CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #222
Drew Gagnon Drawing KBO Interest?
On May 29, ETtoday reported that the KBO’s Hanwha Eagles are targeting Wei Chuan Dragons’ Drew Gagnon as a potential mid-season signing.
According to the Wei Chuan general manager, they recently received an enquiry from a KBO team regarding Drew Gagnon. However, it is only preliminary, with no further action taken at this stage.
Pitching Repertoire: Wei Chuan Dragons' Drew Gagnon.
⏺️ Fastball – 150kph
⏺️ Slider – 130kph
⏺️ Changeup – 134kph
⏺️ Curveball – 128kph
⏺️ Vulcan Changeup – I couldn't get a good clip that pitch today, will update it next time. #CPBL pic.twitter.com/jFMR2xROme
— CPBL STATS – ♥️ #95, Kimi, Mina (@GOCPBL) April 24, 2022
The Dragons manager told the media that overseas teams are watching Drew Gagnon, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the buyout will happen.
“From my understanding, it is not on the “official route” yet, meaning no official status check between the KBO and CPBL,” said the Dragons manager.
According to Liberty Sports, Drew Gagnon’s agency informed the Dragons that there could be some KBO opportunities for him in the near future.
UDN reported that Drew Gagnon is currently on a full-season contract with the Wei Chuan Dragons, but there’s an escape clause. As long the overseas team can pay the buyout fee, they can purchase Drew Gagnon’s contract from the Dragons.
As of May 30, Drew Gagnon has posted a 3.83 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 42.1 innings in the CPBL. In the 2021 season, he recorded a 3.94 ERA over 94 innings of work.
Wei Chuan Dragons' Drew Gagnon racks up 6 strikeouts over 7 scoreless innings. #CPBL pic.twitter.com/NGq4alCstg
— CPBL STATS – ♥️ #95, Kimi, Mina (@GOCPBL) October 14, 2021
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2022 CPBL season.
Makes sense if either of Ryan Carpenter or Nick Kingham aren’t expected to come back to health soon.
The Eagles released Ryan Carpenter last night I believe. Would be interesting to see if this Gagnon deal will start rolling now.
Update: the Eagles have signed Yefry Ramirez from MLB. Maybe no KBO for Drew Gagnon then?
‘Gagnon to KIA Tigers’ rumor is being mentioned…