Go Woo-seok (25), who is trying to enter the Major League Baseball (MLB) with the permission of the LG Twins, is reportedly receiving interest from the St. Louis Cardinals.
“According to multiple sources, Go Woo-seok has been linked to St. Louis,” US media outlet ‘The Forkball’ reported on June 26 (KST), adding, “St. Louis has several big holes in its roster, especially pitching reinforcements.”
Ko has expressed his desire to play overseas after leading LG to the integrated title this season. Ko, who played seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization from 2017 to this year, is eligible for the major leagues through the posting system (sealed competitive bidding), which requires club approval.
After receiving confirmation from Go Woo-seok’s camp that he wanted to go overseas, LG gave the team conditional approval on the 22nd of this month. The conditions of the negotiation with the major league team will determine whether or not the player can go, and he can only be sent if he is treated fairly.
In the meantime, St. Louis has shown interest in Go Woo-seok.
St. Louis, a member of the National League Central, is familiar to Korean baseball fans as the former home of Oh Seung-hwan and Kim Kwang-hyun. In 2023, the Cardinals finished last in the division with 71 wins and 91 losses, with a shaky mound that ranked 24th in team ERA (4.79).
The back end was also too loose. St. Louis converted just 36 of 64 save opportunities, a little more than half. The bullpen’s ERA of 4.47 (23rd) is also less than stellar.
The media outlet concluded, “While the focus of St. Louis’ improvement is on the starting rotation, the bullpen is also in need of an overhaul. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the team add bullpen arms like Woo-seok Ko and Yuki Matsui (at the Stovrig).”
The Forkball also gave a detailed profile of Koo. “He can throw a fastball that averages in the mid-90s and tops out at 98 mph. In addition to his fastball and cutter, he also has a curveball that drops significantly at right angles,” the publication said, adding that he has the potential to succeed in the major leagues. 보스토토
In 354 career KBO games, Go has a 19-26 record, 139 saves and six shutouts with a 3.18 ERA. He recorded more than 30 saves three times (2019-2021-2022) and won the title last year with 44 saves. This season, however, he struggled with injuries, going 3-8 with 15 saves in 44 games and a 3.68 ERA.
The outlet noted that Go received a conditional offer from the LG organization, but if he does make it to the major leagues, he is expected to start his career as a bullpen pitcher, responsible for the middle innings, rather than a closer.