It Looks Like the Pirates Have Lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Brewers
Jul11

It Looks Like the Pirates Have Lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers surprised a lot of people during the Rule 5 draft when they selected left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang from the Pittsburgh Pirates, drafting the lefty out of the GCL. Wang was eligible for the draft due to a technicality with his signing. When he originally signed with the Pirates, his contract was voided due to an elbow issue. Wang had Tommy John surgery, then signed a second contract. Players who sign a second...

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Photos and Analysis From Last Night’s Pirates Win Over the Brewers
Apr18

Photos and Analysis From Last Night’s Pirates Win Over the Brewers

Over the past weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates were swept in a three game series by the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first series loss of the season for the Pirates, and dropped them to .500. Last night the Pirates returned home to face the Brewers in a new series. This time around they won 11-2, thanks to four home runs and strong pitching from Edinson Volquez. Here is a photo recap from last night, with some thoughts on a few of the...

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Wei-Chung Wang Makes the Brewers’ Opening Day Roster
Mar25

Wei-Chung Wang Makes the Brewers’ Opening Day Roster

It appears that the Milwaukee Brewers will go with left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang on their Opening Day roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost Wang in the Rule 5 draft in the Winter and at least for now, he seems to have overcome the long odds of a player jumping from the Gulf Coast League directly to the majors. On Tuesday afternoon, the Brewers informed Zach Duke that he made the Opening Day roster and they also sent out pitcher Rob...

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Update On Wei-Chung Wang and His Chance To Make Brewers
Mar24

Update On Wei-Chung Wang and His Chance To Make Brewers

In December, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang in the Rule V draft to the Milwaukee Brewers. At the time, it seemed unlikely he would stick. He had one season of minor league experience and that was in the Gulf Coast League. Wang needed Tommy John surgery and the Pirates realized that after he signed, voided his contract and resigned him to a second deal. When they did that, it meant that Wang would be...

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Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There
Feb25

Taiwan is a Baseball Hotbed, and the Pirates are Getting a Strong Presence There

“We’re working very hard to be global. Not just in the Dominican, but as we spread out, there’s ballplayers everywhere, and our challenge is to go find them, as it is for the other 29 teams.” That was Clint Hurdle when I talked to him last week about the talent that is coming to the Pirates out of Latin America. Hurdle probably didn’t have to point that out. The track record for the Pirates speaks for...

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