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KBO Off-Season Review: Part 2 – MLB Sports

This is Part 2 of my summary of what happened this winter in the KBO, a league that saw a surge in signatures that changed the outlook for some teams towards the 2022 season. Part 1 is here, KT Wiz, Samsung Lions, LG Twins, Doosan Bears, Kiwoom Heroes analysis. Part 2 discusses the remaining five teams: Landers, Dinos, Giants, Tigers, and Eagles.

Team note

SSG Landers
Shin-Soo Choo 추신수 Last season, he signed a one-year contract with Landers to move on to what he’s most good at, the base. Last season’s on-base percentage of .409 was ranked 6th among qualified KBO batters, and he took advantage of all his trips to first base by swiping 25 bags. Chu didn’t produce the huge home run total that Korean fans expected of him, but power wasn’t his strongest suit. Instead, he will be Landers’ excellent lead-off hitter for another year.

Will come back again Wilmer font 폰트Right holders who have fascinating things but have inconsistencies. He easily incites 9 or 10 batters when on, but otherwise he increases the pitch count with substandard commands and often cannot exceed 5 times. But he has the potential to dominate the KBO. So Landers commits to him again. Please count me too. I hope Font will trust his stuff and start finding places in the zone and even under the pipes. There will be few chances.Finally, because KBO players can now sign Non-free agent year multi-year contract,right handed Park Jong Hoon 박종훈 When Moon Seung Won 문승원, Outfielder Han Dong Min 한유섬 Everyone agreed to extend it for five years.

New entrants Kevin Cron Arriving to exchange Jamie Romak ✧맥, Was the first baseman of Landers (and formerly Wyvern) for five seasons. Cron will enter South Korea with a spectacular resume, including the 2019 .329 / .446 / .777 Triple-A line, but it’s worth noting that he played in the Pacific Coast League.Introducing them Bounce, bounce ball Returned to 2019. His NPB stint was boring (.239 / .296 / .433 in 95 games), which raises further concerns. However, Cron is only 28 years old and the benefits are enormous. The 30 or so home runs expected from his rookie KBO season seem reasonable.

If before this off-season, Landers was asked to guess which pitcher to sign, I would legally need 50 attempts. Ivan NovaThe name of the popup. Pitchers of the same age with pedigree rarely think of baseball in South Korea. But anyway, why chase him? Well, his average fastball speed in 2020 is still 92.7 mph, and he’s a decent walking speed groundball machine that might be effective in the KBO. However, Nova is also 35 years old, so there are clear strengths and weaknesses. Overall, he has enough positive qualities to be a credible contributor to Landers, who barely missed the playoffs last season.

NC Dinos
Dinos would have enjoyed a peaceful off-season without the snatched Tigers. Na Sung-bum 나성범.. But, as the saying goes, adversity led to an opportunity, and Dinos kept it in mind.The front office pursued, not surpassing the Tigers Park Kun Woo (6 years, 10 billion won) Ah-seop Son 손 아섭 (4 years, 6.4 billion won) Covers the outfield. Given that Na signed for a total of 15 billion won, Dinos was able to add two all-star caliber outfielders with a little extra spending.

The successor park Aaron Altherr 알테어 There is an average glove in the center, but you can completely beat baseball. Since 2015, his 138 wRC + is the fifth best batter with at least 2,000 at bats (although one point higher than Na). shhhh). My son is 9th on the same list and shows signs of aging, but the 110-ish wRC + in his tenure as Dinos’ right fielder seems to be a reasonable expectation.

It leaves Nick Martini, Dinos’ latest foreign batter for dealing with left fielders. He doesn’t fit the typical KBO mercenary pattern. His strength lies in the discipline of the plate, not the raw force, as evidenced by his long track record of not hitting while maintaining above average walking speed and BABIP.He may be lucky to be able to hit 10 jacks in South Korea, but the team’s coach staff are still successful. Soothes the hitting distance Since it comes from a ground ball hitter, there may be untapped potential here. Even with no swing changes, the martini floor is high enough that Dinos should at least be a usable lead-off man.

There was no change in the starting rotation that Dinos is still sticking to Drew Rucinski 루친 unicorn 키, Their ace, and resigned last year’s rookie, Wes Parsons.. The former is easy, but the latter stands out as a borderline “unsigned” candidate, and I think Dinos has decided to save the trouble of finding a new pitcher. Parsons threw just enough innings (133) to qualify for the ERA title, and early problems with control led to an unsightly gait rate (10.9%). However, as the season progressed, he became sharper, even throwing hard at foreign pitchers, undoubtedly swinging a positive slider with a run value per 100 ranked fourth in the league. Maybe that’s a good promise for Dinos.Bullpen implosion, and COVID related suspension This mostly successful off-season, which led to the disappointing 2021, should make them fight again.

