The Angels have released infielder Kean Wong and sent lefty Hector Yan outright to Triple-A Salt Lake after he cleared waivers, per a team announcement. Both were designated for assignment within the past week.
Wong, the younger brother of Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong, was a fourth-round pick by the Rays back in 2013 but has yet to find his footing in the big leagues. The 26-year-old has seen MLB times both with Tampa Bay and the Halos but managed only a .167/.188/.218 output in an admittedly small sample of 84 plate appearances. He’s had more success in Triple-A, where he’s a career .293/.355/.421 hitter in more than 1600 Triple-A plate appearances. Wong also still has a pair of minor league option years remaining.
Yan, 22, spent the 2021 season with the Angels’ Class-A Advanced affiliate and pitched 82 1/3 innings with an unsightly 5.25 ERA with a 24.7% strikeout rate and a 15.2% walk rate. Yan ranked eight among Angels farmhands at Baseball America in the 2020-21 offseason, drawing praise for his deceptive delivery, a fastball that can reach 98 mph and a trio of offspeed pitches that need refinement but all have the potential to be average or better. After going unclaimed on waivers, he can head to the minors to continue working on improving his command and/or improving his secondary pitches.