The New York Yankees are looking to add another veteran starting pitcher to their organization and Chien-Ming Wang might just be the man for the job.
New York’s former ace is coming off of a strong performance for the Chinese Taipei team in the World Baseball Classic. Wang allowed 10 hits in 12 scoreless innings, and finished the international tournament with a 1-0 record.
The Yankees decided to scout Wang to see if he finally found his groove again after undergoing season-ending surgery on his shoulder several years ago. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark-Star Ledger, New York clocked Wang throwing 93 miles per hour in one of his starts.
The right-hander’s outstanding execution and velocity on his fastball are two reasons why the Yankees wanted to try him out on Wednesday afternoon. If he displays a solid repertoire of pitches with similar velocity and movement he showed in the WBC, then New York needs to give him a shot in camp.
The chances of Wang clinching an Opening Day roster spot this late in Spring Training is slim to none, especially since the Yankees have a good idea of who their starting five are going to be.
However, there is no reason why New York cannot sign him to a Minor League contract and allow him to pitch in Triple-A. This way, the organization can be absolutely sure what they got in him, and they will also have a talented pitcher on standby if injuries occur.
Wang spent his first five years in the big leagues with the Yankees in which he had plenty of success. He posted back-to-back seasons with 19 wins and a respectable earned run average. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury that ended his horrific 2009 season has never allowed him to be the same player.
New York is hoping that Wang’s performance in the WBC means he is ready to have a significant impact in Major League Baseball once again.