For starting pitcher Yao-Lin Wang, getting “held back” may turn him into the Rhodes Scholar of baseball.
In his first season with the Class-A Boise Hawks, Wang did nothing more than struggle on the mound. Through four games, Wang carried a 6.43 ERA, allowed 19 hits with nine walks through only 14 innings.
Since arriving in Boise this season Wang is 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA through nine games; best among Hawks starters.
From opening day Wang defined himself as the true “ace” of the Hawks rotation. Save one start against the Vancouver Canadians on the road, he has yet to allow more than two runs.
First-year manager Mark Johnson has limited Wang’s outings to five innings this season, a duration that has proved successful for Wang. In a league so focused around personal instructions, shorter amounts of game-action paired with detailed practices have helped Wang mature immensly as a starting pitcher.
Wang can most likely be seen again on Aug. 3 against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the second game of their five game series at Memorial Stadium.
In a five game series in Everett, WA. the Hawks dropped four of five games after taking two of three against the Indians at Home.
Newly promoted relief pitcher Joseph Zeller currently leads the team in ERA at 1.59 through five games with one win in his second stint with the Hawks. Last season, Zeller was 0-1 with a 6.49 ERA.
Reggie Golden – second selection in the 2010 First-Year Players Draft by the Chicago Cubs – will look to rebound from a six game slump in which he only edged out two hits. Golden has not yet produced the way scouts expected, though his raw talent and potential is still very valuable.
After nine months that included an outspoken actor “winning”, La Niña freezing and Osama Bin Laden dying, baseball is finally back for the summer.
Today, the Hawks arrive for the first time in 2011, and begin the monotonous schedule of “media day”, followed by a season ticket holder exhibition game. The Hawks will play the Idaho Cubs prospect team, led by Bench Coach Gary Van Tol, composed of high school players in the greater Treasure Valley area with hopes to play at the next level.
Familiar faces on the Hawks roster this season include pitchers Kyler Burke (2007-08), Dustin Fitzgerald (2010), Yao-Lin Wang (2010); infielders Wes Darvill (2010) and Dustin Harrington (2010); outfielders Ping-Chieh Chen (2010) and D.J. Fitzgerald (2009). More to come on returning players later tonight following the media day meet-and-greet.
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