Got an active Big Leaguer Pitcher for $1 Million… Can Samsung Seabold Be the Next Peddy

On the 22nd, Samsung announced the recruitment of Seabold as a new foreign pitcher. He signed on conditions of a total of 1 million dollars, including a down payment of 100,000 dollars, an annual salary of 800,000 dollars, and incentives of 100,000 dollars. As the foreign pitcher market is worse than ever, only two new foreign pitchers have filled up 1 million dollars: LG Detrick N’s and Seabold. Unlike N’s who passed through Japan, he was the only one among the five pitchers who came to Korea from the U.S. to fill up 1 million dollars.

Sibold, a 188cm 86kg right-hander, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 83rd overall pick in the third round in the 2017 draft, traded to the Boston Red Sox in August 2020, and made his big league debut in 2021. After a brief experience of one game that year and five games last year, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies after the transfer (DFA) from Boston in January this year. 에볼루션 바카라사이트

In 27 games (13 starts, 87 ⅓ innings) in the Major League this season, he recorded one win and seven losses with a 7.52 ERA and 67 strikeouts. He started as a relief pitcher in April and started the rotation in May, but suffered a slump, and eventually changed his position to a relief pitcher in mid-July. He went down to the minor league in early August and was called up at the end of the season in late September, throwing two more games as relief pitcher. Seabold had the highest ERA among 172 pitchers in the league who threw more than 80 innings, but had a higher ERA in away games (8.03) than in home games (7.15).

Colorado had many opportunities because of its weak pitching staff, but gained experience in the big leagues. Colorado was expected to play in the Colorado Rockies next year due to lack of qualifications and salary arbitration, but was released on the 7th. Colorado Rockies have cleared Seabold to make room on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Clubs need to have vacancies on the 40-man roster at the time of the Rule 5 draft to select players. Colorado Rockies filled the Seabold spot when they drafted Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Anthony Molina in the Rule 5 draft.

After his release, Samsung contacted Seabold, who came to the market as a free agent, and quickly completed the contract in 15 days. It is noteworthy that he effectively became an active big leaguer at a time when the pitching market was in a dire situation. Among the new foreigners, Daniel Castano of NC and Kiwoom Enmanuel de Heissus are the pitchers who played in the Major League this year along with Seabold. However, the two pitchers pitched only three innings and six ⅓ innings, respectively, in two consecutive games.

As the market becomes increasingly difficult to find top-class foreign pitchers, the number of experienced players in the Major League Baseball was only 1-2 years ago or a brief call-up in the same year. Seabold’s career as an active big leaguer reminds one of the days when he spent nearly two consecutive seasons as a fifth starter in the Major League Baseball at this time last year. In 2022, he started all 27 games (127 innings) with the Washington Nationals, but was sluggish with 6 wins and 13 losses with a 5.81 ERA. When he was released as a non-tender after the season and became a free agent, NC quickly approached him and recruited him for a cap of 1 million dollars.

Even at the time of signing the contract, his move to NC Dinos surprised him and wondered why he had come to Korea. However, his move to Korea was a godsend for him, who needed turning points. He dominated the league with four KBO league pitchers (multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts, and winning percentage) and won the MVP award, and successfully made a U-turn in a year after receiving good treatment from the Chicago White Sox for two years.

Of course, it is hard to see both Seabold and Freddie at the same level. He was selected 18th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft, and has six seasons of experience in the Major League. He played 88 games in total as a starting pitcher. Seabold was a former promising player, but his 19 starts in three seasons in the Major League are incomparable to Feddie’s. Before moving to Korea, there is a considerable gap in Major League performance.

Still, it is certain that Seabold has the highest level of performance that he can bring to the market. Despite his disappointing performance in the Major League, he showed good performance in all three seasons with 38 games (172 innings) with 13 wins and seven losses with an ERA of 4.13. He also has a lot of strikeouts per nine innings with 9.3 strikeouts, but he has stable control with 2.4 walks. In this year’s big league, he also had 2.9 walks per nine innings with no more than three. With his short and concise back swing and low arm angle, Seabold, who throws a four-seam fastball at an average of 92.6 miles (149.0 kilometers) on the left-handed batter and sliders at right-handed batter as his decisive tool. It is positive that he has quality changeups while there are many strong left-handed hitters in the KBO league.

However, concerns are that he has had a gap of as little as two weeks to as long as two months due to elbow and forearm injuries over the past three years, and that he is a disadvantageous type in “Lapac,” Samsung’s home stadium, where many home runs are made due to a high proportion of fly balls. Regarding Seabold, Samsung said, “He uses strong fastballs with an average speed of 150 kilometers per hour, changeups and sliders with high completeness. He has excellent utilization of the strike zone left and right, so he will play a key role in the 2024 starting lineup based on his strong ball power and stable ball control.” It is not possible to hope for a second pedicure, but he seems to expect the best performance among the new foreign pitchers.

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