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 Wooten, which got their bullpen down to the minimum. That means that Milwaukee will go with three lefties in the bullpen on Opening Day and within a couple weeks, Tom Gorzelanny will return, leaving them with another decision to make.

For now though, barring any late Spring Training pickup, it looks like the 21-year-old lefty from the Pirates will remain with the Brewers. The Pirates and Brewers meet for the first time on April 10th for a three game weekend series in Milwaukee.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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leadoff

I mentioned to Pirate management that I really liked Wang when the Brewers grabbed him. The Pirates did not believe anyone would grab a player with so little experience, but I think if they had to do it over again they probably still leave him unprotected. Shows how deep the Pirate pitching is, there Gulf Coast pitchers can make a major league club. So far this spring all their pitchers including the minor league pitchers have held their own pretty good.

Y2JGQ2

He has to survive the whole season, and that’s extremely unlikely. Unrelated Rule 5 Note, I saw Donnie Veal pitching the other day, looks like he finally has a full time MLB job. Glad to see he made it, he was one heck of a project when we got him some years back

LongJohnSilver

John, I believe he has to be on the “active” roster for 90 days, and on the 25 man all year. This is from wikipedia:

“To prevent the abuse of the Rule 5 draft, the rule also states that the draftee must be active for at least 90 days. This keeps teams from drafting players, then placing them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. For example, if a Rule 5 draftee was only active for 67 days in his first season with his new club, he must be active for an additional 23 days in his second season to satisfy the Rule 5 requirements.”

Lee Young

yep…I’m sure they’ll ‘injure’ him and spread out that 90 days over two seasons.

Doesn’t look promising at this point, unfortunately.

Just another reason to hate the Brewers!!!!!

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