Nationals

Nationals

Chien-Ming Wang last appeared in the majors in 2013 with the Blue Jays and has never really been known for his fastball velocity. The former Nationals starter's career-high for average fastball velocity is 93.1 miles per hour, set back in 2006 when he was with the Yankees.

But at 35-years-old, Wang has found some extra gas for his heater. According to a report from MLB.com, Wang is sitting at 94-95 miles per hour as he attempts an MLB comeback with the Kansas City Royals.

Apparently Wang has been working with pitching expert Ron Wolforth, who helped Wang improve from the sub-90s fastball he was throwing last year. Wang spent some time in the Independent League last summer, as reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic.

Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland even remarked that Wang looks like he did in his mid-20s when he was one of the best pitchers in baseball.

"He looks now like the same pitcher I had 8 or 9 years ago. A little amazing," Eiland told MLB.com.

Wang spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Washington. He went 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 21 total games with the Nats.

Wang finished second in AL Cy Young voting back in 2006 when he was with New York. This isn't to say he's back to that form - he posted a 7.13 ERA in his last two MLB seasons - but it does have the makings of a pretty cool story.

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[Via HardballTalk]