The Book on Hyun-Jin Ryu
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Hyun-Jin Ryu / LHP, LAD
Incheon, South Korea
718 | 2/26/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/18/2013): #49
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
Scout.com/FOX Sports: Unranked or n/a
ESPN: Unranked or n/a
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2013: #42
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
Hyun-Jin Ryu is a veteran lefthander who won the Korean Rookie of the Year and MVP in 2006, and has been a league All-Star for six seasons since. Most recently, Ryu went 9-9 with a 2.66 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 183 innings last season for the Hanwha Eagles.
A wide, solid pitcher, Hyun-Jin surprisingly lacks overpowering stuff, but can show masterful command and control of both a low-90's fastball and a plus change, a combination that is usually all one needs to succeed in MLB. If it's not, he also shows a workable curve and slider, though not very often.
(For Scouting Book readers unfamiliar with Korean naming conventions, please note that 'Ryu' is the gentleman's family name.)
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News and Notes
12/10/2012 by KDaddy
The Dodgers have signed lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year, $36 million contract, according to SI.com. The deal could be a very good one for the Dodgers if the 25-year old Ryu lives up to his billing. We like his chances in that ballpark and division, adjustment periods notwithstanding.
11/10/2012 by KDaddy
Contradicting earlier reports from SI.com that the Cubs were the winning team, it's actually the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers who won the rights to negotiate with Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu... if one considers it a blessing to have the honor of dealing with Scott Boras, that is. LA is definitely a park that will be kinder to a pitcher like Ryu, so it's good news for him. Given LA's significant Korean population, this makes more than a little sense businesswise, too.