Hanwha’s alternative foreign pitcher ‘Ryan Weiss’ will make his KBO League debut against Doosan in Daejeon on the 25th

Ryan Weiss, an “alternative foreign pitcher” of the Hanwha Eagles, will make his KBO League debut on Saturday at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon. His opponent is the Doosan Bears.

Hanwha signed a six-week contract with right-handed Weiss for a total of $100,000 ($12,000 down payment, $48,000 annual salary, $40,000 incentive) to fill the void of left-handed pitcher Ricardo Sanchez, who left the lineup due to elbow pain.유흥알바

Weiss, who entered Korea on the 18th and greeted his new colleagues at Cheongju Stadium, moved to Japan and got a work visa before returning to Korea. After completing administrative procedures, Hanwha announced that Weiss will start against Doosan on the 25th.

Weiss, who is 193 centimeters tall, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 129th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 U.S. professional baseball draft, but failed to stand on the mound of the Major League Baseball (MLB).

His overall record in the U.S. Major League Baseball is 17 wins and 14 losses with a 4.88 ERA in 132 games and 313 ⅓ innings in five seasons. Among them, he started 47 games.

Weiss, who signed with Taiwanese professional baseball’s Fubang Guardians in August last year, won four games and lost one game with a 2.32 ERA in five games.

This year, he played in the independent Atlantic League in the U.S., receiving three wins and four losses with a 4.34 ERA in nine games. Since he played in games until recently, he has no problem in taking the mound on Saturday.

Hanwha said, “WICE throws a fastball in the 150km/h range and a sinker in the 140km/h range, mixing curves, sliders, and changeups.”

Hanwha’s new foreign pitcher Jaime Barria pitched well with a 2-1, 2.49 ERA in four games, and Ryu Hyun-jin, “Korea’s best pitcher in the 21st century,” played two wins and a 1.80 ERA in four games in June, forming a “one-two punch.”

He ranks seventh with a 4.85 ERA this season, but will finish fourth with a 4.32 ERA as of June 24. If Weiss succeeds in adapting to the KBO league, the Hanwha Eagles will become more solid.

Weiss, who signed a “six-week” short-term contract, may also be able to push out Sanchez and secure a spot as Hanwha’s foreign player if he continues his good pitching.

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