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Right-hander returns to KBO after stint in Taiwan

All Headlines 18:03 June 03, 2019

SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) -- Dominican right-hander Henry Sosa is returning to South Korea for his eighth season following a short stint in Taiwan.

The SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Monday they've signed Sosa for US$170,000 for the rest of the season and given him a signing bonus of $350,000.

In this photo provided by the SK Wyverns baseball club on June 3, 2019, Henry Sosa (C) shakes hands with a team official after signing with the Korea Baseball Organization club. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Sosa, 33, will replace Canadian right-hander Brock Dykxhoorn in the Wyverns' rotation.

Dykxhoorn had been 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA in 12 appearances in his first KBO season. He had 58 strikeouts against 18 walks in 65 2/3 innings. While those numbers are solid, the Wyverns weren't pleased with his lack of velocity. Dykxhoorn was averaging 144.3 kilometers per hour (km/h) with his fastball, ranking him 16th among qualified starters.

The Wyverns' other foreign starter, Angel Sanchez, is leading the KBO in that category with 150.8 km/h. And the team will now pair him up with another fireballer in Sosa, who ranked second behind Sanchez in the average fastball velocity in 2018 at 149.5 km/h while pitching for the LG Twins.

The Wyverns will be Sosa's fourth KBO club. He made his KBO debut with the Kia Tigers in 2012 and spent two seasons there. He pitched for the Nexen (currently Kiwoom) Heroes in 2014, before signing with the Twins in 2015 to begin a four-season run there.

In this file photo from Aug. 1, 2018, Henry Sosa, then pitching for the LG Twins, is in action against the Doosan Bears in a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

In 194 career KBO games, Sosa has gone 68-60 with a 4.32 ERA. He has logged at least 180 innings in every season from 2015 to 2018. Only one other pitcher, Yang Hyeon-jong of the Tigers, has matched that feat.

For the Fubon Guardians in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan this year, Sosa was 8-2 with a 1.56 ERA.

Sosa had back taxes amounting to about 900 million won ($760,950) during his time in South Korea before he left for Taiwan.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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