Kwang Hyun Kim
32-Year-Old PitcherSP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kim came with plenty of intrigue last offseason following several strong seasons in Korea, but questions about his role added another layer of uncertainty to that which always follows players joining the league from overseas. The picture only got murkier early on, as he was named the team's primary closer shortly before Opening Day and went on to record a save in his MLB debut, something he'd never done in the KBO. The Cardinals' season was paused due to a COVID-19 outbreak shortly thereafter, however, and he served exclusively as a starter the rest of the way, finishing with a stellar 1.62 ERA in 39 innings. Quite a lot of luck went into that figure, however, given his .217 BABIP and 86.6% strand rate. That's not to say he deserves none of the credit, as his 50.0% groundball rate and 7.8 BB% were both solid, but he looks much more like a back-of-the-rotation option than a frontline starter given his low 15.6 K%. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2019.
Allows one in short outing
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 20, 2021
Kim (1-5) lost Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader 1-0 to Atlanta, going four innings and allowing one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
ANALYSIS
Kim only threw 47 pitches and made one mistake to Ronald Acuna that ended up costing the Cardinals the game, as they failed to put any runs on the board. Kim has allowed four runs or less in all 11 starts but is averaging less than five innings per turn, which severely limits his upside.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
78
Last 10 Games
79
Last 5 Games
78
How many pitches does Kwang Hyun Kim generally throw?
 
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+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
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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 2019
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .171 88 25 12 13 7 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .240 284 43 18 63 12 1 9
2021vs Left .160 58 16 8 8 4 0 0
2021vs Right .272 160 28 10 40 6 1 6
2020vs Left .192 30 9 4 5 3 0 0
2020vs Right .198 124 15 8 23 6 0 3
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-53%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 1.94 1.03 41.2 3 1 1 6.9 2.4 0.6
Since 2019Away 3.42 1.33 47.1 1 4 0 6.8 3.6 1.1
2021Home 2.66 1.14 23.2 1 1 0 8.7 3.0 1.1
2021Away 4.44 1.48 26.1 0 4 0 7.2 3.4 1.0
2020Home 1.00 0.89 18.0 2 0 1 4.5 1.5 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
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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
2.44
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
89.1 mph
 
ERA
3.60
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.58
 
Left On Base
74.7%
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2088 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
9.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2015
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.
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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Posts quality start in return
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 15, 2021
Kim didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Marlins despite tossing six innings with just one run allowed. He gave up three hits and five walks while fanning six.
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Cleared to start Tuesday
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Back
June 14, 2021
The Cardinals list Kim (back) as their probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, an indication he'll be reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of the contest, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Appears on track for Tuesday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Back
June 14, 2021
The Cardinals are expected to activate Kim (back) from the 10-day injured list to start Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Another bullpen on tap
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Back
June 13, 2021
Kim (back) is set to throw another bullpen session Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
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Set for side session
PSt. Louis Cardinals
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June 11, 2021
Kim (back) will throw a side session Friday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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