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Could the Royals land a Korean pitcher this winter?

Updated: 2013-11-04T05:45:13Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

There is an interesting prediction about the Royals at the MLB Trade Rumors site.

In a post about the top 50 free agents, the web site predicted the Royals would land two pitchers this winter:

Toronto’s Josh Johnson (no surprise to hear that) and South Korean Suk-Min Yoon.

Yoon, 27, is a right-hander who was the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2011.

However, this past season, Yoon had a shoulder problem for the KIA Tigers and finished with a 4.00 ERA in 87 2/3 innings. He moved to the bullpen from the rotation. He also pitched in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year, allowing two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-0 loss to the Netherlands.

In his MVP season of 2011, Yoon had a 2.45 ERA in 172 1/3 innings.

Underwhelmed? Well, Yoon’s agent is Scott Boras, who made an interesting comparison between Yoon and a current major-leaguer.

Boras told the New York Post that Yoon is a starter in the mold of Kyle Lohse.

“He’s a 91 to 92 (mph) guy. He’s a good pitcher … not an overpowering arm,’’ Boras told the Post.

Apparently, the Twins are among the teams also interested in Yoon. It seems Yoon wouldn’t require a posting fee.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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