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Korean lefty Ryu Hyun-Jin ready to sign with MLB team

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01:08 PM ET 10.29 | The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization are allowing left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin the opportunity to test the waters and sign with a Major League Baseball team. Hyun-Jin could sign as early as next season. Ryu is known for his control over his fastball, changeup and slider, and the ability to strike out opposing batters. In the KBO, Ryu led the league in strikeouts five different seasons. Ryu initially caught the eyes of MLB scouts after leading South Korea to a gold medal victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ryu also led his nation to a runner-up finish at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In an effort to maximize his worth, the pitching prospect has signed super agent Scott Boras.

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October 29, 2012  02:56 PM ET

He looks right handed in the picture...

October 29, 2012  03:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He looks right handed in the picture...

It's Scott Boras trickery......

October 29, 2012  03:15 PM ET

But, can he throw a gyroball?

October 29, 2012  04:35 PM ET
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But, can he throw a gyroball?

At very least, I hope he can eat a gyro sandwich.

October 29, 2012  04:51 PM ET

yes I agree, he looks like a right handed guy to me. Maybe its not him at all and whatever team signs him will sign him as a right handed pitcher at which Scott Boras will tell Management more money is needed to secure his services I just don`t know ?

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October 29, 2012  05:39 PM ET

I hear he throws a gyro ball.

October 29, 2012  06:53 PM ET
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Pic is Yoon suk min, he is crafty righty and he shut down powerful Venezuela team in last WBC quarter final, Ryu is heavy look lefty(David Wells style) is power fast ball,

Here I thought they all looked alike.

October 29, 2012  06:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He looks right handed in the picture...

I never heard of this guy.

October 29, 2012  07:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I never heard of this guy.

6 months from now you still won't.

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October 30, 2012  12:38 AM ET

Have any of these signees (with the exception of Ichiro) lived up to the hype or the expense?

October 30, 2012  01:22 AM ET

A. Wrong pic. B. seen him pitch many times. no hype on this one. Knows how to pitch. Ryu (not Ken) is a proven inning eater with big-league changeup. C. The best case scenario be 4.00 ERA, 180 innings. Not gonna be a franchise star but will get better. I'd pay 15 mil in total for 4 yrs (5 mil to the Eagles, 10 mil to Ryu for 4 yrs - 2.5 mil/yr). D. At worst, he'd be a decent long relief, worth every penny of his 2.5 mil salary.

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October 30, 2012  02:39 AM ET

picture is yoon seokmin.
ryu hyun-jin is neither ambidextrous nor right, but left handed.

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