With the entire world coming to an abrupt stop due to the Coronavirus pandemic, sports fans have had little to get excited about. Right now, the O’s should be taking the field at Camden Yards on a warm spring day! While us fans miss the action, the issues at hand are much bigger than sports.
With that being said, the Korea Baseball Organization is one of the few leagues around the world choosing to continue playing its games. The only catch to the KBO beginning its season early in May was that no fans would be allowed in attendance.
The KBO rosters are stocked with legit talent and many former MLB players, including a handful of former Orioles that will be fun to keep an eye on. Here is an update of how the former O’s have been performing so far:
Hyun-Soo Kim – LG Twins
Former fan-favorite Hyun-Soo Kim is off to a great start at the plate, hitting .462 through six games. Kim is currently third in the KBO in batting average, while tallying 12 hits, five runs, seven RBI, and one home run. The Twins currently have a 3-3 record, but Kim and teammate Roberto Ramos have been two of the better hitters in the league so far.
Tyler Wilson – LG Twins
Former Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson is also a member of the LG Twins but is yet to really find a groove so far. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed seven runs in a losing performance. The Lynchburg, VA, native will look to bounce back in his next appearance.
Dan Straily – Lotte Giants
Veteran pitcher Dan Straily pitches for the Lotte Giants and has been a quality starter after struggling with the O’s in 2019. Straily has a 1.42 ERA and 1-0 record through two starts so far this season. Straily has 15 strikeouts through 12.2 innings pitched and has allowed only six hits so far. The Lotte Giants currently sit at second place in the KBO with a 5-1 record.
Odrisamer Despaigne – KT Wiz
Odrisamer Despaigne spent the 2016 season with the Orioles and now finds himself starting for the KT Wiz. Through 11 innings pitched, Despaigne has a 3.27 ERA, 14 strikeouts, and has allowed 10 hits. While Despaigne has pitched well, the KT Wiz have struggled and are tied for last place with a 1-5 record.
Mike Wright – NC Dinos
Mike Wright was a pitcher for the Orioles and Mariners before joining the NC Dinos after the 2019 season. Wright is 1-0 in his only start and has recorded a 3.60 ERA with seven strikeouts. The Dinos are tied with the Lotte Giants for second place with a 5-1 record.
Aaron Brooks – Kia Tigers
Aaron Brooks has pitched two no-decisions, while putting up quality numbers through 12.2 innings. Brooks has an ERA of 1.42 and has struck out 10 batters. The Tigers are 3-4 so far this season.
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