Texas Rangers looking at top Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon


Jun 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt (44) throws in the bullpen prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With the injury to Derek Holland and Joseph Ortiz, the Texas Rangers are in need of pitchers.  It was recently reported that Suk-min Yoon put on a bullpen session for scouts from the Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants.

The Texas Rangers are also in the mix of teams that are trying to sign the 27 year old pitcher from Korea.  Suk-min Yoon is one of the best pitchers currently in Korea who should be making to the majors this season.

Last year Suk-min Yoon had to be moved to the bullpen due to an shoulder injury that caused a drop in his pitching speed, but he’s expected to bounce back and to be a potential start for which ever club signs him.

Suk-min Yoon with the Kia Tigers Stats

  • KBO statistics(through 2013)
  • Win-Loss – 73-59
  • Saves – 44
  • Earned run average -3.19
  • WHIP -1.25
  • Strikeouts – 949

Suk-min Yoon with the Kia Tigers Awards

Career highlights and awards
  • 2× KBO ERA title (2008, 2011)
  • KBO Win title (2011)
  • KBO strikeout title (2011)
  • Korean Series champion (2009)
  • 3× KBO All-Star Game (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Pitching Triple Crown (2011)
  • KBO MVP (2011)
  • KBO Golden Glove (2011)

Last year he had an ERA of 4.00 with a record of 3-6, 7 saves, 2 holds.  Remember he did start some and was moved to the bullpen.  That was over 30 games and 87.2 innings.

For his complete stats – you can go to http://www.mykbo.net/statistics

Jon Morosi reports that Scott Boras, his U.S. representative, says there are currently 6 team interested him.  There is not time table on when Suk-min Yoon will make a decision.  But Boras says he is very close on a deal.

This would be a good acquisition for the Texas Rangers.  With the loss of Derek Holland for at least a third of the season and the questions that remain around Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis, the Texas Rangers could use a fresh arm in the rotation.  Also, Suk-min Yoon would be a good fit on a team that already has a powerful offense and that has the ability to support the pitching staff.

Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News confirms the Texas Rangers trying to acquire Suk-min Yoon.  More updates to come.

Update: It is being reported that Suk-min Yoon will throw a bullpen session for the Texas Rangers in Surprise Arizona on Tuesday.