“Ryu Hyun-jin is the softest pitcher in the major league.”
A media outlet has finally appeared that includes Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) as a major player in the 2023-2024 Major League Baseball free agent market. It’s a yard barker. Yadbacher ranked Ryu Hyun-jin 17th on the 4th (Korean time) while ranking 1st to 25th place in free agency.
Yadbacher said, “Hyun-Jin Ryu, who successfully returned from Tommy John surgery in the second half of 2023, will enter the free agent market with momentum. “The veteran left-handed pitcher is one of the softest pitchers (technical group) in the major leagues, averaging only 88 mph (142 km) with his fastball after his return, but this was not reflected in his ERA.”
Ryu Hyun-jin recorded 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.46 in 11 games this season. He was pushed down to the fifth starter, switching positions with Yusei Kikuchi in the final game of the season, with two losses and an ERA of 4.50 in six games in September. He was completely left out of the entry for the American League Wild Card Series against the Minnesota Twins. He doesn’t have anything to do as the 5th starter in a best-of-3 series. Additionally, Toronto’s bullpen is as solid as its starting pitchers.
Toronto lost the first game against Minnesota on the 4th, and if they lose the second game on the 5th, the 2023 season will end as is. In other words, Ryu Hyun-jin’s away game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 1st could be his last appearance in Toronto. There is no mention in the local media that Toronto will retain Ryu Hyun-jin.메이저놀이터
Ryu Hyun-jin showed off his health after his return, but his limitations were also clearly revealed. However, there are a lot of teams in need of 5 starters every offseason. It is difficult for Ryu Hyun-jin to sign a long-term contract anyway, and AAV is the biggest concern. It would be a jackpot if he could receive the $20 million (about 27.2 billion won) he received from Toronto four years ago.
Yadbacher said, “Buyers should be aware that Ryu Hyun-jin’s ERA regardless of defense is over 5.0 (4.91 based on FanGraphs) and his strikeout rate is low after returning (6.58 strikeouts per 9 innings, career average 7.97). But his pitching repertoire is diverse and his elite control lifts him off the floor.”