Kwang-Hyun Kim
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kim is moving to MLB after a 12-year career in South Korea where he was among the best pitchers in the KBO. He almost moved to MLB in 2014 when he was posted by the SK Wyverns, but the Padres and Kim couldn't reach a contract deal. Kim missed the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery, but returned better than ever. He went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 8.5 K/9 last season (6th among starters). He has a low-to-mid 90s fastball but an excellent slider. At age 31, and without dominant velocity, he may not have tremendous upside. However, he could be a valuable swing man after signing with the Cardinals. He'll likely compete for the 5th starter role this spring and could shift back-and-forth from the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2019.
Maintenance plan established
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 15, 2020
Kim is expected to participate in a maintenance plan the Cardinals have developed for projected starting pitchers while spring training remains suspended, Anne Rogers of reports.
Manager Mike Shildt and his staff have developed a general protocol of twice-weekly bullpen sessions with a baseline of approximately 45 pitches for the projected members of the starting rotation. Kim isn't a surefire lock as a starter quite yet, but he did head into the pause in Grapefruit League play with an unblemished ERA through four spring training appearances (two starts). Therefore, the left-hander is likely to be subject to the parameters of the program, although the template could vary slightly from player to player as per Rogers' report.
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2015 Fantasy Outlook
Kim has been regarded as one of the top pitchers in South Korea's top professional league, the Korea Baseball Organization. He battled injury and inconsistency for several years but bounced back strong last season at age 26 with a 3.42 ERA and 7.5 K/9 over 173.2 innings. The Padres won his rights for $2 million via the posting system with the KBO, but he was unable to come to terms on a contract with the Padres. He may try to move to MLB for 2016.
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Blanks Blue Jays in latest start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 10, 2020
Kim was credited with a Grapefruit League victory over the Blue Jays on Monday after firing 3.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed two hits and no walks while recording four strikeouts.
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Strong showing in relief
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 6, 2020
Kim (groin) allowed fired two scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League tie with the Mets on Thursday, allowing three hits and no walks while recording two strikeouts.
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Slated to pitch Thursday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 5, 2020
Kim (groin) is listed as an available relief option for Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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Feels good after bullpen
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 3, 2020
Kim (groin) felt good Tuesday after throwing a bullpen session Monday and remains on track to make his next Grapefruit League start Thursday in one of the team's split-squad games, Anne Rogers of reports.
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Dealing with sore groin
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 2, 2020
Kim is dealing with groin soreness that will likely push his scheduled Grapefruit League start to Thursday, Rob Rains of reports.
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