MLB Dotcom, the website of the U.S. Major League Baseball MLB, predicted on the 8th that Ryu Hyun-jin, who will become a free agent after the 2023 season, could sign a multi-year contract with the MLB club. 토토 MLB Dotcom highlighted Ryu Hyun-jin in an article titled 9 preliminary FA players who need to finish the 2023 season well.
In general, pitchers who have undergone elbow ligament surgery Tommy John Surgery take a long time to get back on track, but Ryu Hyun-jin shows a different appearance, the media said. After returning, he has an outstanding ERA of 2.65 and WHIP on-base percentage per inning of 1.06.
36-year-old Ryu Hyun-jin will not be able to sign a four-year $80 million about KRW 106.6 billion FA contract with Toronto in 2020, but if he continues his current appearance, he will be able to sign a multi-year FA contract with MLB club. Ryu Hyun-jin returned to the big leagues last month after 14 months after undergoing left elbow ligament joint surgery in June last year.
He has continued to be stable, taking responsibility for more than five innings in all games since his return, except for the Cleveland Guardians match on the 8th, which was substituted early after being hit by a ball.
Detailed records are also good. He has 3 wins, 2 losses, and a 2.65 ERA, and maintains a top-notch record in detailed indicators such as a batting average of 0.219 hits, 2.12 walks per 9 innings, and a BABIP inplay batting average of 0.242.
In fact, not many experts expected Ryu Hyun-jin to remain in the MLB after the 2023 season. This is because there is no MLB team that can offer a large amount to Ryu Hyun-jin, who is old enough to have surgery history. However, Ryu Hyun-jin returned at a rapid pace, and immediately showed his top skills, showing attractiveness to MLB teams that need starting pitchers.
MLB experts expect Ryu Hyun-jin to renew his contract not only because of his performance this season. Ryu Hyun-jin is not a fastball pitcher competing for ball power, but a control pitcher who cooks opposing batters with precise control.
Usually, fastball pitchers tend to lose performance depending on the aging curve the aging curve that declines as they age, but players with good control are less affected by aging problems. In fact, Ryu Hyun-jin is at the lowest level of MLB in terms of ball power. His average fastball speed this season is 88.4 miles per hour about 142.3 kilometers which is very slow.
According to MLB record statistics site Baseball Servant, Ryu Hyun-jin’s average fastball speed this season is only 607th among 618 MLB pitchers who threw more than 100 pitches. However, Ryu Hyun-jin continues to be at the top with various breaking balls and pull control. Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin has vowed to end his career with his former team, the Hanwha Eagles in the KBO League. He did not specify when he would return to the Korean stage.