A replacement outfielder is on the way, and the nation’s hitters are excited about a different Brandon… “I can throw strikes with any pitch”

Foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell (29-registered name Brandon, Rakuten Monkeys), who played for the Doosan Bears last year, is returning to the KBO after less than a year. But he doesn’t look the same. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop (47), who met Brandon when he was a commentator, also expressed his excitement.

“I heard that an agreement has been reached (with Brandon), and I think he will be able to play by the end of this month at the latest,” Lee said ahead of Doosan’s 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular-season home game against the KIA Tigers at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Sept. 9. “I think Brandon is the best option among the replacement foreign players we can choose now because he experienced the KBO League last year and pitched well,” Lee said.

Doosan claimed Dylan Pyle off waivers after he injured his elbow on Aug. 8. A day later, news broke this morning that the organization was close to re-signing Brandon, who pitched well last year.

Brandon was called up to the big leagues in 2020 and bounced between the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and St. Louis Cardinals until 2021. He made his KBO debut last year as a replacement for Ariel Miranda. In 11 games, he went 5-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 65 innings, but was not re-signed.

At the time, Lee wasn’t particularly impressed. “I watched the video and I wasn’t that impressed when he threw last year,” he said, “but I watched it (again) and he’s up to 150 mph and he’s got a great changeup. He can throw any type of pitch for strikes, and he’s experienced Korean baseball, so I don’t think it will take him long to adjust.”먹튀검증

Last year’s disappointing performance was attributed to his lack of starting experience. “Last year, I didn’t have much experience as a starting pitcher, but this year, I pitched well in Taiwan for about 10 games, so I don’t think there’s any problem at all, and if he can pitch like he did in the KBO last year, I think it will be a big help for us,” Lee said encouragingly.

He also expressed his gratitude to the club, saying, “I think the club moved quickly, so the progress was faster.”

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