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Chien-Ming Wang PRoyals

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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
27.3 4.51 1.48 13 1 1 0 0.0
Birth Date3-31-1980
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age36 years, 2 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-1.12012
-0.32013
2014
2015
-0.12016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2005 NYA MLB 18 17 116.3 113 32 47 9 .264 102 8.7 2.5 0.7 3.6 65% .265 .240 1.25 4.23 4.02 0 0.00 0.0
2006 NYA MLB 34 33 218.0 233 52 76 12 .258 106 9.6 2.1 0.5 3.1 64% .292 .229 1.31 3.95 3.63 91 5.93 -0.3
2007 NYA MLB 30 30 199.3 199 59 104 9 .265 103 9.0 2.7 0.4 4.7 58% .295 .233 1.29 3.86 3.70 0 0.00 0.0
2008 NYA MLB 15 15 95.0 90 35 54 4 .263 103 8.5 3.3 0.4 5.1 55% .281 .234 1.32 3.77 4.07 106 5.19 0.4
2009 NYA MLB 12 9 42.0 66 19 29 7 .262 108 14.1 4.1 1.5 6.2 56% .396 .323 2.02 5.43 9.64 106 6.24 -0.4
2011 WAS MLB 11 11 62.3 67 13 25 8 .262 98 9.7 1.9 1.2 3.6 53% .272 .268 1.28 4.53 4.04 120 5.71 -0.5
2012 WAS MLB 10 5 32.3 50 15 15 5 .255 103 13.9 4.2 1.4 4.2 54% .375 .348 2.01 5.89 6.68 129 7.94 -1.1
2013 TOR MLB 6 6 27.0 40 9 14 5 .263 103 13.3 3.0 1.7 4.7 59% .368 .330 1.81 5.45 7.67 117 5.92 -0.3
2016 KCA MLB 23 0 30.0 32 10 19 4 .264 9.6 3.0 1.2 5.7 48% .301 .269 1.40 4.58 3.90 115 5.17 -0.1
CareerMLB159126822.389024438363.2621009.72.70.74.259%.298.2511.384.224.36653.62-2.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2000 STA A- 14 14 87.0 77 21 75 2 .000 8.0 2.2 0.2 7.8 0% -.758 .000 1.13 2.89 2.48
2002 STA A- 13 13 78.3 63 14 64 2 .000 7.2 1.6 0.2 7.4 0% .268 .000 0.98 2.60 1.72
2003 TRN AA 21 21 122.0 143 32 84 7 .000 10.5 2.4 0.5 6.2 0% .333 .000 1.43 3.48 4.65
2004 TRN AA 18 18 109.0 112 26 90 6 .000 9.2 2.1 0.5 7.4 0% .320 .000 1.27 3.11 4.05
2004 COH AAA 6 5 40.3 31 8 35 3 .000 6.9 1.8 0.7 7.8 0% .262 .000 0.97 3.15 2.01
2005 NYA MLB 18 17 116.3 113 32 47 9 .264 102 8.7 2.5 0.7 3.6 65% .265 .240 1.25 4.23 4.02
2005 COH AAA 6 6 34.0 40 6 21 4 .251 18 10.6 1.6 1.1 5.6 66% .324 .272 1.35 4.04 4.24
2006 NYA MLB 34 33 218.0 233 52 76 12 .258 106 9.6 2.1 0.5 3.1 64% .292 .229 1.31 3.95 3.63
2007 NYA MLB 30 30 199.3 199 59 104 9 .265 103 9.0 2.7 0.4 4.7 58% .295 .233 1.29 3.86 3.70
2007 TAM A+ 1 1 5.0 5 1 4 0 .241 101 9.0 1.8 0.0 7.2 44% .312 .205 1.20 2.92 5.40
2008 NYA MLB 15 15 95.0 90 35 54 4 .263 103 8.5 3.3 0.4 5.1 55% .281 .234 1.32 3.77 4.07
2009 NYA MLB 12 9 42.0 66 19 29 7 .262 108 14.1 4.1 1.5 6.2 56% .396 .323 2.02 5.43 9.64
2009 SWB AAA 2 2 13.0 7 3 7 0 .261 92 4.8 2.1 0.0 4.8 54% .189 .143 0.77 2.77 0.00
2011 WAS MLB 11 11 62.3 67 13 25 8 .262 98 9.7 1.9 1.2 3.6 53% .272 .268 1.28 4.53 4.04
2011 HAG A 1 1 3.0 4 0 3 0 .260 115 12.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 82% .364 .302 1.33 2.53 6.00
2011 POT A+ 1 1 4.0 1 2 2 0 .251 108 2.2 4.5 0.0 4.5 67% .111 .093 0.75 3.73 0.00
2011 HAR AA 2 2 11.0 8 0 3 0 .268 82 6.5 0.0 0.0 2.5 50% .222 .190 0.73 2.86 0.00
