Reliever Seunghwan Oh in action against the Detroit Tigers on June 2, 2018. (Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Thursday, the Colorado Rockies made a move to fortify their bullpen by acquiring right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh from the Toronto Blue Jays.
In exchange, the Blue Jays receive minor league outfielder Forrest Wall, minor league infielder Chad Spanberger and a payer to be named later.
In 48 games with the Blue Jays this year, Oh is 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA. He has thrown 47 innings and allowed 14 runs, all earned, on 37 hits while walking 10 and striking out 55.
IT’S OH-FFICIAL: The Colorado Rockies have acquired RHP Seunghwan Oh from the Toronto Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/sTYEhZhvnS— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 26, 2018
A native of South Korea, the 36-year-old Seunghwan Oh, pronounced SOHN wahn, played 11 seasons in South Korea and Japan before coming to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. Oh, who holds a career 1.81 ERA in foreign leagues and 2.81 ERA in MLB, was signed by Toronto in February. pic.twitter.com/7VTwVBiDEF— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 26, 2018
Oh, a couple other important things…— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 26, 2018
🇰🇷 His nicknames are “The Final Boss” and “Stone Buddha,” which we are awesome.
😮 We’re thrilled to add “Oh Puns” to our catalog of “Story Puns.” This is good. pic.twitter.com/KZPQxahxlg
Highlights of Seunghwan Oh from his time with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016-2017.
COLORADO ROCKIES ACQUIRE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER SEUNGHWAN OH FROM TORONTO BLUE JAYS IN EXCHANGE FOR TWO MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS AND A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Seunghwan Oh (pronounced SOHN wahn) from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League infielder Chad Spanberger, Minor League outfielder Forrest Wall and a player to be named later.
• Oh, 36, has gone 4-3 with two saves, a 2.68 ERA (47.0 IP, 14 ER), 10 walks and 55 strikeouts in 48 relief appearances with Toronto this season … his 48 appearances are tied for fifth in the American League, while his 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 10th among AL relievers … has been scored upon twice in his last 21 games since June 7, going 3-1 with one save and a 0.90 ERA (20.0 IP, 2 ER) … was signed by Toronto to a one-year contract, plus an option, on Feb. 26 after spending his first two Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals … in his two seasons with St. Louis (2016-17), went 7-9 with 39 saves in 47 opportunities, a 2.85 ERA (139.0 IP, 44 ER), 33 walks and 157 strikeouts … was originally signed by St. Louis on Jan. 11, 2016 after spending two seasons with Hanshin of the Japanese Central Baseball League.
• Spanberger, 22, has appeared in 91 games with Asheville and has batted .316 (110-for-348) with 65 runs, 20 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs, 75 RBI, 20 walks, 82 strikeouts and 16 stolen bases … a Mid-Season All-Star with Asheville, the first baseman has batted .307 (179-for-583) with 114 runs, 35 doubles, five triples, 41 home runs, 126 RBI, 47 walks, 153 strikeouts and 18 stolen bases in 151 games across parts of two Minor League seasons … was originally selected by Colorado in the sixth round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.
• Wall, 22, has split the season between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Hartford and has batted a combined .260 (97-for-373) with 70 runs, 17 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 31 RBI, 40 walks, 89 strikeouts and 28 stolen bases in 93 games … originally selected in Competitive Balance Round A of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Wall has batted .276 (400-for-1447) with 253 runs, 59 doubles, 27 triples, 28 home runs, 174 RBI, 164 walks, 308 strikeouts and 98 stolen bases in parts of five Minor League seasons.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.