The Triple T: Tim’s Top Three
Hey everyone, with the lack of major professional sports due to coronavirus, it doesn’t leave a lot for us to play. ::KBO Baseball has entered the chat:: Yes, that’s right…Korean professional baseball has arrived on the scene and we will have to make do with it until our beloved MLB returns. DISCLAIMER: I am the farthest thing from a KBO expert and I am not going to pretend to be one, but I love baseball and analyzing statistics and just plain writing and putting something out for you guys so I figured I would try to throw something informal together for you so that we can have fun with this together! This article will absolutely NOT be as in-depth as my usual Triple T due to the lack of advanced metrics available, but will hopefully help to steer you in the right direction. For those unfamiliar with my article, I will be listing my three favorite MLB players at each position – I tried to list a guy in each pricing tier if possible as it does no one any good to list all of the most expensive, popular plays at each spot. Please note that these are NOT the only plays I like, but I can’t list everyone and truly try to narrow down the KBO field as much as possible.
Use these KBO plays along with your own research! Remember, this is a GPP-style article so I take some more chances than others. The format for this article is not set in stone so if there is something you want to see or would like me to consider changing, please let me know. After all, this site is for YOU. Let’s dive in!
Is MLB here yet?!
* Please make sure these guys are in the lineup! KBO lineups don’t get released until about 30-60 minutes before lock, so make sure you set your alarm to double-check lineups and weather!
The Top Three
Young Ha Lee
Won Tae Choi
Boom-or-bust: Wright, Min Woo Lee
Notes: Lee and Choi are the two most expensive pitchers, but they’re also in pretty good spots. I think there is more than enough value out there where we can pay up for both, especially where I am really not thrilled with any of the other arms on the slate. If you ARE inclined to go elsewhere, I don’t completely hate Wright or Min Lee. Both these guys are shaky at best, so you have to know that right off the bat. Here’s my thinking…IF I am going to take a chance on a shaky pitcher, I am going to make sure that it is a guy who can rack up some strikeouts to offset any runs he gives up. Wright wasn’t great in his time in the majors (and that is being generous), but one thing he did do is show a knack for the K, sporting a 9.2 k/9, 7.9 k/9, and 10.08 K/9 over his last three MLB seasons. I am not expecting a ton from him, but the hope is that he can grab some K’s. With that said, I am more on the KT side in that one so if I do have some Wright, I will almost certainly make sure to hedge with a KT stack in another lineup. Lee is the big leap of faith. Again, I can’t stress enough that I am going to primarily have Young Lee and Won Tae Choi, but I may need to save some loot in a line and that brings us to Min Lee. Lee had a god awful 5.43 ERA last season, but his 3.85 FIP was a lot more encouraging and that along with a .363 BABIP and .5 HR/9 gives us an indication that he isn’t as terrible as he may look on the surface. Now, let me stop myself right there. He DOES have a hideous 1.63 WHIP and atrocious 3.8 BB/9 so he is at fault for his struggles, but the BABIP and FIP and the 63% LOB rate tells me that if he can keep guys off the base path, he can be serviceable in the right matchup and Hanwha isn’t the most imposing offense.
Top Three KBO Plays by Position
Eui Ji Yang (if in)
Yong Hwan Baek (if in)
Se Hyuk Park
*You also have the option to completely punt with a close-to-minimum catcher but you should wait until lineups are confirmed to plug one in.
Notes: Ramos’s price hasn’t caught up to his production yet and he, along with a punt somewhere else in your lineup, allows you to spend up on pitching or load up with stud batters.
Jin Hyuk No
Byeong Wuk Lim
Suk Min Park
Jae Gyun Hwang
Notes: Choi has been one of the biggest disappointments after sporting an ISO of .227 last season, but this matchup is as good as any to right the ship.
Ha Seong Kim
Sun Bin Kim
Jae Ho Kim
Notes: Jae Ho Kim has multi-hit efforts in 4 of his last 5 games – He doesn’t have a ton of power but he is minimum price and playing on the team with the highest implied total on the board, Doosan! Sun Bin Kim is also on a tear, having reached base safely in every game so far this season)
Outfield (6 for good measure):
Baek Ho Kang
Hyun Soo Kim
Dong Min Han
Sung Bum Na
Myung Gi Lee
Close to Min OF punts: Eun Sung Chae, Byeong Wuk Lim
Notes: Baek Ho is riding a six-game hitting streak to start the season. As you read in the pitching section, that KT game could go either way so if you want something a little safer, Jae Hwan Kim is also in play. I didn’t list him above because I didn’t want to list every high-priced, obvious Doosan batter, but he is definitely in play.
Top KBO Team Stacks (both sites, no order)
Doosan Bears – Not reinventing the wheel here, they should be the mega industry chalk and rightfully so. Just have to eat it facing Seo who had a sky-high 5.47 ERA last season on the back of a paltry 5.5 K/9 and a bloated 1.60 WHIP.
*I actually had trouble narrowing it down tonight, so I think I am going to go full 4 or 5-man Doosan stack with one-offs from the top three above. Romak and Choi always provide a nice little two-man stack as a compliment, but to be honest, they haven’t done anything to this point. However, these two guys did have ISOs over .227 each last season so the potential is as high as anyone. They get Lim who probably had a bad case of whiplash last season watching 10 balls leave in just 88 innings. Maybe tonight is finally the night we see these two blast off. After them, my next favorite stack would probably be NC. Na, Altherr, Park, and No provide a nice little four man stack with each sporting over a .197 ISO and getting William Cuevas who was up-and-down last season for KT. He did have a 3.62 ERA, but his FIP of almost a run higher and .9 HR/9 tell us that there is room to attack there, especially with an offense of this caliber. Yang should also be included if he is back in the lineup which I expect him to be.
As always, remember to make sure these players are indeed in the lineup, that weather is okay, and keep an eye on vegas odds. Don’t forget that baseball is by far the highest variance sport but by truly digging in to the numbers and turning over every stone, we can mitigate that variance. Please follow Top Flight Fantasy Sports on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t already and good luck!