ERA 4.54 Samsung foreign pitcher leaves Korea and returns to the United States

The Atlanta Braves signed a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Widener.”

According to the media, Widener belongs to Triple A, but is expected to be able to participate in the big league camp as an invited player.

This year, Widener signed a contract with the NC Dinos with a total annual salary of $743,000 ($145,000 contract deposit, $598,000 annual salary) and entered Korean soil. 먹튀검증사이트

He can throw a fastball with a maximum speed of 155 km and an average speed of 150 km, and has been evaluated as a pitcher who throws a combination of sliders, change-ups, and curves.

 Since he competed for the 5th starting spot in the United States, there were expectations that he would continue his performance in the KBO League.

However, Widener failed to stand out in NC. I also had a back injury, and the difference between good days and bad days was huge. 

Widener performed poorly with 4 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 4.52 in 11 games. Eventually, Widener received a notice of release from NC.

But Widener did not return to the United States right away. This is because he contacted the Samsung Lions, where foreign pitcher Albert Suarez left due to injury. 

Widener continued his career at Samsung, and finished this year’s regular season with 7 wins, 5 losses, and an average ERA of 4.54 in 21 games and 115 innings.

Samsung needed a starting pitcher stronger than Widener, and set out to find a new pitcher. In the meantime,

Widener signs a minor league contract with Atlanta and takes on the big league challenge again.

Widener was selected by the New York Yankees in the 12th round, 368th overall, in the 2016 draft.

He made his big league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2020, and over the next three seasons, pitched 49 games, 107⅔ innings, with 2 wins, 3 losses, and 4 holds, and an ERA of 4.26.

It is unclear what position he will hold in the United States. MLB Trade Rumors said, “Widner served as a bullpen pitcher for most of 2022

but mostly as a starting pitcher in 2023. “I don’t know what role Atlanta will prefer, but they may like flexibility.”

Atlanta’s starting lineup included Spencer Strider, Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Bryce Elder.

In addition, AJ Smith-Shober and Huaska Inoa are also competing for the starting spot. If they do not perform well, Widener may also get a chance.

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