Ko Won-jun

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Ko Won-Jun
Lotte Giants – No. 17
Starting pitcher
Born: (1990-06-23) June 23, 1990 (age 24)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 15, 2010 for the Nexen Heroes
KBO statistics
(through mid-2011)
Win-Loss 9-12
Earned run average 3.90
Strikeouts 137
Teams
Ko Won-jun
Hangul 고원준
Hanja 高源浚
Revised Romanization Go Wonjun
McCune–Reischauer Ko Wŏnjun
This is a Korean name; the family name is Ko.

Ko Won-Jun (Hangul: 고원준, Hanja: 高原準) (born January 23, 1990 in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do) is a South Korean starting pitcher who plays for the Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

While attending Bugil High School in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, Ko was a starting pitcher in the team. During his last year in 2008, Ko developed into an ace pitcher for the team, posting 3-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched. However, he was not considered a standout on the national level as his team Bugil High School's 2008 season was unimpressive in the national tournaments, being eliminated early in the knockout stages.

Professional career[edit]

Ko made himself eligible for the 2009 KBO Draft. He was considered by some scouts to be a late round draft pick. However, the Heroes scouts paid attention to his high strikeout numbers (9.1 K/9) as a starter, and Ko was eventually selected as the 22nd overall pick in the draft by the Heroes.

Ko spent the his first pro season in the Heroes "B" team before progressing to the first team where he made his debut in relief against the Lotte Giants on April 15, 2010. In that game, Ko pitched 2/3 innings of shutout ball. His first KBO league win came as a starter on May 12 against the Kia Tigers, tossing six innings and surrendering only one run on eight hits. A week later, Ko pitched 713 no-hitter innings against the SK Wyverns, but lost the no-hit game with one out in the eighth inning when he allowed a double to the 23rd batter. Ko compiled a 2-2 record and a 2.11 ERA as of May 30, when he hurled eight shutout innings against the LG Twins and only surrendered three hits in that span. However, Ko struggled, going 3-5 with a 5.03 ERA from June to the end of the regular season. For the entire season, Ko's record was 5-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 131.0 innings pitched. After the 2010 season, Ko was selected for the South Korea national baseball team to compete in the Intercontinental Cup held in Taichung.

Notable international careers[edit]

 Year  Venue Competition  Team   Individual Note 
2010   Chinese Taipei   Intercontinental Cup  6th  1-1; 2.25 ERA (3 G, 12.0 IP, 3 ER, 10 K) 

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