Drew Luchinski (35, Oakland Athletics) has been struggling since the first year of his major league re-challenge.
Luchinski started in an away game against the New York Yankees on the 10th (Korean time) and gave up 5 innings, 95 pitches, 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 2 strikeouts and 7 runs (5 earned runs), providing an excuse for a 5-10 defeat.
Luczynski’s pitching was not good enough to take a loss in all three games he started this season. He never went past six innings, and had an earned run average of 8.16 in 14⅓ innings pitched. He has a hard time putting his name on the big league roster with an ERA of 8. This is especially true for a player like Luczynski, who doesn’t have a solid standing in the big leagues.
Of course, other detailed indicators are also not good. He struck out only six while giving up nine walks, and his WHIP (on base per inning) was 2.09. His batting average is 0.339, which is still high.
It is true that his pitch is inferior compared to major league pitchers. In the match against the Yankees, Luchinski recorded the highest velocity of 91.7 miles (approximately 148.5 km) as a sinker, and the highest velocity of a fastball was only 90.9 miles (approximately 146.3 km). Then he had to be precise in his command, but he couldn’t. Out of 95 pitches, only 43 were strikes.
In the KBO League, Luchinski was an ace with consistently stable performance. He played 4 seasons for the NC Dinos from 2019 to last year, recording 121 games, 53 wins, 36 losses, 732⅔ innings, 657 strikeouts, and an average ERA of 3.06. He was responsible for double-digit wins except in 2019 as he was responsible for more than 30 games -170 innings each year.
It is highly likely that Oakland decided that it was a stable starting pitcher that could be calculated to some extent for reaching out to Luczynski, who was in his mid-30s. Looking at the results of the 4 years of the KBO League, it is worth showing such faith.
Auckland, though, put on a safety catch. In 2023, $3 million (approximately 3.9 billion won) is guaranteed for a year, and a club option for 5 million dollars (approximately 6.6 billion won) is put on in 2024. It is a large contract that can earn up to $8 million in two years if the club option is executed, but it is a contract that can only cost $3 million in one year if not implemented.
If Luczynski doesn’t change from his performance so far, it’s likely that Oakland won’t exercise their club option for 2024. In that case, Luchinski will not only lose 5 million dollars, but will also increase the chances of completing the big league re-challenge in one year. It is because it is not easy for a big league team to take on another challenge without success. Even if it is for the sake of his survival, if given the next opportunity, Luchinski must set the stage for a rebound.
Meanwhile, Darin Ruff (37),메이저놀이터 the former KBO League RBI leader, was nominated by the San Francisco Giants (DFA) that day. After being released from the New York Mets last month, he tried to make a comeback by re-signing with San Francisco, but in 9 games, he recorded a batting average of 0.261 (6 hits in 23 at-bats), an OPS of 0.718, and 3 RBIs, and was designated for transfer. If Ruff does not find a new team for the next week, he will either be released from San Francisco or play for a minor league team affiliated with San Francisco.
From Luchinski to the rough, we hear only bad news from foreign players from the KBO League.