What makes Hyun-Jin Ryu so good?

The Blue Jays have themselves an ace.  By signing Hyun-Jin Ryu the Blue Jays are making a statement that they are ready to start contending with their young core of position players. Adding a pitcher like Ryu is substantial. He is fresh off a season where he led the league in ERA at 2.32 and finished second in the National League Cy Young voting. Since Ryu joined the Major Leagues in 2013 his 2.98 ERA ranks eighth among starting pitchers.
The risk with Ryu has always been health. He’s only pitched 740.1 innings in his career and only has four seasons where he has made at least 25 starts. The Blue Jays need Ryu to stay healthy as when he is healthy he is one of the best starting pitchers in baseball.
It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes Ryu so special. His change-up might be the most effective in the league. He keeps hitters off-balance by effectively mixing his pitches, you never know what’s coming in what count. His command is unbelievable; he can throw any of his six pitches for strikes at any point in an at bat.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, 5Ks on 5 Different Pitches (with Tails).


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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation