Yankees Rumors: Bombers Interested In Korean Pitcher?
By Jason Evans
The Yankees, like many teams, will search far and wide for anyone who could possibly help their squad. With that in mind, reports indicate that the Yankees have checked in on Korean pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim. Kim is just 26 years of age and is left-handed.
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This past season, he led the league with a 3.62 ERA, and was seventh in strikeout rate with 7.51/9. That may not sound that impressive, but considering there were only six starters in the entire KBO who’s ERA was under 4.00. Kim has a low 90’s fastball that he can pump up into the mid-90’s. He also has a good slider, but he has a history of injury.
Kim pitched in the 2009 WBC and gave up nine runs in 3.1 innings of work during the tournament.
If i had to guess, if the Yankees do sign him, he would probably start in the minor leagues. The Yankees will probably sign other pitchers, whether it’s bringing back Brandon McCarthy, or signing one of the big three before Kim gets a shot with the big club.
I think they will be a little weary of his injury history as well considering all the other injuries the Yankees dealt with last season and with someo of those lingering into 2015.
Below is a clip of him pitching if you would like to take a look at the left-hander