Min-woo Kim (02)
Min-woo Kim (김민우)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 231 lb.
- High School Masan Yongma High School
Kim was the 2nd-round pick of the Hanwha Eagles in 2015.  He was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA as a rookie in 2015, pitching 36 games (8 starts). In 2016, he was rocked (0-3, 21 H, 18 R, 17 ER, 8 BB in 9 2/3 IP), an opponent OBP over .500. The big right-hander also struggled in 2017 (20 H, 15 R, 14 ER in 7 1/3 IP). He improved somewhat in 2018 (5-9, 6.52).
The Changwon native had a 2-7, 6.75 record in 2019. Remaining in Hanwha's rotation, he improved again, to 5-10, 4.34 in 2020. He struck out 124 in 132 2/3 IP but walked 72. He tied for 9th in the league in losses, was 6th in walks (between Si-hwan Jang and Odrisamer Despaigne) and led his team in Ks.
Continuing to progress, he opened 2021 at 9-5, 3.89. He made South Korea's team for the Tokyo Olympics (though the baseball portion was played in Yokohama). He debuted against Team USA, relieving Woo-suk Go in the 6th with a 4-1 deficit. He cruised through five batters (Todd Frazier, Eric Filia, Mark Kolozsvary, Bubba Starling and Nick Allen, fanning Kolozsvary before Jin-uk Kim took over. He then started versus Israel against Joey Wagman. He retired the first 11 batters, including Ian Kinsler and Danny Valencia twice, before Ryan Lavarnway singled. Won-joon Choi relieved with one out and one on in the 5th with Korea up, 3-0, and let the inherited runner score to ruin Kim's perfect ERA so far on the Games.