September 22, 2014

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.  The 21-year-old Wang 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 patters and walked only 4 in 47.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .209 batting average.

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.  The 28-year old Mattison hit .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.  The 25-year-old Catricala was traded from Seattle to Oakland on June 9, 2013.  He hit 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.  He was named the Mariners’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2011.

The Brewers didn’t lose a player in the Rule 5 Draft.