Brewers make three selections in Rule 5 Draft
The Milwaukee Brewers today selected three players in the Rule 5 Draft at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.
Left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang was selected in the first round of the Major League phase off the Triple-A Indianapolis roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wang, 21, went 1-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for the Rookie Gulf Coast League Pirates last season. He struck out 42 batters compared to just 4 walks in 47.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .209 batting average. A native of Taitung City, Taiwan, Wang was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on October 3, 2011.
Center fielder Kevin Mattison was selected in the first round of the Triple-A phase off the Double-A Jacksonville roster of the Miami Marlins. Mattison, 28, batted .216 with 7 HR, 31 RBI and 18 stolen bases with Triple-A New Orleans last season. He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the 28th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Third baseman Vinnie Catricala was selected in the second round of the Triple-A phase off the Double-A Midland roster of the Oakland Athletics. Catricala, 25, was traded from Seattle to Oakland on June 9, 2013. He batted a combined .235 with 7 HR and 47 RBI in 109 games between Double-A Jackson and Double-A Midland last season. Catricala, who was drafted by Seattle in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Hawaii, was named the Mariners' Minor League Player of the Year in 2011.
The Brewers did not lose a player in the Rule 5 Draft.