Yoon to try out for MLB teams

Chung Sung-Jun

Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon will try out for MLB teams in hopes of playing in the big leagues in 2014.

Korean star pitcher Suk-Min Yoon has let teams know that he will soon travel to Los Angeles to tryout for MLB clubs, writes the Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. A client of Scott Boras, the 27 year old right-hander would not require a posting fee as he is technically a free agent.

Yoon currently pitches for the Kia Tigers and has been with the organization for roughly 8 years with the club selecting him in the 2nd round of the 2005 KBO draft. A reliever for his first two seasons, Yoon transferred to the rotation in 2007 where he emerged as one of the best pitchers in the Korean Baseball Organization. He had his best statistical season in 2011 when he led the league with 17 wins, a 2.45 ERA, and 178 strikeouts in 172.1 innings, en route to being named the league's Most Valuable Player.

The Seoul native has represented his county in international play twice, with the first time being in 2008 when he helped lead the South Korean national baseball team to the gold medal in that Summer's Olympics, which took place in Beijing, China. The following year, Yoon competed for South Korea in the 2nd edition of the World Baseball Classic. The South Korean team would eventually finish in 2nd place to two-time champ Japan.

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