2011 SYR AAA 2 2 10.7 15 2 9 2 .245 88 12.7 1.7 1.7 7.6 55% .361 .337 1.59 4.83 6.75
2012 WAS MLB 10 5 32.3 50 15 15 5 .255 103 13.9 4.2 1.4 4.2 54% .375 .348 2.01 5.89 6.68
2012 HAG A 1 1 6.0 3 1 7 1 .216 112 4.5 1.5 1.5 10.5 33% .143 .186 0.67 3.91 1.50
2012 POT A+ 2 2 8.0 7 2 4 0 .251 104 7.9 2.2 0.0 4.5 59% .259 .239 1.12 3.14 4.50
2012 HAR AA 9 9 45.3 59 9 33 7 .258 102 11.7 1.8 1.4 6.6 59% .342 .315 1.50 4.35 6.75
2012 SYR AAA 3 3 20.7 26 5 8 1 .242 98 11.3 2.2 0.4 3.5 61% .338 .262 1.50 4.03 4.35
2013 TOR MLB 6 6 27.0 40 9 14 5 .263 103 13.3 3.0 1.7 4.7 59% .368 .330 1.81 5.45 7.67
2013 BUF AAA 9 8 51.7 46 12 30 3 .257 101 8.0 2.1 0.5 5.2 60% .262 .216 1.12 3.55 3.48
2013 SWB AAA 9 9 58.0 57 10 25 2 .254 97 8.8 1.6 0.3 3.9 59% .269 .222 1.16 3.36 2.33
2013 TPE int 2 2 12.0 10 1 3 0 .000 7.5 0.8 0.0 2.2 0% .256 .000 0.92 3.15 0.00
2013 TPE int 2 2 12.0 10 1 3 0 .000 7.5 0.8 0.0 2.2 0% .256 .000 0.92 3.15 0.00
2014 CHR AAA 9 9 53.3 71 12 23 2 .249 115 12.0 2.0 0.3 3.9 56% .354 .257 1.56 3.66 5.06
2014 LOU AAA 19 19 119.3 129 45 50 4 .244 108 9.7 3.4 0.3 3.8 55% .305 .249 1.46 4.21 3.70
2015 GWN AAA 11 10 62.0 96 21 28 3 .259 98 13.9 3.0 0.4 4.1 56% .397 .315 1.89 3.95 6.10
2015 TAC AAA 11 10 68.0 89 14 23 8 .272 108 11.8 1.9 1.1 3.0 53% .316 .284 1.51 5.07 5.69
2016 KCA MLB 23 0 30.0 32 10 19 4 .264 9.6 3.0 1.2 5.7 48% .301 .269 1.40 4.58 3.90

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1342 0.4613 0.4620 0.8387 0.6591 0.2932 0.9191 0.6840 0.1613
2009 738 0.5014 0.4539 0.8299 0.6459 0.2609 0.8954 0.6667 0.1701
2011 895 0.5229 0.4559 0.8799 0.6560 0.2365 0.9153 0.7723 0.1201
2012 564 0.4770 0.4167 0.8553 0.6171 0.2339 0.8976 0.7536 0.1447
2013 409 0.4694 0.4401 0.8444 0.6510 0.2535 0.9120 0.6909 0.1556
2016 401 0.5087 0.4763 0.8586 0.7010 0.2437 0.8951 0.7500 0.1414
Career43490.4880.45280.85020.65390.26010.90860.7150.1498

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-07-01 2012-09-04 15-DL 65 58 Right Hip Strain - -
2012-03-26 2012-05-22 15-DL 57 42 Left Thigh Recovery From Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-15 2012-03-26 Camp 11 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-09-19 2011-09-24 DTD 5 5 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-03-28 2011-07-29 60-DL 123 104 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Anterior Capsule Ligament 2009-07-29
2010-03-26 2010-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Anterior Capsule Ligament 2009-07-29
2009-07-05 2009-11-05 60-DL 123 82 Right Shoulder Surgery Anterior Capsule Ligament 2009-07-29
2009-04-19 2009-05-22 15-DL 33 29 Right Hip Weakness Abductor Muscle -
2008-06-16 2008-09-29 60-DL 105 92 Right Foot Sprain Lis Franc Joint and Peroneal Longus Running Bases -
2008-05-19 2008-05-25 DTD 6 5 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2007-09-04 2007-09-04 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2007-03-23 2007-04-24 15-DL 32 18 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-12 2007-03-13 Camp 1 0 Right Wrist Soreness -
2006-03-26 2006-03-26 Camp 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2005-07-09 2005-09-06 15-DL 59 52 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2004-03-08 2004-03-08 Camp 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2003-08-21 2003-09-15 Minors 25 0 Right Shoulder Sprain - -
2003-06-30 2003-07-19 Minors 19 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2003-06-12 2003-06-23 Minors 11 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger - -
2002-04-04 2002-06-17 Minors 74 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery 2001-04-05 -
2001-04-03 2001-09-05 Minors 155 0 Right Shoulder Surgery 2001-04-05 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 KCA $1,000,000
2015 ATL $
2014 CIN $
2013 NYA $
2012 WAS $4,000,000
2011 WAS $1,000,000
2010 WAS $2,000,000
2009 NYA $5,000,000
2008 NYA $4,000,000
2007 NYA $489,500
2006 NYA $353,175
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$16,842,675
2011Current$1,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$17,842,675
8 yrTotal$17,842,675

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 16 dAlan Nero1 year/$1M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/7/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $1.5M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Kansas City 4/3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 11/10/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Atlanta 6/15. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 7/11/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 11/18/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Cincinnati 7/13/14. Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 7/16/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/23/13 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 6/6/13. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 6/7/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Toronto 6/11/13. DFA by Toronto 7/3/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/5/13. Contract selected by Toronto 8/24/13. DFA by Toronto 8/26/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/27/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$4M (2012). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 11/3/11.
  • 1 year/$1M (2011). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 12/16/10. $4M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2M (2010). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/19/10. $3M in performance bonuses. Non-tendered by Washington 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$5M (2009). Re-signed by NY Yankees 12/22/08 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by NY Yankees 12/12/09.
  • 1 year/$4M (2008). Lost arbitration with NY Yankees 2/15/08 ($4.6M-$4M).
  • 1 year/$0.4895M (2007). Renewed by NY Yankees 3/07.
  • 1 year/$353,175 (2006).
