Park Hyun-june

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Park Hyun-June
Pitcher
Born: (1986-09-22) September 22, 1986 (age 30)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
KBO debut
2009, SK Wyverns
KBO statistics
(through 2011)
Win-Loss 12-10
Earned Run Average 5.00
Strikeouts 161
Teams

Park Hyun-June (Hangul: 박현준, Hanja: 朴顯俊) (born September 22, 1986 in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do) was formerly a South Korean pitcher who played for the SK Wyverns and the LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization. He batted and threw right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

In 2005, Park enrolled in Kyung Hee University after graduation from Jeonju High School. Park started to garner attention in 2007 when he pitched a no-hitter against Wonkwang University in the group round of the college national championship (fall league) on September 12.

In 2008, as a senior at Kyung Hee University, Park led his team to win the college national championship (spring league) and earned MVP honors, tossing a two-run complete game victory in the final and posting a 3-0 record and a 0.87 ERA through the tournament. In July 2008, Park was selected for the South Korean collegiate national baseball team to complete in the World University Baseball Championship as a starter in the Czech Republic, when he was one of the most disappointing pitchers on the team. He racked up a win against Chinese Taipei in the round-robin phase, which assured South Korea a spot in the semifinals. However, he finished the tournament with a 6.61 ERA and 15 runs allowed in 16.1 innings.

Notable international careers[edit]

 Year  Venue Competition  Team  Individual Note
 2008    Czech Republic   World University Baseball Championship  4th  1-1, 6.61 ERA (4 G, 16.1 IP, 12 ER, 16 K) 

Professional career[edit]

SK Wyverns[edit]

Park was drafted by the SK Wyverns in the second round (8th pick, 16th overall) of the 2009 amateur draft. In the 2009 season, Park appeared in just 14 games as a setup man and posted a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings. After the season, Park was called up to the South Korean national baseball team and competed in the Baseball World Cup, where he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA appearing in 4 games as a relief pitcher.

Park was selected for the 26-man roster of the Wyverns' first team at the start of the 2010 season. However, he was relegated to the minor league after posting a horrendous ERA of 12.50 as a relief pitcher.

LG Twins[edit]

On July 28, 2010, Park was traded to the LG Twins. The Twins immediately moved Park from bullpen to the starting rotation of the Twins' first team, where he emerged as one of the Twins' reliable starters for the next season racking up 2 wins with a 5.76 ERA in 9 games as a starter. After the 2010 season, Park was selected for the South Korean national baseball team to compete in the Intercontinental Cup held in Taichung. He hurled a complete game to lead South Korea to an 8-1 win over Japan in Round 2 of the competition. Park was released from the Twins and banned from any professional baseball activities when he was involved in a match-fixing scandal with fellow pitcher Kim Seong-Hyun.

Notable international careers[edit]

 Year  Venue Competition  Team   Individual Note 
 2009   Europe Europe   Baseball World Cup 9th  1-0, 1.80 ERA (4 G, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 K) 
2010   Chinese Taipei   Intercontinental Cup  6th  1-0, 2.89 ERA (2 G, 9.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 K) 

Pitching style[edit]

Park is a sidearm pitcher with an 87-91 mph sinker (tops out at 94 mph), a slider, and a forkball.

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