April 8, 1988 |
Seoul, South Korea
|May 8, in 2011, for the Lotte Giants|
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||6.18|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Myeong-seong|
Kim Myung-sung (Hangul: 김명성) (born April 8, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean pitcher. He bats and throws right-handed. Kim was selected fifth overall by the Lotte Giants in the 2011 KBO Draft.
Kim completed a mediocre high school career at Jangchung High School in Seoul, where his main position was an infielder. Kim went undrafted in the 2007 KBO Draft, and enrolled at Chung-Ang University to continue his baseball career.
Kim broke out in the 2009 season with a 5–2 record and a 2.71 ERA, appearing in 16 games as a starting pitcher. In July, he was called up to the South Korean national baseball team for the 2009 Asian Baseball Championship held in Sapporo, Japan. In the championship, Kim made only one appearance for the team, tossing 0.1 innings of relief against Team Japan.
Kim had another strong season in 2010, posting a record of 6–0 and an ERA of 1.72 and allowing only one home run in 68 innings pitched. In July 2010, Kim was called up to play for Korea in the Korea-USA Baseball Championship Series. He started in Game 2 of the series and hurled 5.1 innings of two-run ball with 5 strikeouts against Team USA. On September 6, Kim was selected as the only amateur player of the final 24 members for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Kim tossed 2.1 shutout innings in South Korea's 17-0 win over Pakistan in the group round of the baseball tournament at the Asian Games, allowing only one hit and racking up three strikeouts.
Notable international careers
|2009||Japan||Asian Baseball Championship||0-0; 0.00 ERA (1 G, 0.1 IP, 0 ER)|
|2010||United States||Korea vs USA Baseball Championship||0W-5L||0-1; 3.00 ERA (2 G, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 K)|
|2010||China||Asian Games||1-0; 0.00 ERA (1 G, 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 K)|
- Korea Baseball Organization career statistics at Koreabaseball.com (Korean)