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2000 as an amateur free agent from Taiwan. $1.9M signing bonus.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 7.3 8.8 0 23 23 135.4 142 36 49 13 .274 1.32 4.30 4.67 9.6 1.0
80o 6.7 8.9 0 22 22 129.2 144 36 47 13 .286 1.39 4.65 5.05 4.1 0.4
70o 6.3 8.9 0 22 22 124.9 144 36 46 13 .294 1.45 4.91 5.33 0.5 0.1
60o 5.9 8.9 0 21 21 121.2 145 37 44 13 .301 1.50 5.13 5.57 -2.3 -0.3
50o 5.6 8.9 0 20 20 117.8 145 37 43 13 .307 1.54 5.34 5.8 -4.8 -0.5
40o 5.3 8.9 0 20 20 114.5 146 37 42 13 .314 1.59 5.55 6.03 -7.1 -0.8
30o 4.9 8.9 0 19 19 111.0 146 37 41 13 .321 1.64 5.78 6.28 -9.3 -1.0
20o 4.6 8.9 0 18 18 107.0 146 37 39 13 .329 1.71 6.05 6.57 -11.6 -1.3
10o 4 8.9 0 17 17 101.5 146 37 37 13 .340 1.80 6.43 6.99 -14.5 -1.6
Weighted Mean5.68.902020117.8144364313.3061.535.325.78-4.6-0.5

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 6/28/2016 09:36 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 1.3 1.3 0 26 0 40.1 39 12 18 3 .270 1.26 3.62 3.86 2.5 0.3
80o 1.3 1.3 0 26 0 35.7 37 11 16 3 .281 1.33 3.92 4.18 1.5 0.2
70o 1.3 1.3 0 26 0 32.5 35 10 15 3 .288 1.38 4.14 4.42 0.8 0.1
60o 1.3 1.3 0 26 0 29.9 33 10 14 2 .295 1.43 4.33 4.62 0.2 0.0
50o 1.3 1.4 0 26 0 27.5 31 9 13 2 .302 1.48 4.51 4.81 -0.4 -0.0
40o 1.3 1.4 0 26 0 25.1 29 9 11 2 .308 1.52 4.69 5 -1.0 -0.1
30o 1.2 1.4 0 26 0 22.7 27 8 10 2 .315 1.57 4.88 5.21 -1.6 -0.2
20o 1.2 1.4 0 26 0 19.8 25 7 9 2 .323 1.63 5.11 5.45 -2.3 -0.3
10o 1.2 1.4 0 26 0 16.0 21 6 7 2 .334 1.72 5.43 5.8 -3.4 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.31.4026027.2319122.3001.474.494.8-0.4-0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
5% 17% 9% 3% 34%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2017372308848611619753.3131.625.135.6411.53.03.61.3-0.3
2018382308848631619753.3151.635.175.6811.73.03.51.3-0.3
2019392308847611618753.3141.645.175.6811.73.13.41.3-0.3
2020402308848631618753.3141.635.215.7311.73.03.41.3-0.3
2021412308847611517753.3131.635.215.7311.82.93.31.3-0.3
2022422307743561416653.3131.635.245.7611.72.93.31.3-0.3
2023432307739511314653.3141.645.285.8011.83.03.21.4-0.3
2024442307740521314653.3141.645.285.8011.82.93.21.4-0.3
2025452307739511314653.3141.665.305.8211.93.03.31.4-0.3

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173711030032341119453.2961.424.565.019.73.15.41.1-0.1
20183821032034381220453.2981.474.585.0310.13.25.31.1-0.1
20193911030032351118453.3001.454.655.119.93.15.11.1-0.1
2020401002402629914353.3021.484.785.2510.23.24.91.1-0.2
20214121034036401321553.2961.464.645.109.93.25.21.2-0.2
202343100150161759253.2981.404.464.909.82.95.21.1-0.0
2024441001601718610253.2981.444.464.909.73.25.41.1-0.0
202545100130141558253.3001.464.534.989.93.35.31.3-0.0

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
out of baseballout of baseball8.3out of baseballout of baseball2.68.3

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
2015out of baseballout of baseball8.3out of baseballout of baseball2.68.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 86 Randy Keisler 2012 0.00 DNP
2 85 Jared Fernandez 2008 0.00 DNP
3 84 Nate Bump 2013 0.00 DNP
4 84 Jeremy Powell 2012 0.00 DNP
5 83 Pat Ahearne 2006 0.00 DNP
6 82 Brian Lawrence 2012 0.00 DNP
7 81 Claudio Vargas 2014 0.00 DNP
