Dawson ‘Korean Dream’, the best value for money
After coming to Korea, the ransom price rose seven times. Ronnie Dawson (28), the ‘best cost-effective’ foreign hitter who renewed his contract with Kiwoom Heroes, achieved the Korean dream.
Kiwoom announced on the 11th that it had signed a new contract with outfielder Dawson for a total of $600,000 in 2024, including an annual salary of $550,000 and incentives of $50,000. The price, which was only $85,000 when he signed with Kiwoom as a replacement for Edison Russell last July, has increased seven times.
Although it was mid-season, Dawson’s value was less than $100,000. Dawson, who was selected by the Houston Astros with the 61st overall pick in the second round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, was once noted as a promising prospect, but did not grow as expected, and his major league experience was minimal, with only four appearances in two years.
His big league debut came in 2021 with Houston, but ended with three games in April. After the season, he moved to the Cincinnati Reds through the Rule 5 draft, but only played in one game in the big leagues. He was released as a free agent by Cincinnati after the season, but was unable to secure his minor league contract and was forced to move to the independent league.
Dawson, who signed with the Lexington Counter Clarks of the American Atlantic League
Caught Kiwoom’s attention by playing in 64 games with a batting average of .282 (70 hits in 248 at-bats), 13 home runs, 39 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, and an OPS of .875. Kiwoom released Russell, who was suffering from a wrist injury, and brought in Dawson for a bargain price of $85,000.
At the time of his recruitment, the outside world undervalued Dawson due to his low price and did not pay much attention to him. However, from the first at-bat of his debut in the first inning against Sajik Lotte on July 22, he reported a hit with a timely hit, quickly making a soft landing in the KBO league without going through an adjustment period. 먹튀검증토토사이트 He showed off his hitting ability with accurate contact regardless of whether he was a left or right pitcher. With his cheerful personality and friendliness, he became an atmosphere maker and quickly integrated into the team. He also brought laughter to fans with his humorous ceremony.
Dawson’s performance this season was 57 games with a batting average of .3336 (77 hits in 229 at-bats), 3 home runs, 29 RBIs, 18 walks, 41 strikeouts, 9 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .398, a slugging percentage of .454, and an OPS of .852. In the second half of his career, he ranked 8th in batting average and 13th in OPS. Among foreign hitters, he ranks 1st in batting average and 3rd in OPS. As a foreign batter, his home run power was low, but he showed consistent hitting without major fluctuations until the end of the season, and he also contributed greatly to defense and base running with his quick feet.
Kiwoom finished the season in last place
Amid bad news about injuries to two-hitting pillars Ahn Woo-jin and Lee Jeong-hoo, but the performance of Dawson, the ‘best value for money’ along with outfielder Lee Joo-hyung, brought in through a trade from LG, was a source of great consolation. Dawson, who was classified as eligible for a contract renewal early on, signed for a total of $600,000.
$600,000 is not a large amount compared to other foreign players, but since Dawson came to Korea with so little money, it is not unreasonable to say that his salary is a jackpot. Coming to Korea during a career crisis became a godsend. Kiwoom’s scouting ability, which found pearls in the dirt in the independent league, also shone.
Kiwoom club announced the contract with Dawson on this day and said, ‘Dawson is a 5-tool player type and played in various positions such as attack, defense, and base running, contributing to the team’s victory. He explained the reason for renewing his contract, saying, “Thanks to his unique cheerful personality, he had a good relationship with his colleagues, and he brought positive energy to the team with his sincere training attitude in every way.”
Dawson also said through the club after signing his contract, “I am more than happy to be able to play in the KBO league again. “I am especially happy to be able to meet again with the Kiwoom Heroes fans who gave us so much love,” he said, and pledged, “I will do my best to help the team achieve more wins next season.”