Kiwoom’s choice to let go of Puig, foreign hitter Russell re-enlistment

December 12, 2022 0 Comments

Kiwoom Heroes, who said goodbye to Yasiel Puig, have recruited a new foreign batter. Edison Russell, who has experienced the big leagues and played in the KBO League, returns to the KBO League.

Kiwoom announced in a press release on the morning of the 12th that it had completed the composition of foreign players for the 2023 season. He signed a new contract with former foreign pitcher Eric Yokishi for a total of $1.5 million, and agreed to a contract for the 2023 season with foreign hitter Edison Russell for a total of $700,000.

Of course, the most notable thing is the re-recruitment of Russell. As much as he has faced domestic pitchers, Kiwoom’s choice can be said to have been ‘stability’ rather than ‘adventure’. In terms of position, it seems highly likely that he will form a keystone combination with Kim Hye-sung as he can play both defense as a shortstop and second baseman.

big league career, which has to erase Puig’s shadow, Russell is as good as Puig. Since 2015, he has been active in the Chicago Cubs for 5 years, and his career performance was 메이저사이트 615 games with a batting average of 0.242 (480 hits in 1987 at bats), 60 homers, 253 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.704. He produced 21 home runs, and in 2016 he was even named an All-Star.

It was in 2020 that he first stepped into the KBO league. As the sluggishness of Taylor Motor, a foreign hitter who started the regular season, continued, Russell was caught on the radar network in the process of finding a replacement foreign hitter.

Even when he was recruited by a big leaguer, it was a reaction that everyone couldn’t believe. For a while, Russell’s KBO regular season performance that year was only 0.254 batting average (62 hits in 244 at-bats), 2 homers, 31 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.653 in 65 games. He calmly left behind expectations. Eventually, Russell’s name was removed from the list of reserved players announced in late November.

After leaving Kiwoom, Russell joined Acereros de Monclova, a team in the Mexican League, and recorded a batting average of over 30% for two years. Last year, he played the role of a central hitter with a batting average of 0.319 (82 hits in 257 at-bats), 8 home runs, 47 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.900 in 66 games in 66 games. It should be taken into account that it is a league where the strong hitters stand out, but there was no big problem in terms of numbers.

Through the club, Russell said, “I am grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to return to Heroes. I will learn from the regrets of 2020 and prepare steadily from spring camp in 2023. I already miss my colleagues and fans to meet again. I watched through social media how the Heroes challenged the Korean Series this season. I will be with my colleagues to win the Korean Series in 2020 and 2022,” he said.

Yokishi, who had the potential to challenge the overseas stage,

accompany him for one more year. Meanwhile, Yokishi, who has been active in Kiwoom for 5 consecutive years starting from the 2019 season, has played in 118 games in 4 seasons until this year, recording 707⅔ innings, 51 wins, 33 losses, and an average ERA of 2.71. did. In particular, since 2020, he has been recording an average ERA of 2 points for three consecutive years, and has been consistently active enough to raise double-digit multipliers in all four seasons.

He has pitched impeccably this year as well. When comparing the first half and the second half, there was no big difference in terms of numbers, and even though Seung-woon did not follow, he played his role as a starting pitcher. It is also noteworthy that he played his most innings (185⅓ innings) since his KBO league debut.

After the Korean series ended, some predicted that Yokishi might be knocking on the door of an overseas stage. Some local media also introduced information about York City along with the results in the KBO League. However, in the end, he decided to stay with Kiwoom.

After signing the contract, Yokishi said, “I am very happy to be with my Heroes colleagues for the fifth year. 2022 was an eventful year with the birth of my second (Bon). Also, the journey of challenging my colleagues until the Korean series is still going on. It’s vivid. In 2023, I will try to lift the Korean Series championship trophy with my colleagues.”

With this contract, Kiwoom completed the composition of foreign players for the 2023 season with pitcher Yokishi, Ariel Hurado, and batter Russell. Foreign players are scheduled to join the spring camp to be held in Arizona, USA in February next year.

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