8 81 Tim Corcoran 2014 0.00 DNP
9 80 Nerio Rodriguez 2007 0.00 DNP
10 80 Nate Robertson 2014 0.00 DNP
11 80 Eric Junge 2013 0.00 DNP
12 79 Chuck Smith 2006 0.00 DNP
13 79 Matt Palmer 2015 0.00 DNP
14 79 Marty McLeary 2011 0.00 DNP
15 78 Jason Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
16 78 Chris Michalak 2007 0.00 DNP
17 78 R.A. Dickey 2011 3.67
18 78 Chris Bootcheck 2015 0.00 DNP
19 78 Mark Redman 2010 0.00 DNP
20 77 Ryan Drese 2012 0.00 DNP
21 75 Brandon Duckworth 2012 0.00 DNP
22 75 Giancarlo Alvarado 2014 0.00 DNP
23 75 Ariel Prieto 2006 0.00 DNP
24 74 John Wasdin 2009 0.00 DNP
25 74 Valerio De Los Santos 2009 0.00 DNP
26 74 Kris Benson 2011 0.00 DNP
27 74 Mike Hampton 2009 5.71
28 74 Bryan Corey 2010 0.00 DNP
29 73 Vladimir Nunez 2011 0.00 DNP
30 73 Nelson Figueroa 2010 3.68
31 73 Ken Ray 2011 0.00 DNP
32 72 Jake Westbrook 2014 0.00 DNP
33 72 Zane Smith 1997 0.00 DNP
34 72 Shawn Estes 2009 0.00 DNP
35 72 Joel Pineiro 2015 0.00 DNP
36 71 Hyang-Nam Choi 2007 0.00 DNP
37 71 Danny Graves 2010 0.00 DNP
38 71 Bob Friend 1967 0.00 DNP
39 71 Kirk Bullinger 2006 0.00 DNP
40 70 Brian Gordon 2015 0.00 DNP
41 70 Travis Driskill 2008 0.00 DNP
42 70 Dick Donovan 1964 4.89
43 69 Ryan Vogelsong 2014 4.14
44 69 Mark Portugal 1999 5.99
45 69 Paul Splittorff 1983 4.38
46 69 Steve Sparks 2002 6.38
47 69 Larry Jackson 1967 3.82
48 69 Mike Flanagan 1988 4.48
49 69 Mark Hendrickson 2010 5.50
50 69 Pat Mahomes 2007 0.00 DNP
51 68 Charlie Leibrandt 1993 5.03
52 68 Sonny Siebert 1973 5.09
53 68 Kip Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
54 68 Jim Perry 1972 3.85
55 68 Lew Burdette 1963 4.43
56 68 Darren Oliver 2007 4.34
57 68 Murry Dickson 1953 7.36
58 68 Mark Buehrle 2015 4.53
59 68 Steve Ontiveros 1997 0.00 DNP
60 68 Bryn Smith 1992 4.64
61 68 Milt Wilcox 1986 5.98
62 68 Rick Rhoden 1989 4.56
63 67 Tommy John 1979 3.55
64 67 Rick Reuschel 1985 2.69
65 67 Sean Bergman 2006 0.00 DNP
66 67 Jim Hearn 1957 4.26
67 67 Curt Simmons 1965 4.61
68 67 Ron Darling 1997 0.00 DNP
69 67 Brooks Lawrence 1961 0.00 DNP
70 67 Jeremy Guthrie 2015 6.13
71 67 Bronson Arroyo 2013 3.92
72 67 Dave Roberts 1981 9.98
73 67 Ken Forsch 1983 4.35
74 67 Brian Sanches 2015 0.00 DNP
75 67 Jim Lonborg 1978 5.38
76 67 Terry Mulholland 1999 5.02
77 67 Ray Herbert 1966 4.83
78 67 Sandy Consuegra 1957 6.23
79 67 Cal McLish 1962 4.89 DNP
80 67 Bob Feller 1955 4.66
81 67 Carl Pavano 2012 6.57
82 67 Mike Cuellar 1973 4.01
83 66 Orel Hershiser 1995 4.09
84 66 Gary Glover 2013 0.00 DNP
85 66 Andy Ashby 2004 0.00
86 66 Aaron Sele 2006 4.96
87 66 Kevin Gross 1997 7.11
88 66 Elmer Dessens 2007 8.47
89 66 Bob Tewksbury 1997 4.43
90 66 Jamey Wright 2011 3.42
91 66 Frank Lary 1966 0.00 DNP
92 66 Kirk Rueter 2007 0.00 DNP
93 66 Ed Lopat 1954 3.92
94 66 Geoff Zahn 1982 3.92
95 66 Al Downing 1977 7.20
96 66 Jarrod Washburn 2011 0.00 DNP
97 66 Ken Johnson 1969 4.62
98 66 Todd Williams 2007 7.53
99 66 Bill Krueger 1994 7.12
100 66 Kenshin Kawakami 2011 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Chien-Ming Wang, it's been said by his countrymen, could probably get elected to public office in Taiwan, where his future might lie after big-league hitters voted a resounding no on his bid to hang on to his seat in the rotation with deeply damaged stuff.
