Foreign players who played together to win in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball are now playing for different teams in South Korea. They are left-handed pitcher Dietrick Enns of the LG Twins and infielder David McKinnon of the Samsung Lions.
Samsang announced the signing of McKinnon on Friday afternoon. The deal totaled $1 million, with $100,000 in signing bonuses and $900,000 in guaranteed money with no incentives. That’s how much they believe in him. He was born in 1994 and will turn 30 next year. He’s a right-handed hitter at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds who can play first and third base.
Samsung describes McKinnon as a “mid-to-long range type with good vision and contact,” similar in style to former batting champion Darin Ruff. McKinnon was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 32nd round, 995th overall, of the 2017 draft. He was called up to the big leagues in June after a strong season at Triple-A last year, where he played alongside Shohei Ohtani. He appeared in 22 games, batting 1-for-4 (7-for-50). He was then designated for assignment and sent to the Oakland Athletics, where he went 0-for-14 and was released after the season.
This year, he broke into Japanese professional baseball.
In 127 games for the Seibu Lions, McKinnon batted .259 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs. Despite his power, he was not re-signed. Samsung didn’t miss him. “With his sincere training attitude and Japanese baseball experience, he will quickly adapt to the KBO,” Samsung said.
Coincidentally, a player had arrived in Korea from Seibu the day before. LG’s Enth. After failing to re-sign with Seibu, Ens signed with LG, who had been interested in him for some time. He signed for a total of $1 million, including a $300,000 signing bonus, a $600,000 salary, and $100,000 in incentives.
Born in 1991, 온라인카지노 he is three years older than McKinnon. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of the 2012 draft and reached the big leagues after being traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2017. He has since bounced around to the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay Rays for opportunities. He returned to the big leagues as a bullpen arm for Tampa Bay in the 2021 season, pitching in nine games.
He went to Japan a year before McKinnon.
Signing with Seibu in 2022, Enns started 23 games as a starter and pitched 122⅓ innings, compiling a 10-7 record with a 2.94 ERA. It was only the third time in Japanese baseball history that a foreign left-handed pitcher had won 10 games in his debut season, and the first time in 69 years that a foreign left-handed pitcher had done so for Seibu. This year, however, he had his worst season, going 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 appearances.
LG had been in contact with Enns since Seibu decided not to re-sign him, and quickly came to an agreement, pending a medical, before announcing the signing.
“Detrick Enns is a durable and consistent pitcher with excellent fastball command and changeup. With his experience in Nippon Professional Baseball, we expect him to adapt quickly and become a starter for the 2024 season.”
McKinnon comes as Samsung parted ways with three-year starter Jose Pirela. Pirela batted .342 with 192 hits, 28 home runs, and 109 RBIs last year, but was limited to .288 with 159 hits, 16 home runs, and 80 RBIs this year. McKinnon should be the team’s center fielder, providing the long ball power they need. Expect him to hit as many home runs as he did in Japan, where he hit 15.
Enns is the pitcher LG has been looking for to lead them to back-to-back championships.
The team re-signed Casey Kelly, who had been their ace, but now plans to drop him to the second spot. They’re looking for a starter with good stuff, and they think Enns can fill that role. LG was dominated in the first half by Adam Plutko, who went 11-2. If Plutko hadn’t been sidelined with an injury in the second half, they could have easily won the title. If Enns stays healthy and pitches the way LG has seen him pitch, he and Kelly could form a competitive one-two punch.
A teammate whose major league dreams came up short, and who tried his hand in Japan, but couldn’t quite make it, will be competing in Korea next year as a two-hitter. He didn’t make it to Japan, but now he’s playing for the Korean Dream.