Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu
33-Year-Old PitcherSP
Toronto Blue Jays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a season in which Ryu made only 15 starts but pitched to a 1.97 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, the prudent play was drafting Ryu with an injury discount and having a replacement ready. The ploy paid off in spades as Ryu was essentially his own replacement, repeating the low WHIP with a slightly-higher 2.32 ERA in 29 starts. For much of the year, Ryu was on pace for another season below 2.00, but a four-game stretch with a 9.95 mark spoiled those plans. Spin rate is all the rage, but Ryu's success comes from lack of spin, adding extra action to his changeup while giving a different look to his fastball. He exhibits pinpoint control and command with all his pitches, walking just 24 in 182.2 innings while allowing a stingy 17 homers. Ryu parlayed a rare healthy season into a four-year, $80 million deal with Toronto. His stuff will play in any park, but the move to the AL East is far from ideal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2019.
Delivers strong performance
PToronto Blue Jays
August 11, 2020
Ryu allowed one run on two hits and two walks over six innings during Tuesday's extra-inning win over the Marlins. He had seven strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
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The 33-year-old surrendered a solo homer to Brian Anderson during the second inning, but he otherwise kept the Marlins in check all evening. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put him in line for the win, but the Marlins rallied late to for the 10th inning. Ryu gave up eight runs in nine innings during his first two starts, but in his last two outings he's allowed only one run on three hits across 11 frames. The left-hander will look to keep things rolling early next week in Baltimore.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
92
Last 10 Games
92
Last 5 Games
92
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .211 267 61 12 53 7 0 9
Since 2018vs Right .234 865 215 36 191 46 2 20
2020vs Left .167 13 2 0 2 0 0 1
2020vs Right .222 72 22 9 14 6 0 2
2019vs Left .199 177 43 3 34 4 0 6
2019vs Right .245 546 120 21 126 31 0 11
2018vs Left .250 77 16 9 17 3 0 2
2018vs Right .213 247 73 6 51 9 2 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-71%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-68%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.64 0.92 154.0 15 3 0 9.4 1.3 0.7
Since 2018Away 3.16 1.15 131.0 7 6 0 7.9 1.7 1.2
2020Home 1.50 0.67 6.0 0 0 0 10.5 3.0 1.5
2020Away 5.14 1.50 14.0 1 1 0 10.9 4.5 1.3
2019Home 1.93 0.94 93.1 10 1 0 9.1 1.4 0.8
2019Away 2.72 1.07 89.1 4 4 0 7.0 0.9 0.9
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.67
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
89.7 mph
 
ERA
4.05
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.286
 
GB/FB
1.93
 
Left On Base
76.9%
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
1846 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
16.5%
 
Swinging Strike
14.2%
 
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Ryu only made 15 starts on the season, but made such an impression with the Dodgers that they extended him a qualifying offer, which he accepted. He will make $17.9 million this season while trying to exceed the 150-inning threshold for the first time since 2014. Ryu outpitched his peripherals for a second consecutive season as his ERA and FIP were a full run apart once again -- he has been able to strand more than 80% of runners in each of the past two seasons. Ryu improved his K-BB% 10 percentage points over 2017 by cutting his walk rate nearly in half while upping his strikeouts. Ryu's swinging-strike rate has risen each "full" season he has pitched in the majors. The 192 innings he threw as a rookie remains his high water mark and will likely stay that way for his career. Eventually, the peripherals and the outcomes will collide, but even a full run rise would still leave him with a strong ERA.
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.
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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First win with Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
August 5, 2020
Ryu (1-1) allowed one hit and three walks over five scoreless innings in a win over the Braves on Wednesday. He struck out eight.
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Another rocky outing
PToronto Blue Jays
July 30, 2020
Ryu (0-1) allowed five earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five across 4.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Nationals.
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Fans four in Blue Jays debut
PToronto Blue Jays
July 24, 2020
Ryu allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over 4.2 innings in Friday's win over the Rays. He didn't factor into the decision.
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Starting Opening Day
PToronto Blue Jays
July 19, 2020
Ryu will be starting Opening Day against the Rays on Friday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Workload increasing
PToronto Blue Jays
July 18, 2020
Ryu is expected to throw six innings Saturday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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