Samsung signs new foreign infielder McKinnon to get full-time experience in Japan

The Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) have added a foreign bat to their lineup.Samsung announced on Friday that it has signed infielder David McKinnon, 29, for a total of $1 million, including a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 annual salary.Born in 1994, McKinnon is a right-handed hitter with a robust physique, standing at 188 centimeters tall and weighing 90 kilograms.He played mostly in the U.S. minor leagues, batting .140 with six RBIs in 22 games for two big league teams last year. His career Triple-A numbers are .318 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 79 games.

This year, he played 127 games for the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League, batting .259 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs.”McKinnon is a player who can play first and third base, has good vision and hitting ability,” Samsung said, “and will be able to adapt quickly based on his experience in Japanese baseball.”With the signing of McKinnon, Samsung parted ways with Jose Pirela, an existing foreign-born hitter who played in the 2021 season.The organization is working to re-sign former foreign pitcher David Buchanan and has removed 스포츠토토존 Taylor Widener from the disabled list.

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