What is Ham Deok-ju’s chance to challenge to MLB? “28-year-old HAM, age is the weapon.”

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced on March 30 that it had received a request for a background check on Ham Deok-ju from the Major League Baseball (MLB) office in the United States. A background check is a preliminary step before signing a player.

While a background check doesn’t always lead to an actual signing, it does mean that there are teams interested in Ham Deok-ju. Unlike Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes) and Go Woo-seok (LG Twins), who challenged the ML through the posting system (private bidding), Ham Deok-ju is a free agent, which amplified the interest in signing him.레모나토토

Ham Deok-ju appeared in 57 games this season, posting a 4-0 record with 16 saves and a 1.62 ERA, helping LG win its first title in 29 years. His fastball tops out at 145 km/h, but his deception (the act of hiding the ball when pitching) is said to be much more than that.

“MLB Trade Rumors,” which covers the MLB transfer market, said of Ham Deok-ju, “This season, he pitched well with a 26.6% strikeout rate, 9.9% walk rate, 59.8% ground ball rate, and a 1.62 ERA,” adding, “In 2021 and 2022, his effectiveness decreased due to injuries, but overall, he has a great track record.

“He has an advantage,” the outlet said of Hamdeok-ju’s MLB challenge. “The market for left-handed relievers this (MLB) offseason includes Josh Hader (29), Aroldis Chapman (35) and Matt Moore (34), who could break the all-time record for a reliever, as well as Yuki Matsui (28) from Nippon Professional Baseball,” the outlet said, noting that while Matsui is 28, most free agent left-handers are in their mid-to-late 30s.

The 2023 KBO League game between the Samsung Lions and LG Twins was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the afternoon of the 9th. LG pitcher Ham Deok-ju pitches in the seventh inning. Jamsil=Jung Si-jong reporter capa@edaily.co.kr /2023.04.09.

Meanwhile, Go Woo-seok, who is trying to make it to the big leagues with his teammate, reportedly received interest from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 6 (KST). Derek Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that day, “St. Louis met with agents today to discuss signing the reliever. The club is looking to bolster its bullpen in the offseason, and two more players could be added in the coming days,” and named Woo-seok Ko and Yuki Matsui.

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