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Leaders in batting average, ERA vie for top KBO player award for April

Sports 14:46 May 02, 2019

SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- The current leaders in batting average and ERA in South Korean baseball have been nominated for the top player honors in the first month of the 2019 season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) on Thursday announced three pitchers and two batters as nominees for the Player of the Month award for April. The award also covers the final week of March since the season began on March 23.

In this file photo from April 28, 2019, Jose Miguel Fernandez of the Doosan Bears points to his dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Lotte Giants in the bottom of the second inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Jose Miguel Fernandez of the Doosan Bears is one of two hitters up for the award. Through the end of April, the first-year import from Cuba was leading the KBO with a .392 batting average, 49 hits and 79 total bases and was tied for the lead in both home runs (seven) and RBIs (30).

On the pitching side is Tyler Wilson of the LG Twins, who boasts a sparkling 0.57 ERA in seven starts. In a league-high 47 2/3 innings, Wilson has only allowed three earned runs and has gone 4-0.

Two Doosan pitchers, starter Josh Lindblom and reliever Lee Hyoung-beom, were also nominated. Lindblom is second to Wilson in ERA with 1.38 and is tied for the lead with five wins.

Lee also has five wins out of the bullpen, and he has two holds to go along with them in 17 appearances.

In this file photo from April 10, 2019, Tyler Wilson of the LG Twins celebrates striking out Darin Ruf of the Samsung Lions in the top of the fourth inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

NC Dinos' catcher Yang Eui-ji is putting together an outstanding first season with the team after signing as a free agent. In 28 games through April, Yang was first in home runs (seven) and slugging percentage (.674) and ranked second in batting average (.358) and third in on-base percentage (.438).

The winner will be determined in a vote by the media, while fans can also cast their votes on the mobile application for Shinhan Bank, the title sponsor for the KBO. The fan voting closes at midnight Monday, and the winner will be announced next Wednesday.

The Player of the Month will receive 2 million won (US$1,720) in cash and a gold bar worth 600,000 won from Shinhan Bank.

In this file photo from April 18, 2019, Yang Eui-ji of the NC Dinos follows the flight of his batted ball against the LG Twins in the bottom of the sixth inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Changwon NC Park in Changwon, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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