2013 Re-signed by the Nationals to a $4 million deal after bouncing back from shoulder surgery in 2011, Wang was bitten by the injury bug again last spring, spending two months on the shelf with a hamstring strain, and then two more months off the field in the summer with a hip ailment. In between those disabled-list stints, he showed signs of wear from the mélange of maladies that have derailed his career, beginning with the Lisfranc sprain he incurred while running the bases in 2008. Wang still features a bowling-ball sinker, but the pitch’s velocity is down to 91 from its 93-mph peak, and his once-solid control betrayed him in 2012. There’s still enough here for a healthy Wang to serve as a fifth starter or swingman, but agent Alan Nero will struggle to do better than a minor-league hitch this time around.
2012 Coming back from a bad shoulder, Wang showed decent form (less a little bit of velocity) for the Nats, particularly late in the season. He's re-upped for 2012, and he'll be in the mix for the tail two slots in the rotation. People underestimate how much effort and tenacity it takes to come back from one discrete injury, much less a clusterf--k of injuries, form degradation, surgeries, interrupted practice and training regimens, etc. Wang's still got that hard sinking pitch that he occasionally leaves up, but it's lost a little nastiness. He's a reasonable bet to pitch well, but without a lot of upside. If he can get another mph back on his stuff, he could be a quality rotation guy, even without the gaudy K rates usually necessary to do that.
2011 Former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang didn't heal up from shoulder surgery in time to pitch, but he'll be back with the Nats on an incentive-laden deal to see if he's any closer to resuming his career.
2010 Wang has had two lost years already, and the bad news is that his time in the wilderness isn't yet over. Having lost more than half of 2008 to a lisfranc (mid-foot) injury, Wang's 2009 was noisily derailed by shoulder problems which required season-ending surgery. Rehabilitation efforts having put off the surgery until July, Wang might not be ready to pitch until after Opening Day. The Yankees wisely decided not to let a wounded pitcher take them to arbitration and non-tendered Wang in December, creating a scenario in which Wang might not even sign with another club until after a Freddy Garcia-style rehab-and-scones series of brunch auditions for interested clubs. What they'll see is anyone's guess. Wang's velocity was quite good even with the injury; it was lost command that was his undoing. Wang always has been unusual, a hard-throwing, pitch-to-contact, righty sinkerballer, so the form of his recovery is harder to predict than that of a more generic hurler.
2009 The best that can be said for Wang's injury-aborted season is that at least he didn't hurt his arm—halfway through a shutout of the Astros at Houston on June 15, Wang injured his foot running the bases. It was the dreaded "mid-foot sprain of the Lisfranc ligament and partial tear of the peroneal longus tendon of the right foot," and Wang spent the rest of the year getting around with various casts and crutches. Before the injury his ground-ball rate was down a bit and his strikeouts and walks both up—pitching coach Dave Eiland had him going to his slider in strikeout situations instead of trying to induce grounders. The Yankees signed him to an arbitration-avoiding one-year contract, and he'll be back in the rotation, albeit now as an overqualified third or fourth starter.
