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Suk-Min Yoon throws for Orioles and Giants

Feb 2, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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According to a report from Korean news service SBS, as translated by Dan Kurtz at, free agent right-hander Suk-Min Yoon had a throwing session in front of Orioles and Giants scouts this past Friday at the University of California-Irvine.

Yoon, who has served as both a starter and reliever, made about 30 full-effort throws from atop a mound.

The 27-year-old is also thought to be drawing interest from the Red Sox, Indians, and Twins, and there was a report last week that four clubs had already made official offers. Yoon has been represented by agent Scott Boras since November 2011. He won the 2011 MVP in the Korean Baseball Organization after posting a 2.45 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 172 1/3 innings.

  1. mmeyer3387 - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Clearly interesting, maybe a diamond in the ruff?

  2. grnthghs - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    What was their conclusion regarding Yoon’s skills? I guess they didn’t tell you Silva? Typical journalistic expose and no conclusion keeping the general public hanging tuning into next weeks serial of old. And now tune-in to the next “Adventures of Superman!”

    • jya87 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      I think I can help you there.

      While Yoon was considered a better pitcher than Hyun Jin Ryu in 2011, Yoon dealt with a shoulder injury in 2013. Since then, over 11 starts he had a 4.16 ERA and a 3.60 ERA over 19 relief appearances in the KBO. Those are limited numbers, but a glance at his stats don’t show any completely garbage outings (ie. 6 ER over an inning of work), which suggests his stats are reflective of his current abilities.

      That he threw a career high of innings in 2011 (172 IP) and that he has yet to sign so far seem to indicate that teams haven’t been overly impressed with his stuff, or are concerned about his durability. This particular armchair analyst characterizes Yoon’s stuff as “fringe” after watching a few Youtube videos.

      Of course, Yoon could be throwing 99 MPH darts and Scott Boras could be trying to land a Tanaka deal for Yoon. One thing is for sure: “He may sign soon.”

    • dashiellx - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit is it?

      “According to a report from Korean news service SBS, as translated by Dan Kurtz at,”…..

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Yoon throws a fastball at 90-92 mph (tops out at 96 mph), a change-up, an occasional curveball, and a hard-breaking, mid-80s slider. He can pitch the slider more like a cutter when facing left-handed batters. With a shoulder injury Yoon lost about 2 mph on his fastball.

  3. thebirdsareback - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    The Orioles would benefit greatly from his talents. The more good arms in the pen the better. And the Orioles definitely need them

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