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Yoon passes physical, officially signs with Orioles

Posted on 17 February 2014 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES SIGN RHP SUK-MIN YOON TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

The Orioles today announced that they have signed RHP SUK-MIN YOON (pronounced syuck-min you-n) to a three-year contract.  Yoon would become the first Korean-born player in club history, and the 16th in major league history, when he makes his big league debut.

Yoon, 27, has gone 73-59 with a 3.19 ERA (1129.0IP, 400ER) in nine seasons with the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft out of high school.  A three-time KBO All-Star (2008, ’09 and ’11), Yoon was named the KBO MVP while also winning the Pitching Triple Crown in 2011 (17 wins, 2.45 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 27 games).

He has finished in the top-10 in KBO in several categories multiple times in his career: ERA (three times; led KBO in 2008 and ‘11), strikeouts (four times; KBO leader in 2011), wins (twice; KBO leader in 2011), saves (twice), innings pitched (three times), complete games (five times; KBO leader in 2011) and shutouts (three times; KBO leader in 2011 and ‘12).

As a member of the Korean National Team, Yoon pitched in the Asian Games (2006 & ‘10), Olympic Games (2008) and World Baseball Classic (2009 & ‘13).  In 2008, he helped pitch Korea to their first Olympic gold medal in baseball during the Beijing games, going 2-0 with a 2.34 ERA (7.2IP, 2ER) in five appearances.  Yoon has made five total appearances in the World Baseball Classic, first going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (16.0IP, 2ER, BB, 13K) in four games for the silver medal winning squad in 2009, before making one start in 2013.

Since 2011, Yoon has recorded 3.72 strikeouts per walk.  In 2013, he posted seven saves and a 3.60 ERA in 19 relief appearances, going 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 30 games overall.  He will wear #18.

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Orioles agree to three-year deal with Korean pitcher Yoon

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Orioles agree to three-year deal with Korean pitcher Yoon

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Luke Jones

On the eve of the first official workout of the spring, the Orioles have reportedly come to a three-year agreement with Korean right-handed pitcher Suk-min Yoon.

According to several reports, Yoon will receive $5.75 million guaranteed over three years, but the Orioles will refrain from making an official announcement until he passes his physical, which shouldn’t be considered a foregone conclusion based on the experiences with Grant Balfour and Tyler Colvin earlier this winter. The 27-year-old dealt with a shoulder injury while pitching with the Kia Tigers last season, going 3-6 with a 4.00 earned run average and seven saves while pitching in relief.

Yoon is a former Most Valuable Player of the Korea Baseball Organization as his best season came in 2011 when he went 17-5 with a 2.45 ERA in 23 starts and 27 appearances overall. It remains unclear whether the Orioles will use Yoon as a starter or as a long man out of the bullpen.

The initial scouting reports say Yoon possesses a low-90s fastball, an above-average changeup, and a slider, but it’s difficult to gauge how well his repertoire will translate in facing major league hitters.

The Orioles have been the favorite to land Yoon for quite some time and speculation of an agreement increased Tuesday night when the pitcher posted a picture of himself wearing an Orioles cap on his official Twitter account. Yoon becomes the latest international player that executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has signed, joining the likes of Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, and Cuban outfielders Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez in recent years.

Yoon worked out for the Orioles and other clubs in southern California earlier this winter as they remained in touch with his agent, Scott Boras.

Here are a number of highlights of Yoon’s work in the Korea Baseball Organization:

 

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Orioles continue negotiating with Korean pitcher Yoon

Posted on 12 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Korean right-handed pitcher Suk-min Yoon created a stir on social media Tuesday night after posting a picture of himself wearing an Orioles cap, but there is no indication that an agreement had been reached as of Wednesday morning.

The 27-year-old is a former Most Valuable Player of the Korea Baseball Organization and remains of interest to the Orioles and several other clubs, according to reports. Baltimore has been regarded as a favorite to land Yoon, according to at least one Korean media outlet.

Despite dealing with a shoulder injury last season, Yoon is viewed as one of the top pitchers in South Korea and has spent the past nine years pitching for the Kia Tigers.

Yoon worked out for the Orioles in southern California earlier this winter, and the organization has remained in touch with his agent, Scott Boras.

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