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Could a move to the major leagues be the turning point for 26-year-old Woo-seok Ko?

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The Miami Marlins’ Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp pitched one inning of scoreless relief against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals) of the 2024 Minor League Baseball Class of 2024 at Winner Park in Papillion, Nebraska, on Wednesday (July 12).

He took the mound as the team’s third pitcher in the bottom of the eighth inning, trailing 0-1. It was a shaky start. He worked a favorable 1B-2S count against the first batter he faced, Jon Rave, but his fifth pitch, a 90.6 mph (145 km/h) cutter, was driven up the middle for a double. He then faced Drew Waters and couldn’t settle down, fanning him on three straight pitches.

But he didn’t allow any more runs. He threw two strikes to Waters to work a full count and then used a six-pitch 90.3 mph (145 km/h) cutter to induce a fly ball to left field, and the next batter, Nick Loftin, threw a low curveball on a 2B-2S play to get the runner at second.

Ko got the final out of the inning when pinch runner Jon Rave failed to steal second base while facing Nick Prato at second base. The inning ended.

Koo threw 17 pitches (10 for strikes), 바카라사이트 with his fastball touching 94.4 mph (152 km/h). It was his second consecutive scoreless game since joining Miami and his sixth consecutive scoreless game in the minor leagues.

The former South Korean closer signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the San Diego Padres through the posting system in January, but he was denied an opening day roster spot after a poor exhibition season and was sent down to Double-A to gain experience.

He struggled in Double-A, going 2-2 with one save in 10 games and a 4.38 ERA, and was traded to Miami on May 5.

His minor league record for the 2024 season is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 12 games (14⅔ innings, 6 earned runs) without a win.

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