Foreign players play a huge role in the KBO. It’s no exaggeration to say that they can make or break a team’s season, which is why teams go to great lengths to select foreign players. Last year’s eighth-place finisher, Samsung, made the gamble of replacing all three of its foreign players. Connor Seabold, Danny Reyes (pitcher) and David McKinnon (infielder) are the new additions.
Seabold, born in 1996, is a right-handed orthodox righty with great hardware at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds who has played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies. He made 27 starts for Colorado last year, going 1-7 with a 7.52 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 87⅓ innings, and was 13-7 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in Triple-A.
Seabold has a strong fastball that averages in the high 90s, along with a changeup, slider, 온라인카지노 and a complete arsenal of offspeed pitches. “He has excellent command of the left and right sides of the strike zone, and we expect him to be an integral part of our starting rotation this season with his strong command of his pitches and stable delivery,” said a team representative.
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Reyes is considered to be a competitive pitcher in the KBO, which is dominated by left-handed hitters due to his outstanding physical attributes at 193 centimeters tall and 115 kilograms.
He appeared in nine games (three starts) in the major leagues last year with the New York Mets and has pitched 91⅔ innings in 20 games (18 starts) in the minor leagues. He has a fastball that averages 147 mph and tops out at 150 mph, a slider, changeup, cutter, and a variety of other pitches that are optimized for robotic umpiring.
His WHIP and BB/9, two of the most important indicators of a pitcher’s reliability, are excellent. In the minor leagues, Reyes has a career WHIP (walks allowed per inning) of 1.13 and a BB/9 (walks allowed per nine innings) of 1.6.
McKinnon batted .259 (120-for-464) with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 53 runs scored in 127 games for the Seibu Lions last year. He is a medium-to-long range right-handed hitter with good vision and contact ability who can play solid first and third base defense.
He is also expected to adapt quickly to the KBO thanks to his diligent work ethic and Japanese baseball experience. “With the addition of McKinnon, we expect to secure diversity in the infield and further strengthen our center field lineup,” said a club official.
Park Jin-man cited all three foreign players as key players this season.
“We replaced all three foreign players, and their ranking depends on how much they play,” he said. “Seabold and Reyes are new to Korea, but they have stable pitches. I see that as a positive. Ideally, McKinnon would play third base because of the way the team is set up.”
The support of teammates is also important for foreign players to adapt to the unfamiliar stage. 바카라사이트 “If the existing players approach the foreign players and treat them in a friendly manner, it will help them adapt,” Park said.
If the newcomers to the domestic stage can make a splash, we can look forward to the first fall feast in three years.