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.