Kim Kwang-hyun, 8th, Ryu Hyun-jin, 3rd, MLB, Korean, still undervalued, Darvish Maeda, 2nd.
Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) ranked third in the 2021 season’s starting pitcher expectations evaluated by local media. It is one notch lower than Darvish Yu (San Diego Padres) and Kenta Maeda (Minesota Twins). Kim Kwang-hyun (Saint Louis Cardinals) was ranked eighth 스포츠분석
CBS Sports, a U.S. sports media, unveiled its MLB starting pitcher rating (tier) before the opening of the 2021 fantasy league on the 21st (Korea time).
The media categorized MLB starters into eight categories, including Super Elite, Elite, Near Elite, and Next Best Thing. Ryu Hyun-jin was included in the third-grade ‘Near Elite’.
Starting with last year’s American League (AL) Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (Cleibrand Indians), only three people were named in the Super Elite, including Jacob DeGrom (New York Mets) and Garrett Cole (New York Yankees). The “Elite” included National League (NL) Cy Young Trevor Bauer, Darvish, and Maeda, as well as Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler (LA Dodgers), Max Schurger (Washington Nationals), Jack Flaherty (Saint Louis Cardinals) and Carlos Carrasco (Mets).
Ryu Hyun-jin was ranked third in the ‘Near Elite’. Blake Snell, Dinelson Lamet (San Diego), Steven Strasberg (Washington), Lance Lynn (Chicago White Sox), Kyle Hendrix (Chicago Cubs), Tyler Glassnow (Tampa Bay Rays), and Jack Grainki (Houston Astros) were listed. With a total of 16 people in the first and second grades, Ryu Hyun-jin’s 2021 starting pitcher ranking can be interpreted as being only the top 16. There were no separate comments for each class of athletes.
Last year, Ryu had five wins, two losses, and a 2.69 ERA in 67 innings. Compared to last season, which was classified as ‘Grade 4’, it has increased by 1 grade. However, in the U.S. evaluation, there is an atmosphere that sees Maeda with a 6-1 ERA and Darvish with an 8-3 ERA of 2.01 above Ryu Hyun-jin. CBS also reflected this assessment.
What is more noticeable is that Kim Kwang-hyun (Saint Louis) received an “Leftover” rating of eight. It seems to reflect the public’s reputation that it was not fully verified as it was his debut season, and the short-term season was held, and he threw only 39 innings due to the late selection conversion. In addition, the local rough analysis is that baseball statistics have helped a lot of defense.
Fantasy League is a kind of simulation game in which fans pick real players to create a virtual team, and their hits, RBIs, runs scored, and ERA are aggregated on a game-by-game basis to compete for total points. As each record is scored, a player who raises a noticeable record is praised. Pitchers with a “catch-up” image, like Ryu Hyun-jin and Kim Kwang-hyun last season, tend not to receive good reviews.