South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles said Wednesday they've signed American pitcher Jason Wheeler.
The Korea Baseball Organization club said it has inked the 27-year-old left-hander to a $575,000 contract, which includes $100,000 in signing bonus.
The Eagles said Wheeler has a good command of his four-seam fastball, slider and changeup.
|This photo captured from website MLB.com shows a profile for pitcher Jason Wheeler, acquired by the Korea Baseball Organization club Hanwha Eagles on Nov. 15, 2017. (Yonhap)|
Wheeler has appeared in just two major league games in his career, throwing just three innings and giving up three runs for the Minnesota Twins this year.
He has a career minor league record of 56-40 with a 3.74 ERA in 157 appearances.
Wheeler is the second new foreign pitcher for the Eagles this winter. Last weekend, they signed 26-year-old ex-big league hurler Keyvius Sampson.
For the 2017 season, the Eagles had a pair of major league veterans, Alexi Ogando and Carlos Villanueva, and they combined to go 15-12 in 39 appearances.
KBO teams can each carry up to three foreign players, and a maximum of two pitchers.
The Eagles have missed the postseason for the 10th consecutive year in 2017, and ranked eighth among 10 clubs in team ERA with 5.28. (Yonhap)