Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ryu was limited to just one start combined from 2015-2016 due to left shoulder and elbow issues that required surgery, so the fact that he was healthy enough to make 24 starts and pitch 126.2 innings last season is a victory in itself. He still spent a little over a month on the disabled list, but those issues weren't arm related (hip and foot injuries). The southpaw ended up posting a respectable 3.77 ERA, but his 4.74 FIP suggests there was some luck at play (3.2 BB/9, 1.56 HR/9). His command issues can likely be chalked up to rust, as he didn't see a significant dip in velocity on any pitch other than his slider, which he threw significantly less often last season in favor of a newly added cutter. Ryu figures to slot into the back end of the Dodgers' rotation next season, though it seems inevitable that he will have at least a few turns skipped given the team's starting pitching depth and DL games. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $17.9 million contract with the Dodgers in November of 2018.
Accepts qualifying offer
PLos Angeles Dodgers
November 12, 2018
Ryu will accept the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers on Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
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Ryu will return to Los Angeles for at least one more season. The southpaw was stellar across 15 starts for the National League champions in 2018, posting a 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 89:15 K:BB across 82.1 innings -- he missed three-and-a-half months with a groin injury. He'll slot back into the middle of the Dodgers' rotation in 2019.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-51%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .297 225 43 19 60 12 1 10
Since 2016vs Right .235 664 166 43 144 30 4 22
2018vs Left .250 77 16 9 17 3 0 2
2018vs Right .213 247 73 6 51 9 2 7
2017vs Left .326 143 26 10 42 9 0 8
2017vs Right .240 398 90 35 86 18 2 14
2016vs Left .200 5 1 0 1 0 1 0
2016vs Right .412 19 3 2 7 3 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-68%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.74 1.14 121.1 7 6 1 9.0 2.0 1.2
Since 2016Away 3.90 1.39 92.1 5 7 0 8.5 3.4 1.6
2018Home 1.15 0.90 54.2 5 2 0 9.9 1.0 0.5
2018Away 3.58 1.23 27.2 2 1 0 9.4 2.9 2.0
2017Home 3.48 1.27 62.0 2 3 1 8.4 2.8 1.7
2017Away 4.04 1.45 64.2 3 6 0 8.1 3.6 1.4
2016Home 11.57 2.14 4.2 0 1 0 7.7 3.9 1.9
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Hyun-Jin Ryu compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
5.93
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
90.2 mph
 
ERA
1.97
 
WHIP
1.01
 
BABIP
.292
 
GB/FB
1.41
 
Strand %
87.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ryu dealt with setbacks in his recovery from a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury that cost him the entire 2015 campaign, but he pushed his way through the rehab to return to the mound for the Dodgers in early July. Unfortunately, his comeback was short-lived, as he experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow and did not appear in another game for the rest of the season. During the final week of the regular season, Ryu had an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow to remove damaged tissue from his elbow. It's expected that he will be ready to return during spring training, but with one start under his belt since the end of the 2014 campaign, nothing is guaranteed. If he's healthy, Ryu will take on one of the Dodgers' rotation spots, but he will need to show his pre-injury velocity in order to return to his initial level as a quality mid-rotation starter (3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP from 2013-2014).
Ryu was shut down in March after experiencing soreness in his left shoulder. He was originally expected to return in May, but the discomfort lingered, and Ryu ultimately underwent surgery to repair his labrum. Labrum repairs can be tricky, but Ryu started a throwing program in October and the organization expressed optimism that he would return to his prior form. That form has yielded a career 3.17 ERA in 56 starts and solid peripherals - 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9. Ryu relies on a 90-92 mph fastball, slider, and excellent changeup. The shoulder issue has lingered into camp, and he is expected to be out until at least mid-May. The Dodgers hope he can be their No. 4 or at worst, No. 5 starter in 2016 when he returns, but counting on him to return in May is a big gamble, considering how things unfolded last season.
Ryu enters 2015 as a mainstay in the Dodgers' rotation. He had a fantastic stateside debut in 2013 with the skills to back it up and suggest another such season in 2014 was coming. A pair of disastrous outings, during which he allowed 13 earned runs in just 4.1 innings, ruined what could have been a substantial jump in production. Without those starts, his ERA would have essentially matched his excellent FIP (2.62). Of course, you can’t pick and choose which starts to take, but it’s not like his 3.38 ERA was problematic. The only thing that really stopped him was a pair of injuries that cost him over a month of time. The shoulder issue cropped up again in the postseason, which puts some risk in the equation going forward. Thankfully, his price tag didn’t shoot up after 2013 and it’s unlikely to do so after another strong effort, so the discount you should apply for potential shoulder issues in 2015 is built in.
A huge success in his first major league season, Ryu solidified the middle of the Dodgers' rotation, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 192 innings. With a fastball that sits in the low-90s, Ryu isn't an overpowering guy by any means, but his ratios were solid (7.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9) and the southpaw has a smooth and easy delivery that would seem to make a repeat appear inevitable. He's a near-lock to start the team's third game of the season, especially since the Dodgers can alternate lefties and righties with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren locked into the other top-four spots in the rotation.
Ryu has been regarded as one of the most dominant pitchers in Korea for the past six years. He was the 2006 MVP in the Korean Baseball Organization as a rookie, was the winning starting pitcher for the 2008 South Korean Olympic team in the gold medal game against Cuba and was a top starter for South Korea in the 2009 WBC. While he was just 9-9 last season for the Hanwha Eagles, he had a 2.66 ERA with 210 strikeouts and 46 walks in 182.2 innings. The stocky (6-foot-1, 220 pound) left-handed starter has a four-pitch arsenal with a fastball that sits at 88-91 mph, but will reach 94 mph. While several Korean players have become stars in the US, Ryu will be the first player to directly move from the KBO to MLB. As a result, it is hard to know how he will adapt to the changing environment, but he will get a chance to win a spot in a MLB rotation after the Dodgers paid a $25.7 million posting fee and then signed him to a six-year, $36 million contract in December.
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Handed qualifying offer
PFree Agent
November 2, 2018
Ryu was extended a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers prior to Friday's deadline, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Tabbed for Game 2 start
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 22, 2018
Ryu will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Wednesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Takes mound in Game 6
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 19, 2018
Ryu will start Game 6 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Friday.
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To start Game 2 of NLCS
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 11, 2018
Ryu will get the start for Game 2 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Saturday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Will start NLDS Game 1
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 2, 2018
Ryu will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves on Thursday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
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