Jang Won-sam

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Jang Won-Sam
Samsung Lions – No. 13
Starting pitcher
Born: (1983-06-09) June 9, 1983 (age 31)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
KBO: April 11, 2006 for the Hyundai Unicorns
KBO statistics
(through 2013)
Win-Loss 88–65
Earned run average 3.66
Strikeouts 874
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Jang Won-sam
Medal record
Men's baseball
Competitor for  South Korea
Olympics
Gold 2008 Beijing Team
World Baseball Classic
Silver 2009 Los Angeles Team

Jang Won-Sam (Hangul: 장원삼, Hanja: 張洹三) (born June 9, 1983 in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea) is a South Korean left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Amateur career[edit]

As a junior at Yongma High School in Masan, South Korea, Jang was selected by the Hyundai Unicorns with the 89th pick in the 2nd round (97th overall) of the 2002 KBO Draft. However, he entered Kyungsung University upon graduation from high school instead of turning pro directly.

In 2004, as a junior at Kyungsung University Jang made his first appearance for the South Korea national baseball team at the 2nd World University Baseball Championship in Tainan City, Taiwan. There he led his team the bronze medal alongside Oh Seung-Hwan and Jeong Keun-Woo.

In 2005, Jang was selected for the South Korea national team again, and participated in the Baseball World Cup held in the Netherlands. He helped the team win the silver medal, finishing 4th in strikeouts (24). He pitched an eight shutout inning victory over South Africa in the preliminary round, and appeared in seven of South Korea's 11 games.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2004  Chinese Taipei World University Baseball Championship Bronze medal icon.svg
2005  Japan Asian Baseball Championship 4th
2005  Netherlands Baseball World Cup Silver medal icon.svg 4th in strikeouts

Professional career[edit]

Hyundai Unicorns & Heroes[edit]

Signed by the Hyundai Unicorns in 2006, Jang started his pro career as a starting pitcher. In the 2006 KBO season, he finished runner-up to Ryu Hyun-Jin for Rookie of the Year with 2nd in strikeouts (142), 5th in ERA (2.85) and 7th in wins (12), and was selected to the All-Star team. After the season, he was selected for the South Korea national team and competed in the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar.

During the 2007 season, he went 9−10 with 132 strikeouts in 168.2 innnings, finishing 10th in ERA (3.63).

In the 2008 season, Jang finished with a 12–8 record and a 2.85 ERA in 167.2 innings. He was 4th in wins, 5th in ERA and 4th in strikeouts (126). In August 2008, Jang competed for the South Korea national baseball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where they won the gold medal in the baseball tournament. In the tournament, he pitched a 10−0 complete game shutout victory over the Netherlands and tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief against China.[1]

In March 2009, Jang was called up to the South Korea national baseball team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic prior to the 2009 KBO season, but had a disappointing performance, pitching to a 5.06 ERA. In South Korea's second game in Round 1 against Japan, Jang came on in relief in the 3rd inning but allowed 3 runs and 4 hits in 2.2 innings pitched. He started the Pool 1 title match against Japan in Round 2, but went only 3 innings allowing 2 runs and 5 hits including the solo home run by Seiichi Uchikawa. Jang struggled the 2009 KBO season with a 5.54 ERA and a record of 4-8, by far the worst of his career.

Samsung Lions[edit]

After the 2009 season, Jang was traded to the Samsung Lions with ₩3 billion won ($3 million). He bounced back in the 2010 season to finish sixth in the league in ERA (3.46), seventh in wins (13) and eighth in strikeouts (115).

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2006  Qatar Asian Games Bronze medal icon.svg 1−0; 2.45 ERA (2 G, 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 K)
2007  Chinese Taipei Asian Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg 1-0; 0.00 ERA (2 G, 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K)
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg 0−0; 1.80 ERA (2 G, 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 K)
2008  China Olympic Games Gold medal icon.svg 1−0; 0.00 ERA (2 G, 12.1 IP, 0 ER, 11 K)
2009  United States World Baseball Classic Silver medal icon.svg 0−0; 5.06 ERA (2 G, 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 K)

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