There were many foreign replacements this season as well. It started with 30 foreign players, but unfortunately, 13 players ended their relationship with Korea in the middle of the season and left, and 12 came to Korea, making a total of 42 players play in the KBO League. When the Samsung Lions recruited Taylor Widener, who was released from the NC Dinos, a total of 13 players were brought in as replacements.
Among these, the ones who achieved the best results and literally ‘started the family’ are William Cuevas of the KT Wiz and Brandon Waddell of the Doosan Bears. Bringing these two in is truly considered a godsend.
KT re-recruited Cuevas, who had to leave due to injury last year, in place of Bo Schulser, who had been sluggish with 1 win, 7 losses, and an ERA of 5.62. As soon as he confirmed that he was healthy, he sent me a contract. The results exceeded expectations. 12 wins, no losses in 18 games, ERA 2.60. It was better than Cuevas before. He came back with a winning percentage. As Cuevas took his place as the clear first starter, Wes Benjamin, who had been unstable under pressure, also found stability, and domestic pitchers also clearly enjoyed the ‘ace effect’ of pitching well while relieving the burden. Cuevas came to Korea in a situation where he was out of last place, and he was able to create a miracle of rising to second place.
Doosan also immediately brought back Brandon, who did not renew his contract last year due to Dylan Pyle’s injury. Brandon was good as a substitute last year with 5 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 3.60, but he was forced to part ways to bring in a fireballer, and now he is needed again. Brandon, who wanted to come to Korea, showed his skills as soon as he returned to Doosan. He recorded 13 quality starts in 18 games and led Doosan with 11 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 2.49 along with Alcantara and Kwak Bin, and with three solid starters, Doosan was able to rise from 9th place to 5th place last year.토토사이트
Although every team dreamed of this ‘big hit’, there were cases where the result was ‘a disaster’. In the end, it was the KIA Tigers and Lotte Giants who fell out of the competition for the semifinals. KIA made a game-changing move by replacing Sean Anderson and Adonis Medina, both fastball pitchers with good pitches. They recruited Mario Sanchez along with Thomas Panoni, who pitched as a substitute last year, and challenged the semifinals with a stable mound. The proven Panoni wasn’t bad this year either. Panoni, who had 3 wins, 4 losses, and an average ERA of 2.72 in 14 games last year, recorded 6 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 4.26 in 16 games this year. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it still led to some extent.
I felt sorry for Sanchez. Sanchez, who showed a very impressive performance in the first match with unique checking moves, was unable to continue his first impression until the end as he was sidelined with an injury in the middle of the match. In 12 games, he had 4 wins and 4 losses, with an ERA of 5.94. The difference between good times and bad times was too big.
The Lotte Giants, who were first in April and third in May, also brought in Aaron Wilkerson and Nico Goodrum in place of Dan Straily, who was anxious, and Jack Rex, who could not play properly due to injury, to advance to the semifinals. Wilkerson, who was brought in for $350,000, was a ‘big hit’, but Goodrum, who was given $400,000 because he had major league experience, was ‘an empty soul.’ Wilkerson solidified his role as an ace in the second half of the season with 7 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.26 along with 11 quality starts in 13 games. At least I was able to gain hope while watching Wilkerson’s pitching. His contract renewal for next season is also certain.
But the more Gudrum looked, the more he sighed. In 50 games, he had a batting average of .209, 5 ERA, no home runs, and 28 RBIs. He did not adapt well in the beginning and made many defensive mistakes, leaving only disappointment. His physical condition was not that good and he often fell out. He came out at the last minute and hit a hit, but the bus had already left.
By watching them, you can see how much influence the performance of foreign players has on the fate of the team. When an existing player is not good or is injured, how quickly you react and bring in good players will determine whether baseball can be played in the fall.