Will Ryu Hyun-jin Remain in the Major League (MLB) Next Season?

Will Ryu Hyun-jin Continue his MLB Career in 2024?

After an impressive performance in the recent game against the Cincinnati Reds, the question on everyone’s mind is whether we will see the renowned “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36) in Major League Baseball (MLB) next season. Ryu, currently playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, pitched an outstanding first inning, recording 2 runs in 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts, ultimately leading his team to a decisive 10-3 victory. This remarkable performance has reignited speculations about Ryu’s future in the league.

Last year, Ryu underwent elbow ligament surgery, leaving doubts about his return for this season. Factors such as his age of 36, history of three elbow surgeries, and concerns about his speed added to the uncertainty surrounding his comeback. However, Ryu defied expectations by meticulously rehabilitating his elbow and meticulously honing his pitching skills through live sessions and bullpens since June.

From the moment he returned to the field, Ryu showcased his potential and reminded us of why he has become one of the most formidable pitchers in the game. With impeccable control, astonishing for a player who took a year-long break from professional play, Ryu skillfully utilized his main weapons: change-ups, curveballs, and cutters. His slow curveball in the 60 mph range even caught the attention of seasoned big leaguers accustomed to fastballs.

In his six appearances this year, Ryu has showcased incredible consistency, accumulating an average ERA of 2.48 with 3 wins and 1 loss. His on-base percentage (WHIP) per inning stands at an impressive 1.03. These outstanding statistics have undoubtedly elevated his value in the eyes of teams in need of a reliable starting pitcher.

However, the future remains uncertain for Ryu Hyun-jin, as his four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays is set to expire at the end of this season. Once the season concludes, Ryu will enter the free agent (FA) market, presenting an opportunity for other teams to secure his talents. While there is a possibility of Ryu signing a new contract with Toronto, rumors suggest that other teams may also show interest in securing him for their starting rotation.

As the Toronto Blue Jays’ chances of advancing to the postseason dwindle, Ryu has approximately a month left to showcase his skills on the mound. With the potential to start a few more games before the season concludes, a strong performance could significantly impact his chances of securing a lucrative multi-year contract.

The end of the season marks a period of reshuffling for teams, particularly in terms of starting pitchers. Ryu Hyun-jin’s consistent command and game control make him an attractive option for teams in need of a reliable starter. According to Canadian sports media outlet Sportsnet, there is a possibility that Toronto could sign Ryu to a one- or two-year deal, further fueling the speculation surrounding his future.


While Ryu Hyun-jin’s future in MLB remains uncertain, his recent performance and remarkable recovery from injury have undoubtedly elevated his market value. As the season nears its conclusion, all eyes will be on Ryu to see where he will continue his illustrious career. Only time will tell whether the “Korean Monster” will grace the MLB field once again next season.

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[신시내티=AP/뉴시스] Toronto Blue Jays’ Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches the first inning of the 2023 Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball (MLB) game held at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on the 20th (local time). Ryu Hyun-jin recorded 2 runs in 5 innings (visa), 4 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts, and the team won 10-3. 2023.08.21.

Will we see “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36) in the Major League (MLB) again next season?

Ryu Hyun-jin will start in the away game against Oakland in the ‘2023 Major League (MLB)’ held at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA at 4:37 am on the 7th (Korea time).

Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow ligament surgery in June last year, was uncertain about his comeback this year. Several factors were negative, such as a significant age of 36, a history of three elbow surgeries, and poor speed.

Ryu Hyun-jin created a perfect physical condition, and since June, he has improved his pitching sense by live pitching and bullpens.

Ryu Hyun-jin showed potential from the first game of his comeback. Based on the control power that was unbelievable for a player who took a break for more than a year, he showed his strength by using his main weapon change, curve and cutter freely.

In particular, the scene where Ryu Hyun-jin strikes out with a slow curveball in the 60 mph range surprised the big leaguers, who focus on fastballs.

Ryu Hyun-jin appeared in six games this year and played an active role with an average ERA of 2.48 with 3 wins and 1 loss. His on-base percentage (WHIP) per inning is just 1.03.

Ryu Hyun-jin, whose four-year contract with Toronto expires at the end of this year, will return to the free agent (FA) market after the season ends.

Ryu Hyun-jin’s command and game control are at the highest level in the big leagues.

Toronto’s chances of advancing to the postseason are steadily diminishing. If so, Ryu has Hyun-jin about a month left.

In the normal season, it is possible to start 3 or 4 times. If you show good pitching, your chances of signing a free agent increase. Multi-year contracts of 2 years or more are also possible.

At the end of the season, every team begins to reshuffle their starting pitchers. Ryu Hyun-jin can sign a contract with Toronto and can be a pretty attractive card for a club in need of a starting pitcher.

Canadian sports media Sportsnet reported that “Toronto could sign a one- or two-year deal with Ryu Hyun-jin.”

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