Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) is currently preparing for rehabilitation. In June of last year, he underwent surgery to splice ligaments in his left elbow. In July of this year, he is sweating with the goal of returning to the second half of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB). 

The current media evaluation towards Ryu Hyun-jin is harsh. ESPN predicted the 2023 season and predicted that Ryu Hyun-jin would record 3 wins and 4 losses. It is a disappointing record even considering the timing of his return. Of course, Ryu Hyun-jin, who is not injured, always showed an activity that laughed at the prospects before the season. 

There is also good news for Ryu Hyun-jin. This is because his team, Toronto, is being evaluated as having improved their defense. MLB.com also picked Toronto on the 13th (Korean time) when selecting three teams with improved defense through the Stove League power reinforcement. 

Originally, the Toronto infield was solid. In addition, he signed a 3-year extension contract with Bo Bissett this winter and erased the variable in the shortstop position, which is the core of the center line. First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also received the Gold Glove award given to the player who showed the best defense of the season.  토토사이트

Troublesome players left the outfield. Raimel Tapia and Teochka Hernandez, who had below league average OAA (outs created above average). Lougned Gurriel Jr. has all transferred. And they recruited Kevin Kiermeyer, who was considered the leader of the Tampa Bay Rays and the center fielder with the best defense in the league. 

MLB.com noted this point and evaluated, “Defensive backup players such as Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bradley Zimmer are missing, but Kiermeyer is the greatest defensive player in history.” Kiermeyer was an American League (AL) outfielder award winner in the 2015, 2016, and 2019 seasons. 

In addition, outfielder Dalton Basho, who was recruited in exchange for Gurriel, who has a good hitting, and prospect catcher Gabriel Moreno, also left a good record based on Statcast and predicted that he could help the defense. It is evaluated that the fact that George Springer, who was in charge of center field, moved to right field can also be a good thing to strengthen the outfield defense. Here, the addition effect of utility player Wit Marifield was also noted. He did not forget the prospect that pitchers could receive help if the changed outfield was as solid as the infield. 

There are variables. Toronto’s home stadium, the Rogers Center, pulled the fence between the left and right sides this winter. There is no choice but to be at a disadvantage for a fly-ball pitcher. Once hit, it is almost impossible to block. Toronto pitchers are expected to benefit as far as fielding defense is concerned. The same goes for Hyunjin Ryu. 

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