Yoon throws a scoreless inning in his debut
Suk-min Yoon had an impressive debut for the Orioles, throwing a scoreless seventh inning in Saturday’s game against the Yankees split-squad.
“My control was better than expected, but I also feel like my fastball was 2 mph faster than I expected,” Yoon, who was in the 89-90 mph range with the Ed Smith Stadium gun a tick higher, said through his interpreter.
Yoon said it will take “about 20 days” to be in midseason form, although he wasn’t expected to make the team’s Opening Day roster anyway. A late offseason signing, Yoon had to leave camp to obtain his work visa by going to Canada, which cost him additional time in making his Grapefruit League debut.
Yoon allowed allowed a leadoff single to Ramon Flores before getting a pair of flyouts and a groundout in the 11-pitch outing, eight of which were strikes.
“I knew I’d be nervous, but I pitched nine years in Korea so overall I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be,” he said. “I waited a long time to throw, so overall I’m relieved. I’ve been working hard for this day to come.”
Yoon agreed to a three-year, $5.75 million contract with the Orioles earlier this spring.