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  • Ryu called, Guzman sent down.

    It's on ESPN's transactions page.
    Last edited by otis89; 05-13-2006, 09:13 AM.

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    Originally posted by otis89
    It's on ESPN's transactions page.
    That's a nice birthday present for Ryu. He'll be 23 in a little over 2 weeks (17 days),

    So far this season for Iowa, he's been a hardluck loser and hasn't received much run support; so he should fit right in with the parent club. In 7 starts, he's 1-3, going 42 IP, giving up 37 hits, 15 e.runs, 4 hrs, 15 bb, 34 k, 3.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP.


    Here's a Scouting Report that I compiled over at Cubshub.com:

    Jae-kuk Ryu

    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 220 lbs
    Position: SP
    B/T: R/R
    DOB: 5/30/1983
    Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

    2004 season overall (spent time in Rookie, Short A, AA, AAA)

    Appeared in 23 games (14 at AA), only 2 starts (in Rk), 1-2 record, going 30 IP, giving up 35 hits, 13 earned runs, 2 hrs, 16 bb, 31 k, 3.90 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, .280 BAA

    2004 season at Arizona Fall League

    Appeared in 8 games, starting 3, 1-3 record, going 19 2/3 IP, giving up 27 hits, 14 er, 1 hr, 9 bb, 19 k, 6.41 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, .314 BAA

    2005 regular season and playoffs at West Tennessee (AA)

    In the regular season, he appeared in 27 starts with a complete game shutout, a 11-8 record, going 169 2/3 IP, giving up 154 hits, 63 earned runs, 12 hrs, 49 bb, 133 K, 3.34 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .232 BAA

    In the playoffs, he played and started only one game, game one of the Championship vs Jacksonville Suns. He went 6 IP, giving up 7 hits, 4 er, 1 hr, 2 bb, 3 k, yet he still got the sole win for the Diamond Jaxx in the Championship Series.

    Ryu did a quick turnabout from his dismal injury plagued 2004 season, and showed that he is still able to go the distance and be an everyday starter. Jae-kuk was signed in June 2001 by then Cubs' Pacific Rim Scout Leon Lee (Derrek Lee's father) out of high school for 1.6 million. Ryu was regarded as the best amateur or professional pitcher at the time in South Korea, and Lee saw the potential of Ryu to be a dominating starter in majors. In Ryu's last game of his high school career, he threw a no hitter striking out 20 of the 21 batters he faced.

    Ryu started off his professional career the next season pitching the majority of the season at Boise (short A) and ended the year in Lansing (low A). He was ranked the fifth best pitching prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America. And the 2003 season was a whirlwind for Ryu, whom intentionally hit an osprey (an endangered species, yet is highly populated) with a baseball at the Daytona complex. With severe public backlash in the area, the Cubs demoted Ryu to Lansing where he carved up the competition (first half all star team). Despite getting death threats and facing possible deportation he was deemed still able to pitch. Ryu was promoted to West Tennessee where he did an admirable job for a 20 year old.

    The Cubs, with an overflow of starting pitching prospects started Ryu off in 2004 in the AA bullpen. Ryu didn't respond well, and ended up with tendonitis after pitching in multiple back to back games. The Cubs worked him back slowly and had him pitching in the Arizona Fall League before he went down with a sore back. This season, the Cubs let Ryu back in the rotation and he rewarded them by posting great control and durability numbers. While supplying West Tennessee with a three headed pitching threat between Ryu, Nolasco, and Pinto mixed with 10+ starts from Rich Hill, Carmen Pignatiello, and Carlos Marmol.

    Pitching: Ryu has a great live arm with a sinking fastball that generally was sitting at 90-92 mph with touches of 94 mph. Over the last few years, Ryu's overall velocity has dropped, in 2003 he was consistantly hitting 94 mph. But as his velocity has dropped his control has been more solid, and his handling of his offspeed pitches, a nasty curve, a deadly changeup, and a biting splitter have solidified. All four of his pitches rate as MLB quality. And on a stuff level, Ryu has some of the best in the Cubs system.

    One of the attractive elements of Ryu's game is his ability to keep the ball down on the ground and inside the park. What he started doing in 2005 was making hitters get themselves out, inside of trying to strike the hitters out. Ryu seems on top of his game when he's throwing his sinker in the lower 90's, it allows for more movement and makes identifying his changeup nearly impossible.

    Durability: In 2003 as a 20 year old, Ryu threw 150 2/3 IP between Low A, high A, and AA. That was the season Ryu became known as the "Bird-killer". To Ryu's credit, he persavered through threats, talks of deportion, jail time, etc and still put up good numbers. The next season, he started the season in the bullpen and later displayed some tendonitis which cost him time during the regular season. Which in turn caused him to alter his motion, and later missed time during the Arizona Fall League with a sore back.

    In 2005, he started the season in the DiamondJaxx rotation and he shined. He displayed some great control and the ability to go out there day in and day out, leading the Cub minor league pitchers in innings pitched with 169 2/3.

    Biggest Strength: Command and control of pitches

    Ryu has four pitches that he can throw for a strike at anytime. The velocity on his fastball has dropped, but the control and movement on his pitches has increased. The 2005 season showed Ryu is becoming more of a sinker baller, with more groundball outs, low homer rates, lower walk rates, and lower strikeout rates. But not only does he have an excellent sinking fastball, his secondary pitches have come along very well since his rookie season.

    Biggest Weaknesses: Maturity

    Ryu has a checkered past. In 2003, he was nearly deported due to his intentional beaning of an osprey. And was punched in the eye by teammate Andy Sisco over a disagreement. There are past reports that Ryu is abrassive and says inappropriate comments to teammates in the clubhouse. Now that is in the past, 2005 there were no reports of Ryu being a cancerous member. Whether or not that was him growing up, adjusting to the culture. Of course it could be the 100 community hours Ryu had to spend raking poop out of Osprey cages that humbled him as well.

    Keys to Success: Control and keep the ball down

    Control is one of Ryu's strong points, but in order for him to succeed and reach the majors, he must keep his walks down, the ball inside the park and on the ground. He's had very good success in all of those areas in the past, and should continue to develop those skills more in the coming years. He projects to have very good command of all four of his pitches as he harnesses his powers and works into his body.

    MLB Comparison: Chan Ho Park

    Since Ryu was in high school, he was compared to fellow Korean Chan Ho Park. Ryu was considered the best Korean pitcher to come along since Park. Both have good control of their arsenal of pitches. Ryu keeps the ball on the ground and in the park better but Park in his prime was more a strikeout pitcher than Ryu will likely be. Both have good mound poise and aren't afraid to go inside if need be.

    Bob’s Bottom Line: Ryu has the ability to be a top of the rotation starter. His re-emergence in 2005 made guys like Nolasco and Mitre tradeable. And if he continues his stride this year in the Iowa rotation, he could make guys like Novoa, Wuertz or possibly even Williams expendible. There is a good chance Ryu doesn't get much of an opportunity to start in Chicago, the organization is so deep in starters that it might be in the best of team to use Ryu and his abilities in a setup role. In any regard, expect to see Ryu up in September or sooner depending on injuries. And he will definately be fighting for a spot on the MLB staff in 2007.
    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
    Line Drive: .356
    HBP: .342
    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
    Intentional Walk: .176
    Outfield Fly: .035
    Groundball: -.101
    Bunts: -.103
    Infield Fly: -.243
    Strikeout: -.287
    It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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