Korean Baseball (KBO) Top DFS Pitchers

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Welcome to Part 3 of our KBO Baseball 101 primer series. Today is a preview of the top two pitchers for each KBO team.

Here are top starters for each team and the 2019 stats. The average starter goes around five innings. There were very few complete games in 2019 and even less shut outs. Each team carries around 12-13 pitchers (mostly relievers) and several are both starters and relievers

The KBO was always known as an “offensive” league but before the 2019 season they de-juiced the balls. Home runs dropped 40% and it’s now turned into a pitchers league.

Note: Each KBO team can carry 3 foreigners on their roster but only 2 can be pitchers.

Doosen Bears 88-55 1st

Raul Alcantara-  2019 stats  11-11 W/L (27 games) 18 QS 4.01 era 172 IP 100Ks 27 BB 189 hits allowed

  • Signed to take over for 2019 KBO MVP Josh Lindblom who recently signed with the Brewers of the MLB
  • Last played in the MLB with the Oakland A’s (2017)

Lee Young Ha-  2019 stats  17-4 W/L (29 games) 17 QS  3.64 era 163 1/3 IP 90 Ks 61 bb 148 hits allowed

Chris Flexen- Mets prospect who struggled from 2017-19. Successful AAA pitcher so that is a plus going into his first KBO season.

Hanwha Eagles 58-86 9th

Chad Bell-   2019 stats  11-10 W/L (29 games) 15 QS 3.50 era 177 1/3 IP 134 ks 63 BB 169 hits allowed

  • Former Detroit Tiger who pitched 31 games (4 starts) in 2017-18
  • Looking to build off his solid KBO debut in 2019
  • 17.9% K rate (10th) and 8.4% walk rate (24th)

Jang Min-Jae – 2019 stats 6-8 w/l 26 games 22 QS 5.43 era 119 1/3 IP 103 Ks 27 BB 76 hits allowed

Warwick Saupold- Australian was Bells teammate in Detroit where he had an ERA of 4.98 over three seasons.

Kia Tigers 62-80 7th

Aaron Brooks- the former Oriole will be one of the top pitchers on this team it will be his 1st season in the KBO. Anyone recall the 7 no hit innings he threw in September against Seattle?

Kim Ki-hoon – 2019 stats 3-6 W/L (19 games) 3 QS 5.56 era 79 1/3 IP 49 Ks 65 BB 64 hits allowed

Kiwoom Heroes 86-57 2nd

Jake Brigham -2019 stats 13-5 w/l 28 games 15 QS 2.96 era 158 1/3 IP 130 Ks  BB 148 hits allowed

  • Had a brief look with the Braves in 2015
  • In his 4th KBO season where he’s posted a 3.72 career ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.

Eric Jokisch – 2019 stats 13-9 W/L (30 games) 19 QS 3.13 era 181 1/3 IP 141 Ks 39 BB 166 hits allowed

  • Last played in the MLB with the Cubs in 2014
  • Resurrected his career last season teaming with Brigham to pitch the Heroes into the KBO playoffs

KT Wiz 71-71 6th

William Cuevas  -2019 Stats  13-10 W/L (30 games )18 QS 3.62 era 184 IP 135 Ks 63 BB 153 Hits allowed

  • Pitched in parts of three MLB seasons with the Red Sox and Tigers
  • 3.62 ERA ranked 14th and 17.8% K rate ranked 11th

Bae Je-seong – 2019 stats 10-10 W/L (28 games) 7 QS 3.76 era 131 2/3 IP 91 Ks 56 BB 132 Hits allowed

Odrisamer Despaigne- Six year MLB veteran has tallied 363 innings in the big leagues most recently with the White Sox.

LG Twins 79-64 4th

Cha Woo-chan-  2019 stats 13-8 W/L (29 games) 18 QS  4.12 era 168 1/3 IP 124 Ks 59 BB 151 hits allowed

  • Member of 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic S Korean squad

Casey Kelly – 2019 stats    14-12 W/L (29 games) 24 QS  2.55 era 180 1/3 IP 126 Ks 41 BB 164 hits allowed

  • Reports were that Kelly was coming back to the MLB after a strong KBO season in 2019 but he chose to re-sign with the Twins for one more season.
  • Once a top prospect in Red Sox system. Dealt to San Diego in the blockbuster deal featuring Adrian Gonzalez and Anthony Rizzo

Lotte Giants 48-93 10th

Noh Kyung-eun-  2019 stats 9-6 W/L (33 games) 10 QS 4.08 132 1/3 IP 89 Ks 30 BB 127 hits allowed

Seo Jun-won-   2019 stats 4-11 W/L/ (33 games)  4 QS  5.47 era 97 IP 60 Ks 38 BB 117 hits allowed

Dan Straily- The most accomplished pitcher of all foreign born players in the KBO. Recently signed with the Giants after spending 2019 with the Orioles of MLB. Had a 4.03 ERA in 495 1/3 innings between 2016-18 with the Reds and Marlins

Adrian Sampson – Another recent KBO signee after spending 2019 with the Texas Rangers where he went 6-8 with a 5.89 ERA. Former AAA star looking to resurrect his career.

NC Dinos  73-69  5th

Choi Sung-young-  2019 stats 4-1 W/L (26 games) 2 QS 3.94 era 82 1/3 IP 62 Ks 49 BB 79 hits allowed

Park Jin-woo-  2019 stats  9-7 W/L (41 games) 11 QS 3.14 era 140 1/3 IP 92 Ks 29 BB 137 hits allowed

Mike Wright- Former Top 10 prospect in the Orioles system. Never lived up to his billing and struggled to secure a starting spot in the O’s rotation. Righty making his KBO debut after five seasons in the MLB.

Drew Rucinski- Saw time with the Angels, Twins and Marlins. Had a solid first season in the KBO in 2019 with a 3.05 ERA, 6.0 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

Samsung Lions 60-83 8th

Baek Jung-hyun-  2019 stats 8-10 W/L (28 games)12 QS 4.24 era 157 IP 82 Ks 56 BB 158 hits allowed

Yoon Sung-hwan – 2019 stats 8-13 W/L (27 games) 10 QS 4.77 era 145 1/3 IP 65 Ks 50 BB 168 Hits allowed

David Buchanan- Spent the last 3 seasons in Japan but MLB fans may remember Buchanan as a Phillies prospect in 2014-15.

Ben Lively- Another former Phillies prospect who went 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 2017 before struggling in 2018 with the Royals. Signed mid season with the KBO last year and turned in a solid 3.95 ERA in 57 innings.

SK Wyverns 88-55 3rd

Moon Seung-won – 2019 stats 11-7 W/L (27 games) 12 QS 3.88 era 144 IP 99 Ks 33 BB 130 hits allowed

Park Jong-hoon –   2019 stats 8-11 W/L (28 games) 10 QS 3.88 era 144 IP 100 Ks 59 BB 157 hits allowed

Nick Kingham- Best known for his tenure with the Pirates. Another top prospect who couldn’t put it all together in the major leagues. Accomplished soft tossing AAA pitcher looking to reverse his fortunes

Note: Josh Lindblom has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers of MLB

Note: Kwang-hyun Kim has signed with the St. Louis cardinals of MLB

 

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