|Report Date:||March 21st, 2018|
When Wong was previously evaluated in the Cape Cod League, he was working out of the bullpen for the Orleans Firebirds. Now back to anchoring the Grand Canyon rotation, Wong was effective against Penn State on March 8th, striking out 10 over six innings, while allowing four hits and zero runs.
At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Wong has a strong, durable frame. Working with a compact, quick arm from a three-quarter slot with a shallow wrap and short arm circle, Wong shows plus arm strength, and plus fastball velocity ranging from 91-to-94 mph. While he was able to run his fastball up to 96 mph in a relief role, it sat mostly at 92-to-93 mph in this outing, with boring action and run to both sides of the plate. His command of this offering was erratic during the start, but projects as average. At 74-to-78 mph, his curveball is a projectable, plus pitch, with 12-6 movement with sharp, late break, which differs from the 80-to-81 mph power breaking ball he showed last summer. He occasionally mixed in a ¾ depth version of the curveball, with slurvy action to vary the look. Wong showed some feel for an average change-up at 85-to-86 mph, but it was seldom used in this view.
As a collegiate starter with three average or better pitches, Wong should be given the opportunity to develop in the rotation as a professional, however he projects to have more value as a bullpen piece where his stuff will play up. With a strong summer and early spring returns to go on, Wong could come off the board late in day one or early in day two of the MLB Draft.