The San Diego Padres in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), where Kim Ha-sung is located, recruited Japanese left-handed closer Yuki Matsui (28).
According to MLB.COM on the 24th (Korea Standard Time), San Diego signed a five-year contract with Matsui worth a total of $28 million (about 36.48 billion won).
It is reported that it includes opt-outs (exercising free agent rights again) that can be exercised after the 2026 and 2027 seasons, and options for clubs in the fifth year of their contract.
Matsui threw 659 ⅔ innings in 501 games for 10 seasons in the Japanese professional baseball (NPB) Rakuten Golden Eagles uniform, earning 236 saves and a 2.40 ERA.
Matsui mixes splitters and sliders with fastballs that hit early and mid 150 kilometers per hour.
Matsui is not particularly fast in ball speed, but he induces batters to swing and miss with the so-called “rising fastball” with high rotational speed.
He struck out 11.3 in nine innings last season with 39 saves and a 1.57 ERA.
Matsui took the mound in the top of the eighth inning against Korea and Japan at the World Baseball Classic in March this year, stopping Lee Jung-hoo, Park Hae-min and Kim Hyun-soo by three outs. 랭크카지노
Meanwhile, Matsui is 173cm tall and small.
MLB.COM introduced, “Matsui will be the third smallest pitcher among active pitchers after Clayton Andrews and Marcus Stroman.”