Monday, March 28, 2005

Jae-Kuk Ryu Report

Jae-Kuk Ryu, RHP, Chicago Cubs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, South Korea
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

The sworn enemy of ospreys everywhere spent 2004 as a reliever. He still has good stuff. Unfortunately he's picked up some back and elbow problems along the way, and he's still likely a walking, talking example of premise that you don't have to be smart to be a decent baseball player. He primarily works with a low 90's fastball, but he also mixes in some good breaking stuff and a promising changeup.

2004 Boise: 2.57 ERA, 7 K, 5 BB, 7 H, 7 IP
2004 West Tenn: 2.95 ERA, 19 K, 10 BB, 22 H, 18 IP
mL Career: 3.55 ERA, 247 K, 109 BB, 249 H, 9 HR, 263 IP

His elbow problems limited to tendonitis, and there was no reported structural damage or anything that required surgery. It kept him out of action for most of the season, and probably was the root cause of his control issues, which were never a big problem earlier in his career. If he gets healthy and doesn't do anything monumentally stupid (like killing any more protected species), he has a chance to be very good reliever, or possibly return to being a good starting pitcher. He has the arsenal of a mid-rotation starter, or a very polished reliever. However, he has to actually stay healthy and not demonstrate a complete lack of common sense. He'll be back with the Diamond Jaxx to start the season.

ETA: 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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