Lotte Giants
The Giants have moved away from the free agent market again, but they have confirmed that they will re-sign to first baseman. Hung Jung 정훈 Trading 1.8 billion won in a modest three years. Jung will be 35 next season and is unlikely to improve, but the Giants seem to be consistently betting on his ability to base. David justice Enter as required. In addition, top prospect Sunyupuna (1B / 3B) stumbled on his KBO debut (55 wRC + in 60 games). It’s about summarizing the Giants options first. The presence of Jung gives them a deep similarity.

Fan favorites Dan Straily unicorn 트레 일리 When Dixon Machado 마차도 Unfortunately, he hasn’t returned to Busan, but the Giants have prepared three signs of ambitious foreign players.Initially DJ PetersIt came from the Dodgers farm system and was called last season before it was shipped to the Rangers. His main selling point is 70 grade raw power, but due to contact issues he wasn’t consistently able to take advantage of it. Going to the KBO doesn’t alleviate his strike tendency, but Peters may find it easier to hit the pitch with relatively gentle movements and speeds. Combining a realistic turnaround with recent experience in the Big League, he should be perfect for success in South Korea.

look Glenn Sparkman Pitch, yes, it became clear that he should definitely keep throwing his sliders more often. In the way he rotates it, the pitch produces more vertical and less horizontal movement than expected from its axis, leading to some nasty swings and mistakes. However, his fastball is almost uncomfortable and lacks a strong third pitch, which can hurt him on a second or third order. in the meantime, Charlie Burns Is like a left-handed version of Eric Jokisch 요키시, Regarding the repertoire. The prerequisite here is the command, which is probably why it remains optimistic. Cameron glove model, Burns had 50 sinker commands and 55 change-up commands last season. Both are solid marks. Overall, he should have a reasonable shot at the KBO, not as bad as his big league debut suggests.

Kia Tigers
It cannot be said that the Tigers did not try to improve. After spiraling to 9th place last season, they searched for Na Sung-bum, the biggest name in the off-season, and landed him on a six-year contract. Their outfield was in desperate need of reinforcements, and the former Dino should offer a lot.Meanwhile, the team also reunited with the franchise icon. Yang Hyeon-jong 양현종, Agreed a four-year contract worth up to 10.3 billion won. It looks emotionally rooted, but certainly because the Tigers were able to use the starter. This is not a bad thing in nature.

However, all timings are a bit strange. Kia has just begun the rebuilding phase in hopes of building a more sustainable future, but it is unlikely that the two marquee-free agents will contribute when the Tigers become a competitor again. .. We respect the decision to avoid full tanks, but if we take something away from the Tigers’ past, spending a lot of money on veterans can be stupid, especially in the future. ..

I am also not keen on choosing Kia’s foreign players. All three are newcomers and have left-handed outfielders Socrates Brito stand out.He Jeff Sullivan Approval StampIt has tremendous speed and perhaps positive defense. Bat is a weak element of Brito’s game, he had only 86 wRC + in last season’s Triple A with the advent of the 419 plate, but he may still have a double-digit Homer season. .. For fun, this is Brito’s GIF crouching towards first base:

Brito, I have no worries. It is the pitcher who seems suspicious. Sean Nolin When Ronnie Williams Neither is a pure bailout outlook that did not pan out, and they are now tasked with coordinating the Tigers’ rotation, which lacks considerable depth. If two people can’t handle the big jumps in the inning, they may not be available after the summer months. They will come at least faster than your average foreign KBO pitcher, but longevity is a real concern for the Tigers to keep in mind.

Hanwha Eagles
The reconstructing Eagles were silent in the free agent market and announced on December 15th that they had. Officially withdrew from the competition..But they seized one of their own free agents by handing over veteran catchers Choi Jae Hoon 최재훈 A five-year contract worth 5.4 billion won. As a patient contact batter, he answers the following questions: Brandon Nimmo Was it a catcher instead? And it should continue to be valuable to most of his contracts.

In terms of foreign players, Eagles played it safely and resigned both. Ryan Carpenter 카펜터Instigated 179 batters in 170 innings last season, and Nick Kingham, 5 pitch mix surely conducts.Then they brought in Mike Tauchman The decision that I am a big fan as their foreign hitter. The most obvious weakness of the Eagles in 2021 was their outfield.Their first infielder accumulated 13.1 WAR thanks to the young core Si-hwan Roh 노시환 (3B), Ju Suk Ha 하주석 (SS), and Eunwon Jung 정은원 (2B), their outfielders provided only 1.1 WAR. Torchman will bring a good bat, but it’s also exciting to think about how he contributes defensively.In addition to the infield shift, the Eagles Experiment in the outfield of four people, Torchman seems to fit perfectly. According to Baseball Savant, he was assigned to all three outfield positions with above average outs of +9 in 2019 and +3 in 2021. This is the most logical foreign player the team has created for some time.

– MLB Sports

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