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Baseball club acquires new American pitcher

All Headlines 12:16 November 07, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club KT Wiz announced Monday they have acquired new American pitcher Donn Roach.

The expansion team in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said the right-hander has signed a one-year deal for US$850,000, including a signing bonus of an undisclosed amount.

Roach has spent the majority of his career in the U.S. minor leagues, with a career mark of 50-39 and a 3.68 ERA in 178 appearances.

He has made 21 major league appearances for three different clubs, most recently for the Seattle Mariners this year. He has a 3-1 record with a 5.77 ERA in 21 big league games.

The Wiz general manager Lim Jong-taek said Roach, 26, has been on the club's radar "for quite some time."

"If he can make adjustments to the new league, we expect him to be the solid No. 2 starter next season," the GM said in a statement. "He has a steady command of his pitches and can paint the corners with his big breaking balls."

The Wiz, which joined the KBO in 2015, have finished dead last in both of their first two seasons. They were allowed to carry four foreign players in their first two seasons, one more than the rest of the league.

In 2016, they had three American pitchers in their rotation -- Travis Banwart, Ryan Feierabend and Josh Lowey -- to close out the season, after starting the season with Banwart, Yohan Pino and Sugar Ray Marimon.

Infielder Andy Marte was their fourth foreign player. The Wiz will have to cut one of the incumbents next season.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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