the Marlins by a score of 10-2 in a game at Miller Park on September 15th. Walker was on base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a single and a home run, driving in four of Milwaukee’s runs as they rolled to victory.
OVERALL GRADE: B-
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: Wang has worked as both a starter and a reliever during his time in the minor leagues, but the Brewers seem to have settled on a bullpen role for him going forward. He might profile best as a left-handed specialist, but Milwaukee has Josh Hader as well, who has far superior stuff. If the Brewers opt to move Hader back into the rotation, that could open up a job for Wang, and though it’s probably more likely that he would open the year in Colorado Springs, he could find himself contributing at the big league level again at some point in 2018.