The Korean newspaper Il Gan Sports is reporting the Texas Rangers have signed Ahn Tae-kyeong, a right handed pitcher from Busan High School. It’s the team’s first amateur signing in Korea. The paper reports the signing bonus is $800,000.
Ahn is a third year senior at Busan and according to the newspaper throws four pitches, including a fastball that touches 93 MPH on the radar gun and a cut fastball. He stands at about 6 ft. 1 in. and typically throws at a 3/4 angle.
Looks like an interesting prospect.
What caught my attention in the article was that Jim Colborn was mentioned as being largely credited with the development of Ian Snell while Jim was with the Pirates.
I wonder if it wouldn't be prudent to see what the Pirates would want for Snell. Even if Colborn isn't the bullpen coach next year, maybe he can figure out what is going wrong with Snell this season and get him going again.