Stovrig. It’s the time of year when fans sit around a warm fire and talk about free agency and salary negotiations. It’s also the time of year when rumors abound. Recently, rumors have been swirling around Samsung’s foreign pitching prospects.
The first of these rumors is Cody Pons, a right-handed orthodox pitcher who pitched for the Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball this season. Pons, who made his big league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020, is a 6-foot-2, 198-pound right-hander with a 1-7 record and a 5.86 ERA in 20 career major league appearances.
After joining Nihon Ham last year, Pons went 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 14 appearances in his first year. On Aug. 27 against the SoftBank Hawks, he tossed nine scoreless innings (two walks, six strikeouts) to become the first pitcher in 27 years to throw a no-hitter at NipponHam.
After going 4-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 10 games this season, Pons received a non-tendered notice from Nippon Ham
While this seemed to increase the likelihood of a move to Samsung, the club cautioned against a broader interpretation, saying he was “one of the candidates.”
Right-hander Spencer Watkins, who played for the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics, has also been rumored to sign with Samsung. Watkins made his big league debut with Baltimore in 2021 and pitched for Oakland this season. In 40 career games, 온라인카지노 he has a 7-14 record with a 5.97 ERA.
“Right-hander Spencer Watkins, who played for the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics, is expected to sign with a KBO club this week,” Ari Alexander, a reporter for local Houston station KPCR2, said on his social media account on April 14 (KST).
“Watkins has drawn interest from KBO clubs this offseason and has received multiple offers,” Alexander added. Roch Cubaco, a reporter for Baltimore’s MASN, also reported on social media that “Watkins has been narrowed down to two teams and a decision is imminent.”
Samsung’s foreign scout, Aaron Tasano, followed Watkins on Instagram, adding weight to the possibility of a Samsung deal. However, there has been no signing news as of yet.
The third is Colorado Rockies pitcher Connor Seabold. Samsung’s new foreign hitter, David McKinnon, added Seabold as a friend on social media, sparking speculation that he might be linked to Samsung. Since making his big league debut in 2021, Seabold has gone 1-11 with an 8.12 ERA in 33 career appearances between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado.
Rumors too good to be true. Stovrig is another one of those.