PP Scouting Report: RHP, Chien-Ming Wang

The Yankees signed Chien-Ming Wang out of Taiwan in 2000 and were immediately impressed by his performance that same year. Injuries derailed Wang for the entire 2001 season, but he bounced back strong in 2002. The injury bug continues to plague the young righty so far in his career, but Wang just might have the stuff to make it big if he can stay healthy.

Vital Statistics:
Chien-Ming Wang aka "Tiger"
Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: March 31, 1980
Place of Birth: Tainan, Taiwan
Height: 6'3"
185 lbs
How Acquired:
Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees on May 5, 2000 out of Taiwan.

After missing the entire 2001 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, Wang returned to dominate the New York - Penn League in '02.  He posted the best K/9 rate and BB/9 rate of his career and had a minscule 1.72 ERA and ridiculous 0.98 WHIP.  

Wang's success slowed however after a big promotion to AA in 2003.  Players generally are given a chance at either middle or high A before going to AA, but Wang was sent straight to Trenton.  The jump didn't agree with him and he posted mediocre numbers for the first time since coming stateside.  His strikeout rate slipped dramatically, and his walk rate jumped a tad.  Neither of those are good signs, but perhaps a worse one is the number of hits he allowed.  He had never allowed more hits than innings pitched, but he did just that for Trenton.  

The most likely cause for the increase in hits allowed is a lack of command over his fastball and/or breaking pitches.  Wang is a command pitcher and, without blazing stuff, he'll live and die by his control.  Wang features four good pitches, a simple and fluid delivery, and a calm demeanor that is a rare bonus for a player his age.  His fastball generally tops out at around 95 mph, but he tends to range closer to the low 90s.  He also features a good splitter and good slider.  The solid mechanics should help him avoid future injury, but as was stated before, he seems to continue to be an injury risk.
















4.65 1.43 .294 6.2 2.4


Gulf Coast






0.00 0.67 .182 6.0 0.0


Staten Island






1.72 0.98 N/A 7.4 1.6
2000 Staten Island 4-4 87 77 21 75 2.48 1.13 N/A 7.8 2.1

Repertoire:  Fastball, Slider, Splitter, Changeup

Fastball: Wang can get his fastball up to around 95 mph, but he generally keeps around the 90-92 mph range.  Excellent control of the fastball means he walks very few batters.

Other Pitches: Late-breaking slider and nasty splitter serve as his strikeout pitches, but he'll have to learn how to harness them better if he wants to bring his strikeout rate back up to it's 2000 level.

Pitching: Wang is a control pitcher that is capable of keeping his walks down.  He has good stuff, but he needs to bring up his K-rate in order to bring down his hit rate.

Projection: Middle of the rotation starter.  Earlier in his minor-league career, Wang projected as a #2 starter on a good team but he can't have that claim after his mediocre 2003 campaign.  He is still young and could get back on track next season.

ETA: 2005.  The Yankees will likely let Wang start the season at AAA Columbus in 2004, despite the fact that he could probably use another year at AA.  If Wang succeeds at AAA, he could be in the majors as soon as 2005.

Notes: 2003 Eastern League All-Star... Selected to the World Team of the 2003 Futures game but did not play... Allowed only three runs in his final 32.2 innings of 2002... Sometimes goes by the nickname of "Tiger".

Starting Pitchers

2003 Team

Jorge De Paula

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Alex Graman

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Christian Parker

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Eric Schmitt AAA - Columbus Clippers
Andy Beal AA - Trenton Thunder
Eddie Candelario AA - Trenton Thunder
Brad Halsey AA - Trenton Thunder
Javier Ortiz AA - Trenton Thunder
Edison Reynoso AA - Trenton Thunder
Chien-Ming Wang AA - Trenton Thunder
Sean Henn A - Tampa Yankees
Dave Martinez A - Tampa Yankees
Mark Phillips A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Garcia A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Valdez A - Tampa Yankees
Ray Clark A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jon Skaggs A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matthew DeSalvo A - Battle Creek Yankees
Brandon Harmsen A - Staten Island Yankees
Jeffrey Karstens A - Staten Island Yankees
Chase Wright A - Staten Island Yankees
Abel Gomez R - GCL Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - GCL Yankees
Edgar Soto R - GCL Yankees
Toni Lara R - GCL Yankees
Guillermo Villalona R - GCL Yankees


1. Danny Borrell - Yankees top pitching prospect, command pitcher recovering from ligament surgery.  Had excellent first season back with 2.93 ERA in 55.1 innings.  Could be ready for majors in 2004.

2. Jorge De Paula - looked excellent in spot start for Yankees in 2003.  Uses change-up as his out pitch, but has two other good pitches.  May be ready for major league action in 2004.

3. Christian Parker - Once a top-level pitching prospect, now an afterthought.  Parker's K rate (3.4 K/9)was pathetic in '03, and .313 opponent's BA do not bode well.

4. Chien-Ming Wang - Talented pitcher with good repertoire had a bumpy season in his first full year at AA.  4.65 ERA in 122 innings and 6.2 K/9 are good but not great.

5. Sean Henn - Went 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA with mostly Tampa in 2003.  Southpaw posted pretty good K rate, but walks too many batters.  Mixes high-90's fastball with excellent changeup to completely mess up opposing hitters. Can't seem to stay healthy yet.

6. Ray Clark - Control pitcher, has shown signs of being able to dominate.  Good 2003 season will be rewarded with promotion to high-A Tampa or possibly even Trenton.

7. Alex Graman - Spent entire season with AAA after making 20 starts for them in 2002.  Just turned 26, but hasn't had a really good season since 2001.

8. Tyler Clippard - Yankees 9th round draft pick in 2003 had an impressive debut for the GCL Yankees.  Compiled a 2.89 ERA in 43.2 innings and struck out a whopping 56 batters (11.5 K/9) while walking just 5 (1.0 BB/9) for a sparkling 11.2 K/BB ratio.  0.88 WHIP was also pretty nice.  At just 18 years old, need a lot more time in the minors.

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