First starter Ryu Hyun-jin, second starter, Kim Kwang-hyun, Korean big leaguer, will be held in the double-walled era?
The status of pitchers Ryu Hyun-jin (33) and Kim Kwang-hyun (32) who represent Korean baseball is also becoming stronger on the continental U.S.
This is because Ryu Hyun-jin has become the Toronto Blue Jays ace, and Kim Kwang-hyun is expected to be the second or third starter for the St. Louis Cardinals next season.
“I think we can expect Jack Fleherty to recover from his last spring camp, summer camp and four months of pitching,” St. Louis coach Mike Silt said in a video interview with U.S. media on the 20th (Korean time), “Flagherty, Kim Kwang-hyun and Michael Micolais have secured three spots, and the rest of Osteen, Goverts, Carlos, Carlos.
Although Plehutti has pitched only 40ﬁ innings in nine games this year, it means he can use it as an ace next year without worrying about pitching innings, the first time that manager Silt mentioned starting from 1-3 with his real name. Kim Kwang-hyun was in charge of finishing the game when it opened in July, but immediately changed his position to a starter and played it well. In seven starts, he won three games without a win and earned run average of 1.42. In terms of performance and experience, some say that it is okay for Kim Kwang-hyun to start second.
MLB.com said on the 15th, “With Adam Wainwright going to the FA and Dakota Hudson having elbow surgery, Pleherty will lead the rotation next year with Kim Kwang-hyun, and this year’s elbow flexion injury, Shun Miles Micholas will recover until spring camp next year.” For the St. Louis Cardinals, the presence of Kim Kwang-hyun, who has successfully completed the starting verification this year at a time when he has to shake the existing rotation significantly due to injuries and transfers, is inevitable.
Ryu Hyun-jin is Toronto’s first starter, which does not need explanation. The Toronto fan site J.J. Journal said on the 21st, “The starting pitcher for next year’s opening game is Ryu Hyun-jin, and he will continue to play Toronto’s starting ace role.” He became one of the top pitchers not only in Toronto but also in the American League. He finished third in the Cy Young Award voting and also received votes in the MVP voting.’
In particular, the J.J. Journal emphasized his recent performance, saying, “Ryu Hyun-jin had a 2.70 ERA for three consecutive years, and last season, he averaged 9.7 strikeouts in nine innings to set his best record.” Following Ryu Hyun-jin, Toronto is expected to start with Nate Pearson, Robbie Ray, Ross Stripling, and Tanner Roark. However, some point out that reinforcement is needed because there is no stable pitcher among them.
There is news that Toronto is seeking to recruit Trevor Bauer, the largest FA language, but even if he comes, the status of ace Ryu Hyun-jin remains unchanged. Ryu Hyun-jin proved to be an ace in 12 games this year, his first season of transfer, with a 5-2 loss and a 2.69 ERA.
Ryu Hyun-jin and Kim Kwang-hyun were one-two punches for the Korean national team on the international stage in their early 20s. He won gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and also won the 2009 World Baseball Classic runner-up. The two players, who are in their mid-30s, moved to the Major League and were given the opportunity to raise the status of Korean baseball together for the first time in more than a decade.
The starting mound for the Korean big leaguer was led by Park Chan-ho alone in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and Ryu Hyun-jin joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 to take over baton. Now that Kim Kwang-hyun has joined in earnest, it is a sign that the era of the Korean starter “Ssangbyeok” will unfold in the U.S. continent.