Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu
32-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ryu only made 15 starts on the season, but made such an impression with the Dodgers that they extended him a qualifying offer, which he accepted. He will make $17.9 million this season while trying to exceed the 150-inning threshold for the first time since 2014. Ryu outpitched his peripherals for a second consecutive season as his ERA and FIP were a full run apart once again -- he has been able to strand more than 80% of runners in each of the past two seasons. Ryu improved his K-BB% 10 percentage points over 2017 by cutting his walk rate nearly in half while upping his strikeouts. Ryu's swinging-strike rate has risen each "full" season he has pitched in the majors. The 192 innings he threw as a rookie remains his high water mark and will likely stay that way for his career. Eventually, the peripherals and the outcomes will collide, but even a full run rise would still leave him with a strong ERA. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $17.9 million contract with the Dodgers in November of 2018.
Tosses quality start
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 22, 2019
Ryu (13-5) took the win against the Rockies on Sunday, hurling seven innings and giving up three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight.
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Both runs allowed by Ryu came on homers, but the southpaw otherwise stymied Colorado to pick up his second straight quality start and first victory in over a month. As has been the case most of the season, Ryu succeeded by controlling the strike zone, throwing 65 of 95 pitches for strikes and issuing no free passes for the second straight game. He also contributed with his bat, launching the first home run of his major-league career in the fifth inning. After a four-start stretch in which he surrendered 21 runs in 19 frames, Ryu has rebounded to allow just two runs over his last 14 innings. Though his Cy Young Award candidacy has taken a hit with his late-season slump, Ryu is likely to garner some votes as he leads the majors with a 2.41 ERA while ranking sixth with a 1.02 WHIP and second with a 1.23 BB/9. He'll wrap up his regular season with a road matchup against the Giants on Saturday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
90
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
92
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .253 397 85 22 93 16 0 16
Since 2017vs Right .238 1165 276 62 258 58 4 32
2019vs Left .199 177 43 3 34 4 0 6
2019vs Right .248 520 113 21 121 31 0 11
2018vs Left .250 77 16 9 17 3 0 2
2018vs Right .213 247 73 6 51 9 2 7
2017vs Left .326 143 26 10 42 9 0 8
2017vs Right .240 398 90 35 86 18 2 14
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-68%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.19 1.03 210.0 17 6 1 9.1 1.7 1.0
Since 2017Away 3.45 1.25 174.2 8 11 0 7.7 2.3 1.3
2019Home 1.93 0.94 93.1 10 1 0 9.1 1.4 0.8
2019Away 2.95 1.11 82.1 3 4 0 6.8 1.0 1.0
2018Home 1.15 0.90 54.2 5 2 0 9.9 1.0 0.5
2018Away 3.58 1.23 27.2 2 1 0 9.4 2.9 2.0
2017Home 3.48 1.27 62.0 2 3 1 8.4 2.8 1.7
2017Away 4.04 1.45 64.2 3 6 0 8.1 3.6 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Hyun-Jin Ryu compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
6.50
 
K/9
8.0
 
BB/9
1.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
90.6 mph
 
ERA
2.41
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
2.26
 
Left On Base
81.2%
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
1867 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.3%
 
