Korean left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim posted by KBO team
Korean left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim was posted by his Korea Baseball Organization club today, according to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez. The move officially opens the bidding process among Major League teams.
The 26-year-old southpaw had a 3.33 ERA, while striking out 139 batters and walking 81 over 167 2/3 innings for the SK Wynerns this past season.
He has a fastball that can reach 93 mph, though his control issues will be a concern — as evidenced by his 81 walks. That amount would have tied for the third-most among Major League starters last season. His 1.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio also would have been the third-worst among the 102 pitchers that logged at least 150 innings of work.
As for the market, the team that posts the winning bid will then have a 30-day, exclusive negotiating window to reach a deal with Kim’s KBO club. If a deal is reached, the KBO team will be awarded the posting bid amount, while no money will change hands if a deal is not reached in that time span.
The deadline for posting the anonymous bids will be Saturday. It’s not clear right now which teams have the most interest in the southpaw, nor what his potential role will be. If a deal is reached, however, he projects to begin his big league career as more of a back-end-of-the-rotation starter or a reliever.
— Paul Casella