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SK Wyverns acquire Dominican pitcher Angel Sanchez

All Headlines 10:02 November 28, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club SK Wyverns announced their signing of Dominican right-hander Angel Sanchez on Tuesday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said the 28-year-old has agreed to a US$1.1 million contract. Sanchez replaces Scott Diamond in the Wyverns' rotation.

Sanchez made his big league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and made eight appearances overall, going 1-0 with an 8.76 ERA across 12 1/3 innings.

He has pitched in 160 minor league games, with a 38-47 record and a 4.41 ERA.

The Wyverns said Sanchez can touch 158 kph (98 mph) with his fastball, and can also mix in curves, sliders and changeups. They added they've kept an eye on Sanchez for a long time and even considered signing him for the 2016 season before an injury derailed that plan.

"I think he's gotten even better after recovering from his injury," a team official said. "We felt he could be an effective starting pitcher for our team for a long time."

The Wyverns have filled up their foreign player quota for next season, having already retained starter Merrill Kelly and slugger Jamie Romak for another go.

KBO teams can each sign three foreign players, and at least one must be a position player.

In this photo provided by the SK Wyverns baseball club, Dominican right-hander Angel Sanchez (R) shakes hands with the Wyverns general manager Yeom Kyung-yup after signing a US$1.1 million contract on Nov. 28, 2017. (Yonhap)

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