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Kwang-Hyun Kim will compete with Carlos Martinez for the No.5 spot in the Cardinals' rotation. Manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that he envisions the Cardinals sticking with a five-man rotation during the 60-game season.
The Cardinals will stick with a five-man rotation and most likely limit in the innings of starters during the shortened 60-game season. Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Adam Wainwright and Miles Mikolas currently occupy the top four spots. Kim and Martinez are in a battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. “We’re going to have to somewhat declare it soon, what that looks like, but we want to reserve the first week or so to lay our eyes on guys and see how they recover,” Shildt said. The 31-year-old went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA and a 8.5 K:9 in Korea last season.
Kwang-Hyun Kim allowed two hits while striking out four through three scoreless innings in Monday's 3-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins.
Kim has yet to allow a run this spring and owns a 11:1 K:BB through eight innings. He appears to be fully recovered from the groin injury that caused him to miss last Monday's start. Kim is making a strong case for one of the open spots in the Cardinals rotation. He went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 8.5 K:9 in Korea last season.
Kwang-Hyun Kim felt good Tuesday after throwing a bullpen session Monday and remains on track to make his next Grapefruit League start Thursday.
Kim was recently scratched from Monday's Grapefruit League start due to a groin injury. He felt good after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday and remains on target to start Thursday's contest. Kim is currently one of the favorites to win one of the Cardinals' two rotation spots. The 31-year old, who signed a two-year $8 million dollar contract this off-season, owned a a 2.51 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP over 31 appearances in Korea last season.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Korean left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim have agreed to a major league contract, according to a report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A press conference has been scheduled for today.
Kim was 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 180 strikeouts in Korea last season, and he has a career ERA of 3.27 over 12 seasons. He will definitely be a pitcher worth watching in Spring Training, as a smooth transition from the KBO to the MLB could make him an interesting mid-round target in some formats.