Swinging Strike
11.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ryu was limited to just one start combined from 2015-2016 due to left shoulder and elbow issues that required surgery, so the fact that he was healthy enough to make 24 starts and pitch 126.2 innings last season is a victory in itself. He still spent a little over a month on the disabled list, but those issues weren't arm related (hip and foot injuries). The southpaw ended up posting a respectable 3.77 ERA, but his 4.74 FIP suggests there was some luck at play (3.2 BB/9, 1.56 HR/9). His command issues can likely be chalked up to rust, as he didn't see a significant dip in velocity on any pitch other than his slider, which he threw significantly less often last season in favor of a newly added cutter. Ryu figures to slot into the back end of the Dodgers' rotation next season, though it seems inevitable that he will have at least a few turns skipped given the team's starting pitching depth and DL games.
Ryu dealt with setbacks in his recovery from a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury that cost him the entire 2015 campaign, but he pushed his way through the rehab to return to the mound for the Dodgers in early July. Unfortunately, his comeback was short-lived, as he experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow and did not appear in another game for the rest of the season. During the final week of the regular season, Ryu had an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow to remove damaged tissue from his elbow. It's expected that he will be ready to return during spring training, but with one start under his belt since the end of the 2014 campaign, nothing is guaranteed. If he's healthy, Ryu will take on one of the Dodgers' rotation spots, but he will need to show his pre-injury velocity in order to return to his initial level as a quality mid-rotation starter (3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP from 2013-2014).
Ryu was shut down in March after experiencing soreness in his left shoulder. He was originally expected to return in May, but the discomfort lingered, and Ryu ultimately underwent surgery to repair his labrum. Labrum repairs can be tricky, but Ryu started a throwing program in October and the organization expressed optimism that he would return to his prior form. That form has yielded a career 3.17 ERA in 56 starts and solid peripherals - 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9. Ryu relies on a 90-92 mph fastball, slider, and excellent changeup. The shoulder issue has lingered into camp, and he is expected to be out until at least mid-May. The Dodgers hope he can be their No. 4 or at worst, No. 5 starter in 2016 when he returns, but counting on him to return in May is a big gamble, considering how things unfolded last season.
Ryu enters 2015 as a mainstay in the Dodgers' rotation. He had a fantastic stateside debut in 2013 with the skills to back it up and suggest another such season in 2014 was coming. A pair of disastrous outings, during which he allowed 13 earned runs in just 4.1 innings, ruined what could have been a substantial jump in production. Without those starts, his ERA would have essentially matched his excellent FIP (2.62). Of course, you can’t pick and choose which starts to take, but it’s not like his 3.38 ERA was problematic. The only thing that really stopped him was a pair of injuries that cost him over a month of time. The shoulder issue cropped up again in the postseason, which puts some risk in the equation going forward. Thankfully, his price tag didn’t shoot up after 2013 and it’s unlikely to do so after another strong effort, so the discount you should apply for potential shoulder issues in 2015 is built in.
A huge success in his first major league season, Ryu solidified the middle of the Dodgers' rotation, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 192 innings. With a fastball that sits in the low-90s, Ryu isn't an overpowering guy by any means, but his ratios were solid (7.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9) and the southpaw has a smooth and easy delivery that would seem to make a repeat appear inevitable. He's a near-lock to start the team's third game of the season, especially since the Dodgers can alternate lefties and righties with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren locked into the other top-four spots in the rotation.
Ryu has been regarded as one of the most dominant pitchers in Korea for the past six years. He was the 2006 MVP in the Korean Baseball Organization as a rookie, was the winning starting pitcher for the 2008 South Korean Olympic team in the gold medal game against Cuba and was a top starter for South Korea in the 2009 WBC. While he was just 9-9 last season for the Hanwha Eagles, he had a 2.66 ERA with 210 strikeouts and 46 walks in 182.2 innings. The stocky (6-foot-1, 220 pound) left-handed starter has a four-pitch arsenal with a fastball that sits at 88-91 mph, but will reach 94 mph. While several Korean players have become stars in the US, Ryu will be the first player to directly move from the KBO to MLB. As a result, it is hard to know how he will adapt to the changing environment, but he will get a chance to win a spot in a MLB rotation after the Dodgers paid a $25.7 million posting fee and then signed him to a six-year, $36 million contract in December.
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Start moved to Sunday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 21, 2019
Ryu's next start has been moved to Sunday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Increasing bullpen work
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 18, 2019
Ryu threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Throws seven scoreless innings
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 14, 2019
Ryu struck out six batters in seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits Saturday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision.
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Starting Saturday against Mets
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 11, 2019
Ryu will start Saturday's game against the Mets, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
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Return date undetermined
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 10, 2019
Ryu threw a bullpen session Tuesday but the date of his next start has yet to be determined, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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