Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Well last-week's Ollie-Watch turned out to give Oliver Perez the CapBall curse, I decided to hold off on our Wang-Watch until he actually pitched into a game. And here it is, a year and a half and $3 Million Dollars later Wang is finally pitching in actual games.

Fighting against shoddy defense (the SS Martinson racked up 2 errors in the first 3 innings, making his season total now 21), Wang was able to show off his sinker, garnering 6 ground-ball outs. His line for the night was 3 IP, 2 ER, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, and 3 K. Racking up a 6-1 GB/FB ratio is exactly what you want to see out of a sinker-baller.

Of the 4 hits that he gave up only 1 of them was in the air - and that was on a "soft liner" to said SS. The ground-balls were a single to short, triple to right, and double to left.

A big-ole hat tip to @JonDMV who was told by a scout that he averaged 87-88 velocity and got up to 90 at points. For the record, Fangraphs.com has his fastball at 91.8 in his last professional year (2009). This isn't necessarily the biggest thing to follow for a sinkerballer, but is worth noting to gauge the strength of that surgically repaired shoulder.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Wang-Watch when hopefully Wang can go for more than 3 innings. But for now, let's start the 30 day countdown til he "isn't in rehab" anymore.

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