There is an interesting prediction about the Royals at the MLB Trade Rumors site.
In a postabout 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 toldthe 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.