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Korean big leaguers make debuts in spring camps Updated: 2020-02-14 16:04:18 KST

On Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays' spring training stadium attracted the most cameras and reporters it had seen in years.
They came to see one of the team's new players - Ryu Hyun-jin, also known as the 'Korean Monster'.
Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo decribed the 32-year old lefty as an "ace",adding that every time Ryu takes the mound, the team has a chance to win.
This offseason, Ryu signed a four-year contract worth 80 million U.S. dollars with the Blue Jays - the biggest deal ever for a South Korean pitcher.
This came after his monstrous 2018-2019 campaign with the LA Dodgers.
He led both the American and National leagues with an ERA of 2.3-2while earning his first all-star selection to become the starting pitcher for the National League.
Ryu was also the runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award an annual honor given to the best pitcher of the regular season.
Now he's starting his new life in Toronto,the Korean Monster is going to face higher expectations.

Another South Korean pitcher, Kim Kwang-hyun, has made the front page of the St. Louis Cardinals' official website.
The headline reads "Lefty Kim comes out firing in first session".
The 31-year old threw more than 50 pitcheswhereas starters are normally asked to throw 30 to 40 pitches in their first spring outings.
Although the South Korean pitcher repeatedly said he's open to any role with the Cardinals, Kim looks to be competing for the fifth starting rotation spot.
In the winter, the lefty signed a two-year contract worth eight million U.S. dollars with the Cardinalsfinally realizing his life-long dream of playing in the MLB.
Over 12 seasons with the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization,Kim had an ERA of 3.2-7, while throwing 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Although he cemented his place as one of the best pitchers of his time in the Korean league, the lefty or as he likes to be called "KK" will have to prove himself again in the Big Leagues.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.
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