Thursday, February 24, 2005

Chien-ming Wang Report

Chien-ming Wang, RHP, New York Yankees
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2000, Taiwan
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'3", 185 lbs

Wang is an interesting pitcher who doesn't seem like a good bet to stay with the Yankees for a long period of time. He has a nice low 90's fastball that will touch 95 on the gun a couple times per game. He also has a couple of decent secondary offerings in his splitter and his slider. But the Yankees don't really put up with young pitchers anymore. They don't have the patience for watching young kids make the adjustments needed to make the jump from AAA.

2004 Trenton: 4.05 ERA, 90 K, 26 BB, 112 H, 6 HR, 109 IP
2004 Columbus: 2.01 ERA, 35 K, 8 BB, 31 H, 3 HR, 40 IP
Career: 3.28 ERA, 350 K, 101 BB, 428 H, 20 HR, 440 IP

Despite good stuff and good numbers, something in his numbers leaves me a bit cold. He's never had exceptional strikeout totals in the minors. He doesn't allow a lot of hits, and doesn't walk batters, but just doesn't dominate. Add in the shoulder problems he had back in '01, and he looks like a back of the rotation starter. His ceiling to me looks like Jon Garland with a little better control. In the bullpen, his numbers might improve a bit, but he'd be less valuable.

ETA: 2005
3 1/2 stars



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