Selected out of Ya-Top High School in the 2nd round of the 2005 KBO draft by the KIA Tigers…Will become the first Korean-born player in Orioles history and the 16th in ML history when he makes his debut.
Pitched for the Korean National Team in the World Baseball Classic for the second time, making one start...Went 2-1 with 7 SV and a 3.60 ERA in 19 relief appearances (25.0IP, 26K) for KIA...Was 1-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 11 starts (62.2IP, 50K).
Led the KBO in SHO and finished 2nd in CG, 4th in K, and 8th in ERA.
Won the KBO MVP award and pitching Triple Crown (led KBO in wins, strikeouts and ERA) while setting a career-high in innings pitched (172.1; 5th in the league)…Also led the KBO in CG and SHO…Named a KBO All-Star for the third time.
Was 6th in the KBO in CG…Pitched for the Korean National Team in the Asian Games (second time).
Named a KBO All-Star for the second time…Helped the Korean National Team win the silver medal in the World Baseball Classic.
Won the KBO ERA title and was 2nd in W, 5th in K, 6th in CG and 9th in IP…Named a KBO All-Star for the first time…Helped lead the Korean National Team to the country's first gold medal in baseball at the Beijing Olympic Games, as they went 7-0 in the tournament.
Was 2nd in the KBO in SHO, 3rd in CG and 9th in K and IP.
Posted a career-high 19 saves (5th in the KBO), posting a 2.28 ERA in 63 games (5th most in KBO) for KIA…Pitched for the Korean National Team in the Asian Games.
Made his KBO debut on April 2…Ranked 10th in KBO in SV.