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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 12:09 am 
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Does New Owner Have an Issue with Korean Junkballer?


Local pundits have hailed General Manager Mike Best for bringing back reliable reliever Seon-Keun Yi at $5.2 million less than last season. San Juan had declined to pick up Yi’s $8 million option at the end of the season but the 34-year old received little interest in free agency. When contacted by Best in February, Yi’s agent asked for just $3.8 million over two years.

However, the move has not gone over quite so well with new owner Myron Beardsall. In his first meeting with Best after purchasing the Coqui Nov. 13, Beardsall demanded Best “dump” the “overpaid veteran.”

It seemed harsh at the time since Yi has been a savior at times for the bullpen. In a setup role the past two seasons, Yi has posted an e.r.a. of 2.92 and 2.25, allowing just 96 hits in 136 innings. Despite being a junkballer and his velocity rarely hitting 90, he also collected 138 strikeouts.

But at the time not much was thought of the new owner’s disparaging remarks since Best had no plans to renew Yi anyway. The $8 million, particularly in that it would have triggered a second year at that price tag, didn’t make fiscal sense for a team struggling financially. But sources say Beardsall isn’t pleased at having Yi back at the reduced amount either.

The assessment has had several trying to find a link between owner and player. Beardsall, who hails from El Paso, Texas, is believed to have been a fan of the team from its Rio Grande Valley days. In Yi’s only season with Rio Grande, the South Korean native was a promising starter, going 3-3 with a 3.32 e.r.a. in ten starts before tearing his rotator cuff in late May. It is not known what Yi did in his spare time the rest of that year in Texas.

As for Yi, in what some are suggesting is related to him being paid less, he came down with a case of shoulder tendinitis and missed all but the first few days of spring training only to be set to go as the season begins. While Yi has performed on game days, he has had a prior reputation for taking it lightly the rest of the time.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:47 pm 
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Coqui Show Promise After Two Weeks


Sandwiched around six straight losses to San Antonio, San Juan has looked promising out of the gate, taking three of four from the Scottish and sweeping the Bureaucrats. The Coqui lead the league in OBP (.357) and are third in both batting average and runs scored. They also lead the league in sacrifice bunts (11) and, although 16-for-24 on stolen bases isn’t anything special, the aggressiveness on the basepaths has mostly paid off.

In stark contrast from last year, it is the pitching that has let the team down thus far. Four of the team’s seven losses have come in the ninth inning or later and the bullpen is 0-4 with two blown saves. Nobody is pushing the panic button yet just as no one is placing bets the offense will continue.

For now though, it looks as if heavy platooning could pay off. At third, Bob Vollmer is .294, .368 versus lefties and Jack Speed .300, .391 against righties. In the outfield, Francisco Torres is .302, .423 against righties and Michael Drew is .300, .364 versus lefties. Left-handed hitter Ed Lee (2-5, 1 HR after just being called up) and switch-hitting Shane Reynolds (.333, .462) are also warranting more playing time while starting left fielder Flint Butler is nursing a sprained ankle.

FROM THE MINORS: Pitcher Juan Santana, who has shown flashes of brilliance at times and been forgotten at others, is now making a case to be called up sooner rather than later. Winter ball seems to have paid off for the former 2017 fourth-rounder. In his first two starts at Santo Domingo (AAA) he has given up just one run while striking out 18. He has walked just one batter in nearly 15 innings, which had not previously been a strength for him.

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