NC foreign pitcher Eric Peddie (30), who spent a full season as a five-starter in the Major League last year, is destroying the KBO ecosystem. It seems like an adult has come to a place where children play.
Pedi pitched six innings of five-hit ball with two walks and nine strikeouts against the Changwon Hanwha on the 26th, leading NC to an 11-0 victory. In 10 appearances this season, he has pitched 61⅓ innings and is 8-1 with a 1.47 ERA, 80 strikeouts and a 1.01 WHIP.
She ranks first in wins and ERA, second in strikeouts, and third in innings pitched and WHIP. He is one strikeout away from becoming the first foreign pitcher to win the “Triple Crown” of wins, ERA, and strikeouts, trailing only Ahn Woo-jin (81).토토사이트
With an average 148.2km two-seam fastball and four pitches, including a sweeper, changeup and cutter, he has dominated hitters. Not only does he have a 32.3 per cent strikeout rate, but he also leads the league with a 2.23 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio.
From the time he signed with the NC in December last year for $1 million, the KBO’s new foreign player cap, there have been questions about why he came to Korea. Six years after making his big league debut with Washington in 2017, Pedi has spent the last two seasons as a full-time starter for the second straight year.
Last year, he started all 27 games (127 innings) for the Nats, who finished last in the majors, but went 6-13 with a 5.81 ERA and was released as a free agent after the season. He could have stayed in the United States if he lowered his sights, but instead he boarded a plane to South Korea. At a time when he needed to turn his career around, he signed with the NC, who were the quickest to contact him.
In February, during Arizona’s spring training, Peddie revealed why he came to Korea. At the time, he said, “I became a free agent for the first time in my baseball career. I thought I could experience a new baseball in Korea and take on a lot of challenges. Later, when my baseball career is over, I’ll be able to talk about it more,” he said, adding that he received recommendations from players who had experienced Korea first.
One of them was right-hander Nick Kingham, 32, who played for SK (now SSG) in 2020 and Hanwha in 2021 and 2022. “Training with Kingham in the off-season helped me make the decision to go to Korea,” says Peddie. He told me a lot about the advantages and good things about going to Korea. He told me that they have a personal interpreter and that the support for players is good.”
Kingham was a “glass house” player who was released by both SK and Hanwha due to injury. But he proved to be a good pitcher when healthy, going 10-8 with a 3.19 ERA in 25 games (144 innings) in 2021, and in March last year, his wife gave birth to a son in South Korea. At the time, Kingham said, “The maternity care in Korea is fantastic. The facilities are great, and if you need anything, they’re there for you. I’m so glad we made the decision to give birth in Korea,” he says.
Kingham’s fondness for the country helped solidify her decision, as did the fact that she had a good story to share with Peddie, who didn’t have a long run with her body. Kingham, who was released by Hanwha in June last year due to a brachialis muscle injury, is currently in Taiwan. On the 5th of this month, he signed a contract with the Taiwan Professional Baseball Zhongxin Bridger to continue his career in Asia. Since arriving in Taiwan on the 7th, he has pitched two games for the second team, allowing four runs (three earned) in seven innings, and is preparing to make his first team debut.
After being recommended by Kingham, Peddie is on the verge of a major turnaround in his baseball career. The development and refinement of his pitches, including his sweeper and changeup, has made him a completely different pitcher than he was in Washington last year. The possibility of a major league turnaround has already been raised. Asian scouts are checking him out. “I’m getting a lot of questions about it, but it’s in the future. I hope so, but right now I’m just thinking about pitching the next game. I’m going to focus on the NC.”