2008 Surviving an early hamstring pull, which kept him on the DL until late April and likely cost him a 20-win season, and a split fingernail that troubled him from May on, Wang was largely consistent with what he's done before. The only difference was a slight slippage in his signature groundball rate and an accompanying rise in strikeouts as, from time to time, Wang chose to emphasize his slider rather than his sinker. This resulted in six starts of six or more strikeouts, topping out at 10 against the Mets on June 17. The only blemish on his season was his two horrific starts against the Indians in the ALDS-in 5.2 innings he gave up 12 runs. Assuming those starts were largely the result of nerves and good Cleveland hitting, there's no reason not to expect more consistency from Wang in 2008.
2007 Wang shouldn`t work. Though he gets his fastball into the mid-90s, Wang struck out just 3.14 batters per nine innings last year. A pitcher who allows that many balls in play should, according to the physical laws of the universe, get killed--if not all the time, then often--because many of those balls will fall in. What makes Wang the great exception to the rule is that batters can`t lift his heavy stuff--among pitchers with at least 150 innings pitched, only Derek Lowe and Brandon Webb allowed a lower percentage of fly balls. Some of Wang`s grounders do go for singles, but he mitigates those by being stingy with walks and extra-base hits--he led the majors in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings pitched (0.5), and in lowest isolated power allowed (.098). Restricted to advancing one base at a time, the opposition has to shoot a lot of balls in a row past a diving Derek Jeter to have a big inning. As long as Wang`s sinker is as good as it is, there`s no reason to think he can`t keep this up.
2006 Like a good science-fiction story, Wang compels you to suspend your disbelief. His strikeout rate is too low, especially for a player who can dial it up into the 90s. He`s had too many arm problems: shoulder surgery in 2001, and recurring shoulder problems in 2003 and 2005. He`s a young pitcher on the Yankees, yet he succeeds. That the Taiwanese Terror is a groundball machine goes a long way towards explaining these inconsistencies in his story; he can get by with fewer strikeouts than the average pitcher. At times he`s terrifically stingy with the home run, not allowing one until his seventh major league start. His great calm and presence helped him beat Torre`s bias against young players. Bouncing back from his latest shoulder injury despite rumors he might be done for the year, he pitched well in September and in his sole postseason start. The main questions are whether he can continue to get by with so few strikeouts, and when his arm will break down again. Readers who bought this kind of pitcher also purchased Ray Bradbury`s `Martian Chronicles` and `The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World` by Harlan Ellison.
2005 Taiwanese import who has lost development time to shoulder injuries. His performances have varied with health, mostly to the bad, but he finally regained some of his luster with 40 good-looking innings at Triple-A late in the year. His fastball reportedly has returned from the land of the dead, but his secondary pitches are erratic. If he continues pitching well, he'll move to the top of the emergency starter/trade bait pile.
2004 Wang missed all of 2001 following shoulder surgery. While he seems to have mastered the New York-Penn League (10-5. 2.12 ERA in 27 career starts), he wasn't able to carry that through a full season at Double-A. getting hit hard down the stretch in '03. If the Yankees had more depth, or if Wang wasn't an expensive international signing from Taiwan, he probably wouldn't be listed here. He may need to move to the bullpen to reach the majors, because there's no third pitch so far.

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2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that the Nationals can keep up their winning? Or will they become just another average team?
(Luis from Richmond)
I do think they can keep up their winning, as their record is essentially in line with their peripheral factors; their actual winning percentage (.581) and Hit List Factor (.580) are both tops in the league, and right in line with each other.

That said, they're likely going to have to do something about Stephen Strasburg late in the year, whether they hew to a hardline stance regarding his innings total or play it by ear. With Chien-Ming Wang turning into a pumpkin, they'll eventually need a reinforcement for that rotation, somebody better than the farmed-out John Lannan. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Nationals find themselves in a position that would be a little uncomfortable if it didn't contrast so favorably with any decision they have had the past 7 years. Chien-Ming Wang is going to come back from the DL, and find Ross Detwiler in his spot with a 3-1 record and 1.59 ERA. Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmermann aren't going anywhere, and Edwin Jackson is only having a lesser year by comparison. We are told Wang can't pitch out of the bullpen. What can Mike Rizzo do?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Not pitch Chien-Ming Wang? I'm not sure Chien-Ming Wang's health is any more relevant to the Nationals right now than, like, Dick Cheney's health. (Sam Miller)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think the real problem with Joba is that he used to throw 100 mph when he first came up, and now he doesn't. That slider he's so in love with is only effective when you're gearing up to hit 100 mph heaters. Why does he no longer hit 100 on the gun? Maybe he was really airing it out at first, trying to impress. Or maybe they were using the Chien-Ming Wang gun every time Joba pitched.
