WEI-CHUNG WANG
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 25, 1992
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 170
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2011
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Taiwan
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates initially signed Wang in the summer of 2011 for about $350,000, but the deal was voided when a physical revealed a torn ligament that required Tommy John surgery.  Wang signed at a reduced price in the fall and was in camp in March.  He reportedly reaches the low 90s, and has a good change and a curve.

2012
Did not play

Wang spent 2012 recovering from the elbow surgery.

2013
R:  1-3-0, 3.23 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 47.1 IP, 0.8 BB/9, 8.0 K/9

Wang was the GCL Pirates’ top starter and had a good year; his peripherals were much better than his ERA.  He had a significant reverse platoon split, which is odd for a pitcher whose out pitch is a curve.  His velocity early in the year was in the upper-80s, but by the end of the season he was pitching from 90-94.

It’s hard to judge Wang at this point because a pitcher with a good curve can dominate in the low minors, but may not succeed higher up.  If the Pirates are really high on him, he could open next year at West Virginia.  Otherwise, he’ll be at Jamestown.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
October 3, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.