2/17 Far east: Cubs sign Korean pitcher
The Cubs have signed 18-year-old Korean right-hander Kim Jin-Yeong. The Duk-Soo High School pitcher is said to have a 92 mph fastball. He’ll receive a $1.2 million signing bonus.
The team already has a few Korean players on the Minor League roster, including shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, who Baseball America ranked as the Cubs’ sixth-best prospect heading into 2010. Last season, he batted .330 at Boise with 25 stolen bases. Pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee, 20, was ranked fourth best by the publication prior to the 2009 season.
— Carrie Muskat