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Wei-Chung Wang (Chinese: 王維中, born 25 April 1992) is a Taiwanese professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Milwaukee Brewers. He is the younger brother of former Chicago Cubs minor league player Yao-Lin Wang.[1] He played in 2004 Little League World Series for Taiwan.

Wei-Chung Wang
Wei-Chung Wang, Baseball Park in Kaoshiung 2015.jpg
Wang at an MLB promotional event in Taiwan, December 2015
Oakland Athletics – No. 61
Pitcher
Born: (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 27)
Taitung County, Taiwan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: April 14, 2014, for the Milwaukee Brewers
KBO: March 24, 2018, for the NC Dinos
MLB statistics
(through July 6, 2019)
Win–loss record1–0
Earned run average6.38
Strikeouts26
Teams

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CareerEdit

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

 
Wei-Chung Wang's signature

Wang signed as an international free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. When the Pirates discovered that Wang required Tommy John surgery, they voided the contract, and signed Wang to a new contract.[2]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

The Brewers selected Wang from the Pirates in the 2013 Rule 5 draft. Though a player is normally automatically ineligible for the Rule 5 draft in his first four professional seasons, Wang was eligible due to the voided contract.[2][3] Wang competed for a spot on the Brewers' 2014 Opening Day roster,[4] which he made.[5][6] Wang made his MLB debut on April 14, 2014 against the St. Louis Cardinals pitching a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.[7]

Wang was designated for assignment by the Brewers on June 16, 2015 and outrighted to the Advanced-A Brevard County Manatees to begin the season. After three years in the minor leagues, the Brewers recalled Wang from Colorado Springs Sky Sox on July 30, 2017. He was granted his release from the Milwaukee Brewers in order to pursue a playing opportunity in South Korea, and was released on January 26, 2018.

NC DinosEdit

He signed a one-year contract for $700,000 with the NC Dinos of the KBO League. The contract was announced by the Dinos on January 26. He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On February 1, 2019, Wang signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics that included an invitation to spring training.[8] On May 25, his contract was selected and he was called up to the major leagues. Wang became the first Taiwanese player in Athletics' franchise history three days later, when he pitched two scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels, allowing only one hit. On July 4, Wang earned his first MLB win, tossing 2.1 shutout innings in a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, during which he allowed one walk, no hits, and one strikeout.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MLB/王維中的棒球之路 哥哥影響深遠.
  2. ^ a b Brink, Bill (December 12, 2013). "Brewers select Pirates' Wei-Chung Wang in Rule 5 draft". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Pleskoff, Bernie. "Brewers could have Rule 5 gem in lefty reliever Wang". MLB.com.
  4. ^ Haudricourt, Tom. "Brewers' Wei-Chung Wang hopes to jump from rookie ball to majors". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Gruman, Andrew (September 23, 2014). "Wang hopes 2014 experiences help him get back to majors in future". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (October 21, 2014). "Brewers See Wang As A Starter". Baseball America. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Lance Lynn strikes out 11 as Cardinals snap Brewers' 9-game win streak". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 14, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "CPBL Stats on Twitter".

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