The following is taken from an interview with a respected Korean baseball writer:
[QUOTE]Yoon had been drawing some scouts, I think, but more of them attended his games in 2013 than in previous years, perhaps....I think some teams still may have reservations about Yoon's shoulder issues, though I am sure Scott Boras and company are trying to defuse such concerns. Also, his peripheral numbers from his most recent season do not really stand out even though I understand scouts will look at more than just stats. Just by looking at his numbers (strikeout ratio, walk rate, home runs allowed, etc.), you could even argue he has been in decline since winning the 2011 MVP. Having said that, I know some teams will look past those stats. I feel that he has the physical tools to succeed in the big leagues, if given a fair chance.
Yoon has also been adamant that he wants to be a starter, which may or may not have thrown off some teams who were considering him as a reliever.
He has put in nine years for the Kia Tigers. He has started, closed, and pitched in middle relief. They won the 2009 Korean Series, but they had some terrible seasons, too. He won the MVP after going 17-5, but there was also one season when he was 7-18 while still managing to keep his ERA under 4.00.....In other words, you want to talk about a guy who has paid his dues? Yoon is that guy [/QUOTE]
What will it take to sign him? And, is it worth the risk? Do the Twins think he's "better than his recent stats" indicate and are willing to outbid the competition?
And it turns out, Brandon Waring is a more interesting 28 year old, corner infielder, AAAA type, than I initially gave both he and Terry Ryan credit for after the signing, and gives the Spring Training invite some more credibility:
[QUOTE]........he's not going to be a star or even a good regular player. Still, Waring's skill set isn't that much different from Mark Reynolds' - low-average power hitter who draws a few walks and plays bad defense - and because so many teams have problems finding even slightly productive designated hitters, can Waring be a useful player to somebody?
Poor man's Mark Reynolds? His K and BB ratios are similar. He has hit over 20 HRs in every professional year. His AA/AAA career ISO is .233. Like Suk Min Yoon, he has put in his time in minor league ball- 7 years, and bounced between AA and AAA since 2010 (a shoulder injury forced him back to AA in 2013). He was forever blocked by Machado and Davis in the Orioles organization, thus time for him to move on. Oliver MLB 2014 projections are somewhat comical: 24 HR, .180 BA, .621 OPS, 40% K-rate. Intriguingly, the Camden Depot author, after breaking down numerous Waring ABs, surmises that there are enough positives in his game with his power potential and ability to hit the ball in the air, that a change in approach at the plate could salvage a role-playing major league spot for him, although the odds are against him:
[QUOTE]It definitely seem that Waring hits the ball in the air more than average (both LD% and FB%), which is not surprising but also advantageous......Brandon Waring has the power to possibly make him a useful bench part on a major-league team. Certainly he deserved more of a shot than the Orioles gave him. I'm not going to state that the Orioles should have given him that shot and I'm certainly not going to say that he would have done anything with his shot. It does seem that Waring could have changed his game to work ahead of the pitchers more frequently and take more advantage of his power.[/QUOTE]
Most intriguingly, the author left out his platoon split in AA/AAA:
Against LHP, he has a career .910 OPS with .294 ISO power, while hitting the ball in the air (LD [22%] and OFB combined) 68.4% of the time.
(By contrast, Plouffe's major league numbers against LHP:
.861OPS with .234 ISO power, while hitting the ball in the air 46% of the time [LD 15.5%].)
Does he have a chance to get the Bernier/Dinkleman/Hughes cup of coffee with the Twins, or as an uppercutting DH/corner UTIL specialist?
Edited by jokin, 26 January 2014 - 08:41 PM.