ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals searched all over the world, looking for the right kind of left-handed pitcher. They think they’ve found him in Kwang Hyun Kim.
The National League Central champions announced Tuesday they signed the 31-year-old South Korean to a two-year contract and formally introduced their newest member at Busch Stadium.
Through an interpreter, Kim said he followed the Cardinals and their success while growing up and hoped to someday play for St. Louis.
At his news conference, Kim held up a small sign that read “Hello STL.”
Kim went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 190 1/3 innings last season for the SK Wyverns, earning him the award as the best pitcher in the Korean Baseball Organization.
Kim also held a sign that read “Thank You SK.”
“He’s someone that had a lot of desire to come and play here in the States,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “We had a lot of analytical support that backed up the success he was having over in the KBO, and we felt that when you looked at our needs, especially when you think about the left side of our pitching, it made a lot of sense to pursue this.”
Kim could be the Cardinals’ first full-time left-handed…