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

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Carrie: Do you know if he will he be in the US for this season possible AZ or Boise?

I must give the Cubs alot of credit for being so agressive overseas. They have signed a couple good players from there and it appears they may someday contribute at the ML level. Lets hope they continue to develop and Rhee returns to his prior form before injury.

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