LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Pirates lost left-hander Wei-Chung Wang to the Milwaukee Brewers in today's Rule 5 draft.
Wang, 21, pitched in 12 games, starting 11 of them, for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates in 2013. He struck out 42 batters and walked only four in 471/3 innings and had a 3.23 ERA.
Wang had only pitched for one year in professional baseball when he signed his first pro contract in 2011, which traditionally means he is ineligible for Rule 5 selection. The Pirates discovered Wang needed Tommy John surgery after he signed his contract, however, and voided the deal.
When teams void a contract, the Rule 5 stipulations, which allow for four years to evaluate a player before the player becomes eligible – five if he signs while he's 18 or younger – no longer apply.
"Once you sign him to a new deal, at that point once it’s taken care of, at that point the player is then eligible for a Rule 5 draft every year," Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks said.
The Pirates also lost two minor leaguers in the minor league phase of the draft: catcher Charles Cutler, who went to the Chicago Cubs, and right-hander Roberto Espinosa, who went to Toronto.
The Pirates selected right-handers Tyler Sample from the Kansas City Royals, A.J. Morris from the Chicago Cubs and Felipe Gonzalez from the New York Yankees.