KBO 48-win reverse export myth is ML No. 1… 432 billion won Hye-Ja contract, Dodgers also suffer
Merrill Kelly (35, Arizona Diamondbacks) returned to the major leagues after winning 48 games in the KBO. He is now synonymous with the reverse export of KBO players to the major leagues. This season, he leads the National League in wins.
On 3 March (ET), Kelly started the 2023 Major League Baseball home opener against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field in Arizona, California, USA, and pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, striking out eight and walking three to improve to 7-3 on the season.토토사이트
Tied for the National League lead in wins. He is tied for the lead with teammate and Arizona ace Zach Gallon, Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), who won the game against the New York Yankees earlier in the day, and Bae and Choi’s teammate Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh Pirates).
Kelly returns to the major leagues after managing the SK Wyverns in their final Korean Series of 2018. With 48 wins under his belt, he signed a 2+2 year, $15 million deal with Arizona. He signed a two-year, $18 million extension before that deal expired. He is signed through the 2024 season for $33 million.
We’ll have to wait and see how he performs next year, but for now, he’s a steal for Arizona. He went 13-8 with a 3.37 ERA in 33 games in 2022, and this season he has seven wins in the first two months. If he continues at this pace, he could easily surpass 15 wins.
In the first inning, he threw a 94-mph fastball to leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. for an infield single to shortstop, but failed to steal second base to escape the jam. Two batters later, he laid a cutter low to Eddie Rosario for a solo shot to right-centre. In the third inning, he gave up a hard-hit ball to leadoff hitter Michael Harris Jr. but was able to make a good catch at shortstop Corbin Carroll. In the bottom of the inning, he gave up a double to Austin Riley in left-centre, but the throw from left-field to shortstop was picked off by third baseman Immanuel Rivera and Matt Olson at third base.
He retired the next four and a half innings in order and allowed just one hit in the sixth. With one out in the seventh, he gave up a curveball to Rosario for a solo shot to left-centre field. He mixed in a low-to-mid-90s four-seam, two-seam, changeup, cutter, and slider.
The National League West is an upset. The San Diego Padres have sagged to the bottom of the division due to a lack of production from their high-priced hitters. The Los Angeles Dodgers, on the other hand, lead the way, albeit with less power than usual, and Arizona is right there with them. Kelly is a big part of that.