Yoon Suk-min picked up a win on his Major League Baseball debut for the Baltimore Orioles as the team beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in a pre-season match on Saturday in Florida.
Yoon was the third pitcher to take the mound for the Orioles as he pitched the top of the seventh inning, when the game was tied at one. He threw 11 pitches and reached speeds of up to 146km/h in one scoreless inning. After he stepped down the Orioles scored one run at the bottom of the seventh, and Yoon was credited with the win.
"I knew I would get nervous but it wasn't as bad as I thought as I've played in the Korean league for nine years," said Yoon. "I've waited a long time to play [in MLB], and I feel relieved that the day has finally come."
Yoon announced last October that he would attempt to switch his career to the majors, but it took over three months for him to find a team and sign a deal. The Orioles agreed to a three-year contract worth US$5.75 million (US$1=W1,071) in the middle of February.
Yoon was supposed to make his pre-season debut by early March after adjusting to the new environment and regaining his form. But due to a delay in issuing his work visa he could not start as scheduled. He recently received his visa from the U.S. Embassy in Canada.
Many local media have predicted that Yoon will start the season in the Triple A minor league as he has to compete for his place on the Orioles' starting rotation with Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Kevin Gausman and Steve Johnson.