The Kiwoom Heroes are in contract negotiations with foreign pitcher Ariel Hurtado (27, Panama) and foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson. Negotiations for a new foreign pitcher are also underway. The performance of foreign players is always important, but Hurado’s performance will be especially important next year.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the Kiwoom starting lineup for the 2024 season. Ahn Woo-jin underwent Tommy John surgery and won’t be able to play next year. Chan-heon Jung also had back surgery. Choi Won-tae (LG Twins) can’t be missed anymore, which means that next year’s starting three will have to be built from scratch.굿모닝토토 주소
That’s why one or two foreigners will be important. Even after a strong showing this season, they’ll need to prove in 2024 that it wasn’t a fluke. At the start of the 2023 season, he was third in line behind Ahn Woo-jin and Eric Yokishi, but next year he will likely be in the opening game on March 23.
It’s natural to expect Furado to be a key ace next year. In 30 games this season, he went 11-8 with a 2.65 ERA. In 183.2 innings pitched, he held opponents to a .234 batting average and a 1.12 WHIP. He struck out 147 batters and walked just 41. He also had 20 quality starts.
His fastball averaged 146.2 mph according to Baseball-Reference.com. His fastball frequently touched 150 kilometers. He had a similar mix of four-seamers and two-seamers, and a similar mix of sliders, curves, and changeups. None of his pitches broke .250 except his four-seam (0.255). He’s not just a heavy hitter, he can throw strikes.
In a way, he hasn’t been lucky. Kiwoom’s lack of wins this year is largely due to the fact that the offense hasn’t exploded when Ahn, Furado, and Yokishi have pitched well, but Furado hasn’t had too many games this year. Surprisingly, they’ve only had three games with four or more runs.
They even ranked sixth in the league with a WAR of 6.03 per Baseball-Reference’s Statcast. It was the best among foreign players, behind only Eric Pedroia (30), who led the league with 7.29. He also trailed only Austin Dean (LG Twins, 5.19), who led all foreign hitters in WAR.
Hurado is a native of Panama. Whenever he pitched in a home game this season, the Panamanian Embassy was often on hand to cheer him on. If Furado continues to excel next year, he’ll have more fans at home as well as the Panamanian embassy. An ace should always be able to entertain his fans.