(John Foley from Los Angeles)
Now where was I? Thanks for holding up for the radio. Always a fun time with Bob Haynie. As I said in an earlier comment, he fell on his arm in a game in Texas, and what was billed as a minor injury at the time seems to have had major repercussions for his velocity. (Steven Goldman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know this is generally Will's area but do you see Webb as being worth a flier? Shoulder injuries seem particularly tought to overcome.
(Matt from Chicago)
I think he will be, and the Nats are reportedly interested. Maybe that's a case of trying to repeat the tedium of the Chien-Ming Wang experience, especially if Webb was having a hard time getting his stuff into the mid-80s in instructional league, but an incentive-laden deal isn't the worst idea in the world. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)It seems clear from most of the Nationals blogs that The Constituency is no longer patient, and Mike Rizzo's honeymoon is already over. I have been pretty happy with the moves the Nats made this off-season, but I have to agree that too much depends on the health of folks like Chien-Ming Wang, Scott Olsen and even Chris Duncan. The Nats will be better this year, because they can't help but be. However, is the view of the Nats' offseason more charitable at BP or anywhere else outside of Nats fans' disgruntled little world?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
The kinds of things the Nationals need to do to improve their team just can't be done in a single offseason. To evaluate them on that basis almost isn't fair. I feel the same way about Rizzo. I have a hard time identifying actual things he's done that are that bad. I don't love the Pudge signing and Wang is probably done (but it's a nice gamble). They have to focus on the draft and on international scouting. There's no other path to .500. (I'll hold off on a discussion of Adam Dunn for the next question.) (Tommy Bennett)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Yankees need to do to hold onto (I know its early) a playoff spot? Sort through their pile of middle relief arms? Or do they need to make a trade? Anything else they should address? Do you think the improved defense and increased Ks mean they are less likely to crash out of the Division Series, as they did in '02, '05-'07?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! The Yanks certainly need to fortify their bullpen, and in the forthcoming BP/ESPN soup du jour I've advocated they try Phil Hughes in relief once Chien-Ming Wang reclaims his starting job. I'd also like to see them give Mark Melancon another look, but I suspect they probably need to get an experienced arm from outside the organization if Brian Bruney's not going to be back anytime soon.

The improved D and high-K staff are nice, but they're compromised by the homer-iffic tendencies of the staff, particularly the bullpen. Until we see Sabathia, Chamberlain and Burnett all firing on the requisite cylinders, I don't think they've got anything that guarantees them a playoff spot, let alone a ride through to the LCS round. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)In reference to the troubles of Wang, you wrote, "we've seen this before,". According to the blog River Ave. Blues, we have not, in fact, seen this before. "Of the 18 pitchers since 1954, to give up seven or more earned runs in three consecutive starts, Chien-Ming Wang’s totals are by far the worst of the lot." Thoughts? Am I taking you too literally (if so I apologize)?
(mattymatty from Philly)
It's a difference of degree, not kind. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the first waiver claim in my fantasy league (roto, non keeper, mixed, 11 teams). I was waiting to use it on Matt Wieters when he gets called up, but someone just dropped Chien-Ming Wang. Do I spend it on him instead? I have Joe Mauer on the DL, btw.
(OldBean from Boston)
Unless you're in my league, the answer is no. If you are in my league, yes, please God yes, use your waiver pick on Wang. (Marc Normandin)


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Chien-Ming Wang has thrown 5,288 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph). He also rarely throws a Change (82mph) and Curve (78mph).