WANG, WEI-CHUNG

Position: Pitcher

DOB: April 25, 1992

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 185

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Rule 5 Draft from Pirates (December 12, 2013)

Profile: Selected by the Brewers from Pittsburgh in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 2013, Wang originally signed with the Pirates as a free agent in the summer of 2011 for a reported $350,000, but that deal was voided after a physical revealed a torn ligament in Wang’s elbow that would require the youngster to undergo Tommy John surgery before ever pitching in a professional game. He agreed to a re-worked deal with Pittsburgh and made his debut with their Gulf Coast League team in 2013. He opened 2014 on the Brewers big league roster, making 14 relief appearances before hitting the disabled list with shoulder tightness in July. He made several rehab appearances in the minor leagues but logged enough time that the Brewers were able to maintain his rights, sending him to High-A Brevard County for most of 2015. He opened 2016 at Double-A Biloxi before earning a late season promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. With a mid-90’s fastball, a good curveball and an above average changeup, Wang has the arsenal to be a starter and given the Brewers lack of lefties throughout their system, he has a good shot at makin his way back to the majors in the near future.

2013: After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Wang made his professional debut with the Pirates GCL affiliate in 2013. He saw action in 12 games, starting 11, and went 1-3 with a 3.23 earned run average, holding opposing hitters to a .209 average.

2014: Despite having just 47.1 innings of pro baseball under his belt, the Brewers took a chance on Wang, selecting him in the Rule 5 Draft, choosing to stash him in the bullpen. He made 14 relief appearances with Milwaukee, getting knocked around to the tune of a 10.90 ERA before landing on the DL with injury. He made a handful of rehab outings in the minor leagues but managed to spend enough time in the big leagues for the Brewers to hang on to him going forward.

2015: After stashing him in the big league bullpen in 2014, the Brewers opted to develop Wang as a starter and he opened up the 2015 season with the Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League. He started 25 games there, going 10-6 with a 3.54 ERA before going up to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make one final start.

2016: Wang advanced to Double-A Biloxi to begin the 2016 campaign, slotting into the Shuckers starting rotation. He made 19 starts, going 6-5 with a 3.52 ERA before getting a bump to Colorado Springs in early August. He made five more starts following his promotion, posting a 4.85 earned run average.

2017: The Brewers had Wang return to the bullpen in 2017, sending him to Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the season.  He thrived in that role, going 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 47 relief appearances with the Sky Sox, earning a pair of promotions to Milwaukee.  Wang pitched in eight games for the Brewers, but didn’t have quite the same success, allowing two runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work.