Korean Left-Hander Ryu Hyun-Jin Ready To Sign With MLB Team

Hyunjin Ryu #99 of Korea pitches against Mexico during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Round 2 Pool 1 match on March 15, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization are allowing left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin the opportunity to test the waters and sign with a Major League Baseball team. Hyun-Jin could sign as early as next season. Ryu is known for his control over his fastball, changeup and slider and the ability to strikeout opposing batters.

In the KBO, Ryu led the league in strikeouts five different seasons.

Ryu initially caught the eyes of MLB scouts after leading South Korea to a gold medal victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hyun-Jin also led his nation to a runner-up finish at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

In an effort to maximize his worth, the pitching prospect has signed super agent Scott Boras. The 25-year-old lefty expressed his thanks to the Hanwha Eagles for the opportunity to join the big leagues.

“I’d like to thank the Eagles from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be posted, which is the first step toward reaching the major leagues,” he said. “Hanwha has helped me develop into the pitcher that I am today. I’d like to reach the big leagues and return the love of all my fans with good performances.”

Ryu joined the KBO in 2006, when he was selected second-overall. He wasted no time earning a reputation on the mound and earned MVP and the Rookie of the Year honors during that season. During that impressive rookie season,Ryu struck out 204 batters, which is a KBO record.

When the bidding war begins, expect MLB teams to go crazy. The Texas Rangers made a record bid of $51.7 million for Japanese right-hander Yu Darish. While Ryu will likely not receive that high of a bid, the MLB clubs will be very interested in his services.

Topics: MLB, Ryu Hyun-Jin

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