Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I've seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn't pitch in the GCL, so I didn't get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against the Toronto farm system. Here are my thoughts on each player.
Wei-Chung Wang, flashing a red glove with a Pirates logo on the web.
The Pirates originally signed Wang for $350,000 out of Taiwan in 2011, which was a record at the time. Wang signed at the same time as Jin-De Jhang. However, the left-handed pitcher had a torn ligament in his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery. That put him out for the last year. He pitched in his first game at the end of instructs, making today his second game since signing.
Wang threw two shutout innings, giving up two hits, no walks, and striking out on...
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