One former Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher just wrapped up a fantastic season in the KBO.
With the regular season now over and with little else to do until the playoffs are over, it’s the perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane and check in on what some former members of the Baltimore Orioles are up to.
One former Oriole, in particular, has just wrapped up a dominant season overseas in South Korea with the LG Twins of the KBO. Remember RHP Tyler Wilson? Finishing up his second season with the Twins, Wilson ended 2019 as one of the top pitchers in South Korea, helping to lead his team to the KBO semi-finals.
Originally a 10th-round pick out of the University of Virginia, Wilson was a personal favorite of mine during his time in the organization. Living just minutes away from UVA, I watched a lot of Wilson on the mound during his college days and was excited to see what he could develop into once he joined the Orioles.
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Unfortunately, Wilson’s seven-year run in the organization never panned out. Going 46-37 with a 3.85 ERA in 131 minor league starts, Wilson made just 42 appearances at the major league level before being designated for assignment in September of 2017. He was 8-10 with a 5.02 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 4.8 K/9 IP mark during his major league tenure.
Wilson’s second season in the KBO was a masterful performance. Making 30 starts, Wilson finished the year with a 14-7 record, a 2.92 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and a 137/44 K/BB ratio in 185 innings. He ranked among the top ten in the league in wins, ERA, WHIP, strikeout-to-walk ratio, and quality starts (22).
In his two seasons in South Korea, Wilson is 23-11 with a 2.99 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Now 30, the odds of him returning to Major League Baseball may be low, but at least he has found success playing professional baseball.
The LG Twins finished the season in fourth place with a record of 79-64 and were eliminated this week in the semi-finals of the KBO playoffs.