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Another potential free agent pitcher: Korea’s Suk-Min Yoon

Nov 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

Suk Min Yoon

Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season.

It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of a decent double-A starter?  I don’t know that there’s a big enough sample of KBO players who made the move to the majors to say anything super intelligent.

For now just know that he has a 93 m.p.h. fastball, what Passan calls a hard slider and what scouts say is an above-average change. In 172 1/3 innings this season he had 178 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA.

  1. Joe - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    I’m not an expert on Korean Basebll, but if NPB is considered AAAA-level, then can KBO be any better than AA? If so, those numbers probably reflect a “useful” pitcher, not an ace.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Suk your Yoon? You can kiss my ass!

  3. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    That is one expensive #5 starter.

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