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KT Wiz sign new American pitcher

All Headlines 16:45 July 07, 2016

SEOUL, July 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club KT Wiz signed a new foreign pitcher on Thursday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club inked American right-hander Josh Lowey to a US$220,000 deal, which includes a $50,000 signing bonus, for the rest of the season.

The career minor leaguer has been pitching for the Acereros de Monclova in the Mexican League in 2016. He was the league leader with 13 wins, 1.65 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings, across 16 starts.

The Wiz said Lowey's fastball sits around low 90s in miles per hour and mixes it with a curveball.

To make room for Lowey, the Wiz will release injured right-hander Sugary Ray Marimon. The Wiz said they decided not to keep him on board given the severity of his elbow injury and the length of his rehab.

In his first KBO season, Marimon went 6-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 12 appearances. He last pitched on June 11.

The KBO teams are each allowed to have three foreign players, but the Wiz, a second-year franchise, are allowed to carry four imports for their first two KBO seasons.

Lowey will join Travis Banwart and Yohan Pino on the Wiz's staff.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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