Kim Kwang-hyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Kwang-Hyun
Kim Kwang-Hyun, Beijing 2008.jpg
Kim pitching for South Korea in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
SK Wyverns – No. 29
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-07-22) July 22, 1988 (age 26)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
KBO: April 10, 2007 for the SK Wyverns
KBO statistics
(through 2013)
Win-Loss 70-40
Earned run average 3.28
Strikeouts 725
Teams
Kim Kwang-hyun
Medal record
Men's baseball
Olympics
Gold 2008 Beijing Team
World Baseball Classic
Silver 2009 Los Angeles Team

Kim Kwang-Hyun (Hangul: 김광현, Hanja: 金廣鉉) (born July 22, 1988 in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea) is a South Korean left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Amateur career[edit]

Kim attended Ansan Technical High School in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. In 2004, he led his team to the first national championship ever, pitching four-consecutive complete game victories in the tournament with a 0.96 ERA, and was named MVP.

In 2005, Kim was selected for the South Korea national junior team that was runner-up at the 6th Asian Junior Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea. He earned two wins against Chinese Taipei, and pitched a five-inning no-hitter against Japan.

In 2006, Kim competed for the South Korea national junior team in the 22nd World Junior Baseball Championship in Havana, Cuba. He led his team to the gold medal, earning four of South Korea's six wins. Kim tossed a five-hit complete game shutout to lead South Korea to a 1-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals, and pitched two wins over Canada in the semifinals and USA in the final. He posted a solid 0.87 ERA and 22 strikeouts throughout the tournament, and was named the Most Valuable Player.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2005  South Korea Asian Junior Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg 2-2, 1.04 ERA (4 G, 11.2 IP, 3 ER, 12 K)
2006  Cuba World Junior Baseball Championship Gold medal icon.svg 4-0, 0.87 ERA (5 G, 20.2 IP, 2 ER, 22 K)
Most Valuable Player

Professional career[edit]

Signed by the SK Wyverns, Kim made his professional debut on April 10, 2007. He was in the Wyverns' starting pitching rotation for most of the 2007 KBO season. Although his performance was inconsistent, he showed signs of promise as a rookie, including pitching a one-hit victory in 713 innings over the Doosan Bears, facing MVP Daniel Rios in the 2007 Korean Series.

On January, 2008, Kim was selected for the South Korea national baseball team and participated in the Beijing Olympic Qualification Final Tournament held from March 7 through March 14, 2008 in Taichung, Taiwan. There he helped his team win a spot in the Beijing Summer Olympics by starting two times and going 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.

In the 2008 KBO season, Kim had a career year. He went 16-4 with a 2.39 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 162 innings pitched. Kim ended the season as the KBO league champion for both wins and strikeouts.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Kim contributed to his team's victories as results of 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 12 Strikeouts in 3 games. In the semifinal game against Japan, he gave up one earned run and six hits in eight innings for Korea to get the victory. Kim did not allow a runner past first base after the 3rd inning, when Japan scored on a walk, a sacrifice and a single by Norichika Aoki.

In March 2009, Kim competed for the South Korea national baseball team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where they finished runner-up. He started against Japan in South Korea's first game in Tokyo, Japan, but suffered one of his worst games, giving up eight runs in just 1.1 innings of a 14-2 loss to Japan. Kim couldn't get over the disastrous start in Tokyo, struggling in the exhibition games against MLB teams before the start of Round 2. Command of his pitches became a trouble spot, and Team Korea manager Kim In-Sik pitched him in relief until the end of the competition.

On August 2, 2009, Kim was hit with a batted ball hit by Kim Hyun-Soo when he had one of the worst pitching performances in his KBO career, allowing 4 runs in just 2 innings against the Doosan Bears. He suffered a fracture on the back of his hand and he was out for the season as the result. However, he won the 2009 KBO ERA title, pitching 138.1 innings which enabled him enough to qualify for the ERA title.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2008 Player of the Year
  • 2008 Golden Glove Award (Pitcher)

Achievements[edit]

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg 2-0, 1.64 ERA (2 G, 11.0 IP, 2 ER)
2008  China Olympic Games Gold medal icon.svg 1-0, 1.26 ERA (3 G, 14.1 IP, 2 ER)
2009  United States World Baseball Classic Silver medal icon.svg 0-1, 21.60 ERA (4 G, 3.1 IP, 8 ER)

Pitching style[edit]

With an overhand delivery kim pitches a fastball usually sits around 90 mph (tops out at 96 mph), and his changeup, slider and curveball are all major league average pitches. Like other young pitchers, Kim still has problem in his control and command.

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