Kwang Hyun Kim
32-Year-Old PitcherSP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kim is moving to MLB after a 12-year career in South Korea where he was among the best pitchers in the KBO. He almost moved to MLB in 2014 when he was posted by the SK Wyverns, but the Padres and Kim couldn't reach a contract deal. Kim missed the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery, but returned better than ever. He went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 8.5 K/9 last season (6th among starters). He has a low-to-mid 90s fastball but an excellent slider. At age 31, and without dominant velocity, he may not have tremendous upside. However, he could be a valuable swing man after signing with the Cardinals. He'll likely compete for the 5th starter role this spring and could shift back-and-forth from the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2019.
Mediocre in no-decision
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 20, 2020
Kim allowed four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings Saturday as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-4. He walked one, struck out four and did not factor in the decision.
ANALYSIS
Kim came into Saturday with a microscopic 0.63 ERA through nearly 30 innings pitched but gave up multiple runs for the first time all season. Kim has had an excellent debut campaign for the Cardinals and is scheduled to next take the mound Thursday versus Milwaukee.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
73
Last 10 Games
73
Last 5 Games
88
How many pitches does Kwang Hyun Kim generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Kwang Hyun Kim generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .208 27 9 3 5 3 0 0
Since 2018vs Right .182 106 12 7 18 5 0 3
2020vs Left .208 27 9 3 5 3 0 0
2020vs Right .182 106 12 7 18 5 0 3
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-68%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-68%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 0.69 0.69 13.0 1 0 1 4.2 0.7 0.0
Since 2018Away 2.14 1.14 21.0 1 0 0 6.4 3.9 1.3
2020Home 0.69 0.69 13.0 1 0 1 4.2 0.7 0.0
2020Away 2.14 1.14 21.0 1 0 0 6.4 3.9 1.3
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Kwang Hyun Kim 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
2.10
 
K/9
5.6
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
89.9 mph
 
ERA
1.59
 
WHIP
0.97
 
BABIP
.211
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Left On Base
86.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.9%
 
Spin Rate
2112 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.1%
 
Swinging Strike
7.9%
 
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2015 Fantasy Outlook
Kim has been regarded as one of the top pitchers in South Korea's top professional league, the Korea Baseball Organization. He battled injury and inconsistency for several years but bounced back strong last season at age 26 with a 3.42 ERA and 7.5 K/9 over 173.2 innings. The Padres won his rights for $2 million via the posting system with the KBO, but he was unable to come to terms on a contract with the Padres. He may try to move to MLB for 2016.
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Fires seven shutout innings
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 14, 2020
Kim allowed three hits and three walks over seven shutout innings in a loss against Milwaukee in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision.
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Activated ahead of start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 14, 2020
Kim (chest) was activated as expected ahead of his scheduled start in the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers.
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Starting Monday's matinee
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Chest
September 13, 2020
Kim (chest) will start Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Could be back Monday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Chest
September 12, 2020
Kim (chest) completed a "really good side [session]" Friday with no issues and appears on track to start in Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Could be back in rotation Monday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Chest
September 12, 2020
Kim (chest/kidney) continues to make encouraging progress and could return to the rotation as early as Monday for one of the doubleheader games against the Brewers, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "He's going to come back as a starter," manager Mike Shildt said. "He had a really good day [Thursday] and another positive day [Friday]. We need him to start, but just because we need him to, we're not going to cram him into something that he couldn't physically do. But he's ready. We feel like he can get going."
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