Kim Kwang-hyun

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Kim Kwang-hyun
Kim Kwang-Hyun, Beijing 2008.jpg
SK Wyverns – No. 29
Starting Pitcher
Born: (1988-07-22) July 22, 1988 (age 29)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
KBO debut
April 10, 2007, for the SK Wyverns
KBO statistics
(through June, 2016)
Win–Loss 103–62
Earned run average 3.36
Strikeouts 1,105
Career highlights and awards
  • KBO League MVP : (2008)
Kim Kwang-hyun
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  South Korea
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team
World Baseball Classic
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Incheon Team
2015 WBSC Premier12
Gold medal – first place 2015 Tokyo Team
Kim Kwang-hyun
Hanja 金廣鉉
Revised Romanization Gim Gwanghyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kwanghyŏn

Kim Kwang-hyun (Hangul: 김광현; 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 KBO League.

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 League 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 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 leader 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 strike outs 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 League 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 ERA title, pitching 138.1 innings which enabled him enough to qualify for the ERA title.

On November 4, 2014, Kim was posted to MLB. The San Diego Padres won the bidding with a bid of $2 million.[1] However, contract negotiations ended without an agreement and Kim returned to the SK Wyverns.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2008 KBO MVP
  • 2008 Golden Glove Award (Pitcher)


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)
2014  South Korea 2014 Asian Games Gold medal icon.svg 0–0, 3.52 ERA (2 G, 7.2 IP, 3 ER)
2015  Japan WBSC Premier12 Gold medal icon.svg 0–1, 5.14 ERA (2 G, 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 K)

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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