After winning their first championship in 29 years, the LG Twins are looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time in franchise history. The most important part of the roster for next season is foreign players. Casey Kelly and Austin Dean were quickly re-signed. What’s left is a first-round pick to be the team’s ace.
We already know who that is. LG is in talks with left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns, 32, who has spent the last two years with the Seibu Lions of the Japanese professional baseball organization. LG has identified Enns as its top priority and has been in talks since early December, when his contract with Seibu ended. The KBO’s first contract for a foreigner is worth up to $1 million, so there’s no room to argue over the details.랭크카지노
LG and the Enns have reportedly agreed on the terms of the contract. The announcement is expected to be made as soon as the medical checks come back clean.
Enns was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of the 2012 draft and reached the big leagues in 2017 after being traded to the Minnesota Twins. He has since bounced around to the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay Rays for opportunities. He returned to the big leagues in 2021 as a bullpen arm for Tampa Bay, pitching in nine games.
After the 2021 season, he turned his attention to Asia. Signing with Japan’s Seibu, Enns started 23 games as a starter and threw 122⅓ innings, compiling a 10-7 record with a 2.94 ERA. It was only the third time in Japanese professional baseball history that a foreign left-handed pitcher had won 10 games in his debut season, and the first time in 69 years that a foreign left-handed pitcher had done so for Seibu. This year, however, he had his worst season, going 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 appearances.
LG Andrew Suarez won the 2021 season with a 10-2 record, but was not re-signed. Jae-geun Jung Reporter email@example.com
“If you think of it as a healthy Suarez, it will be easier to understand,” LG said of Enns.
Andrew Suarez is a left-handed pitcher who played for LG for one year in 2021. He throws a fastball that sits in the low 140s, a slider, and a changeup, with good command and control. He went 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 23 games and 115 1/3 innings pitched. He pitched well, but the problem was that he had too many nagging injuries, especially in the second half of the year, and he struggled when his team was battling for first place. He struck out 9.8 batters per nine innings, which was very good, but LG wanted a pitcher who could go more than six innings consistently, so they brought in Adam Plutko.
If Enns can produce a “steady Suarez” type of performance as a starter, it will take some of the pressure off of Kelly and allow the team to build a solid 1-2 punch. His two years of experience in Japanese baseball could help him pitch in Korea.
LG has closer Ko Woo-seok, who is trying to make it to the majors through the postseason, and free agents Im Chan-kyu, Ham Deok-ju, and Kim Min-seong are in talks. Lee Jung-yong, who performed well as a late-inning starter and helped the team win the Korean Series out of the bullpen, will be enlisting in the military, which will create a negative factor in LG’s win total this season, and it could get worse. The team will need steady performances from its foreign players to win back-to-back titles, and it is especially important for the new foreigners to adapt quickly.
One of the contenders for LG’s back-to-back title is KT, which has the strongest lineup of foreign players. The team re-signed William Cuevas, who is undefeated with 12 wins, and bolstered its batting lineup with the addition of Mel Rojas Jr. who won four MVP awards in 2020 for home runs, RBIs, runs scored, and on-base percentage. Re-signing Wes Benjamin, who finished second in wins with 15 this year, will also significantly reduce foreign risk by creating a roster of successful foreign players who are fully acclimated to the KBO.