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Left-hander becomes 1st Taiwanese in S. Korean baseball

All Headlines 12:33 January 27, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- Former major league left-hander Wang Wei-Chung became the first Taiwanese player in South Korean baseball Saturday.

The NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said they have signed Wang to a one-year deal worth US$900,000, including a $200,000 signing bonus.

Wang is the first Taiwanese in the KBO's 36-year history. The South Korean league started importing foreign players in 1998.

Wang, 25, has appeared in 22 games for the Milwaukee Brewers -- 14 in 2014 and eight more in 2017. He didn't have a win-loss record and posted an 11.09 ERA in 18 2/3 innings.

This photo provided by the NC Dinos baseball club on Jan. 27, 2018, shows the team's new pitcher, Wang Wei-Chung of Taiwan. (Yonhap)

In five minor league seasons, Wang went 26-21 with a 3.25 ERA in 116 appearances, including 67 starts.

The Dinos have now filled their foreign player quota. KBO teams can each carry three imports, with no more than two pitchers. Before Wang, the Dinos added Logan Verrett to their rotation and re-signed slugging first baseman Xavier Scruggs.

The Dinos said Wang can touch 151 km/h (93.8 mph) with his fastball and can mix in cutters, sinkers, curves and changeups.

"We've been following his development for a long time, and we wanted to go young with our foreign players," the Dinos general manager Yoo Young-joon said. "We have high expectations on a strong left-hander with big league experience."

Wang has completed his physical in South Korea and is scheduled to depart for the team's U.S. training camp next Tuesday with his new teammates.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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