|Kia Tigers – No. 20|
July 24, 1986 |
Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
|April 2, 2005, for the Kia Tigers|
|Earned run average||3.19|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Representing South Korea|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2009 Los Angeles||Team|
|Revised Romanization||Yun Seongmin|
Yoon Suk-min (Hangul: 윤석민, Hanja: 尹錫珉; born July 24, 1986) is a South Korean pitcher. He previously played for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League and in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He bats and throws right-handed.
Yoon is a 6 ft 0 in, 190 lb right-handed pitcher. With a three-quarters delivery Yoon throws a fastball at 90-92 mph (tops out at 96 mph), a change-up, an occasional curveball, and a hard-breaking, mid-80s slider. With a shoulder injury his fastball dipped into high-80s, and he converted to relief during the 2013 season.
Kia Tigers (2005–2013)
The Kia Tigers selected Yoon with the first pick in the second round of the 2005 Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) draft. Yoon made his professional debut with the Tigers on April 2, 2005. In his rookie season, he showed signs of promise, with a 4.29 earned run average (ERA) in 84 innings pitched across 53 games as the Tigers' primary setup man. In 2006, Yoon played as a middle reliever and closer for the Tigers, and collected nine holds and 19 saves.
In 2007, Yoon joined the starting rotation due to the Tigers' ace Han Ki-joo's transition to a closing pitcher. Yoon had a 7-18 win–loss record with a 3.78 ERA as a starter. While his ERA was decent, he had poor run support in 18 of his losses, the most in the 2007 season. This gave him the nickname "The Unfortunate Ace". In 2008, Yoon emerged as one of the most consistent pitchers in the KBO league, going 14-5 with a 2.33 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 154 2⁄3 innings pitched. He won the ERA title and finished runner-up to Kim Kwang-hyun in wins.
In August 2008, Yoon competed for the South Korean national baseball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where they won the gold medal in the baseball tournament. He was 2-0 with a save, a 2.34 ERA and six strikeouts, pitching 7 2⁄3 innings in five games as a utility pitcher. In March 2009, Yoon competed for the South Korea national baseball team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched, appearing in 4 games. He started against Venezuela in the semifinal game, and led South Korea to a 10-2 victory. Yoon baffled the South American major league all-star squad, allowing only two runs and seven hits in 6 1⁄3 innings pitched.
In the beginning of the 2009 KBO season, Yoon became the Tigers' closer again as Han Ki-joo was put on the disabled list. As a closer, he posted seven saves with a 2.45 ERA. Yoon returned to the starting rotation but was put on the disabled list for a month. In July, he returned from the injury and won all of his 7 decisions as a starter. However, he had the worst pitching performance in his pro career on September 5, allowing 10 runs in 3 1⁄3 innings against the Doosan Bears, and was then sidelined with a shoulder injury for the rest of the season. Yoon finished the season with a record of 9-4 with 7 saves, an ERA of 3.46 and 117 strikeouts in 119 2⁄3 innings pitched which didn't enable him to qualify for the ERA title.
Yoon was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2011 season. He received the KBO's highest honor for leading the league in four pitching categories, marking a 2.45 ERA, 17 wins, 178 strikeouts, and a .773 winning percentage in 172 1⁄3 innings. He is the first pitcher to stand at top of four categories since Korean pitching legend, Sun Dong-yeol accomplished the feat in 1991.
Baltimore Orioles (2014)
A free agent after the 2013 season, Yoon announced his intentions to play in Major League Baseball. According to unconfirmed reports, Yoon has agreed to a three-year contract, worth US$5.75 million, with the Baltimore Orioles. On February 17, 2014, Yoon has passed his physicals and officially signed by the Orioles. Yoon pitched for the Norfolk Tides of the Class AAA International League, where he had a 4-8 record and a 5.74 ERA in 23 appearances. He was outrighted off the Orioles roster on August 30, 2014.
The Orioles opted not to invite Yoon to spring training in 2015. He chose to return to Korea rather than report to the Orioles' minor league camp. The Orioles released Yoon, with Yoon agreeing to forego the remainder of his contract.
Kia Tigers (2015–present)
Yoon signed a four-year contract to return to the Tigers worth ₩9 billion (US$8.2 million), the largest contract signed by a free agent in KBO.
In 2015, his role was closer. He had a 2.96 ERA, 2-6 record, and 30 saves.
- 2008 ERA Title
- 2008 WHIP Leader
- 2011 KBO MVP
- 2011 Golden glove
Notable international careers
|2006||Qatar||Asian Games||0-0; 0.00 ERA (2 G, 4.2 IP, 0 ER, 6K)|
|2008||China||Olympic Games||2-0; 1 SV, 2.34 ERA (5 G, 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6K)|
|2009||United States||World Baseball Classic||2-0, 1.13 ERA (4 G, 16 IP, 2 ER, 13K)|
|2010||China||Asian Games||1-0, 0.00 ERA (2 G, 6 IP, 0 ER)|
- Suk-min Yoon MLB.com
- "Orioles to add Suk-min Yoon". ESPN.com. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- Ghiroli, Brittany (February 13, 2014). "Orioles have three-year deal with Korea's Yoon". MLB.com. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- "Yoon passes physical, signs three-year deal with O's". MLB.com. February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
- "Orioles sign RHP Suk-min Yoon". ESPN.com. February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
- Suk-min Yoon returning to South Korea, MASN Sports, March 5, 2015.
- Ex-KBO MVP Yoon Suk-min signs record deal at home after failed U.S. stint, Yonhap, March 6, 2015.