While addressing fans during this morning's forum for season ticket holders, executive vice president Dan Duquette causally mentioned that the Orioles signed the top amateur pitcher in Korea three days ago - a 17-year-old left-hander who wasn't identified by name.
I stored the information in the back of my mind - the front was much too crowded - until I was freed up to do more research. I had no time today with all the FanFest commitments and constant blog updates.
Coincidentally, a tweet from @MyKBO tonight read as follows:
"MLB: The Orioles sign another Korean player, left-hand pitcher Kim Sung-min (Daegu)."
The news broke a few hours earlier, and I skillfully connected the dots and determined that Duquette was referring to Sung-min.
Unfortunately, there isn't much information available on him besides how he's the top-ranked high school pitcher in Korea. A search on the names Kim Sung-min and Kim Seong-min take me to a Korean actor who was arrested in December 2010 for possession of Methamphetamine. Wrong guy.
I used Google to translate an article into gibberish:
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Anyway, the Orioles apparently signed a 17-year-old high school pitcher from Korea who's rated as its top amateur. And unlike Chong Tae-Hyon, he won't change his mind.