Fedi, one more year of KBO, two years of MLB, $18 million (23.5 billion won)… Some U.S. media outlets said, “Pittsburgh needs to recruit Fedi.”

“The Pittsburgh Pirates are in desperate need of starting pitching. “One potentially intriguing free agent they could pursue is former Washington Nationals prospect Peddie,” said Lumberton.

“Peddy was a struggling right-handed starter for the Nationals. In 454.1 big league innings from 2017 to 2022, he posted a 5.41 ERA, 5.17 FIP, and 1.52 WHIP. He also had a low 1.55 HR/9 rate and a strikeout rate of 17.5%, well below 20%.”레모나토토 도메인

However, Lumberger concluded, “Pedi took his talents to South Korea last season, which did wonders for him. He pitched 180.1 innings and posted a 2.00 ERA, 2.38 FIP, and 0.95 WHIP. Pedi had a 29.5% strikeout rate and a 4.9% walk rate, and his ability to induce ground balls and limit long balls improved tremendously. His ground ball rate was 70%. The highest single-season groundball rate by a pitcher in the 120+ innings tracked era was 70.3% by Frazier Valdez in 2021. On top of that, Pedi had a home run rate of just 0.45.”

“Don’t take Pedi’s dominance in South Korea lightly,” said Lumberton, “his numbers are not the result of playing in a completely different league and against a different level of competition in a different country. According to Fangraphs, Pedi has added a slider to his pitching mix, something he hasn’t thrown in the major leagues since 2018. His primary pitch was a changeup, which he rarely used when pitching in the United States. Peddy’s velocity hasn’t changed much, but his sinker has much more depth. Just watching the video, you can see how much he’s changed since his days in Washington.”

“You can compare him to Miles Mikolas, who was a dominant starter in Japan for several years,” the outlet wrote, “Mikolas was arguably better in his final season in Japan (2017), just as Pedi was in Korea. He signed a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Merrill Kelly was not as good as Peddy in Korea, nor was he as dominant as Mikolas in Japan. Kelly signed a two-year deal worth $5.5 million. The market was different when Mikolas signed, so we estimate that Pedi could get a two-year, $18 million deal.”

“The question is whether he wants to spend another season in South Korea,” the outlet said, also addressing the possibility of Pedi staying with the NC Dinos.

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