Eric Peddy (29), who joined the NC Dinos as a new foreign pitcher. The person who gave him generous advice was Eric Thames (36, Oakland), who was much loved in the KBO league in the past. “I was lucky enough to play with Thames in the US,” said Peddy. In addition, Peddie expressed his desire to live in Korea next season, saying, “I want to learn a lot about Korean culture and community.”
On the 20th, the NC Dinos announced that they “signed new foreign pitcher Eric Peddy under contract terms of $200,000 down payment, $800,000 annual salary, and a total of $1 million.”
Peddy is a right-handed overhand pitcher with a large physique of 193 cm in height and 92 kg in weight. The average speed of his fastball is 149km, and the highest speed is 153km. Lim Seon-nam, NC general manager, introduced Peddy as “a pitcher who throws various breaking balls such as cutters, curves, and changeups along with a powerful two-seam fastball.” I expect that he will play an active role as a key member of the team’s selection team,” he explained the background of the recruitment.
Through the club, Peddie said, “I am very happy to be able to join the NC Dinos. I want to quickly meet the manager, coaches, and fellow players. I want to quickly experience the culture of the KBO league.”
Peddie was selected by the Washington Nationals in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2014 draft. After that, he debuted in the major leagues in 2017 and participated in 102 major league games (88 starts), recording an average ERA of 5.41 with 21 wins and 33 losses. In 2019, he made five starts during Washington’s World Series victory. He is an active major leaguer who played an active role as a fifth starter this year as well. In the minor leagues, he went 23-19 with a 3.69 earned run average in 89 career games (71 starts). 메이저놀이터
While he was playing in Washington, he ate together with Thames, who commanded the Korean stage in the past. Thames played in NC from 2014 to 2016, and was selected as the regular season MVP in the 2015 season. After returning to the big leagues by transferring to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, he played for Washington in 2020 and Yomiuri Giants (Japan) in 2021 before playing for the Oakland Athletics this year.
Regarding Korean baseball, Peddie said, “I don’t have much knowledge about Korea and the KBO outside of the internet and what I’ve heard from players who have stepped on the KBO stage before.” I highly praised it, and I was able to hear many things. The atmosphere of Changwon NC Park in the photos also looked really cool. I have high expectations for Korea.”
Peddy is staying in Arizona, where NC will be organizing spring camp next year, and is building up his body. He said, “Luckily, I am currently training with the best trainers, pitching coaches, and physical therapists while staying in Arizona, where (NC’s) off-campus training will be held. After saying, “I plan to join the field training with my physical condition and pitching form in the best condition,” he said, “I want to become a good team member while competing with my colleagues every time I go on the mound. I will help the team win while digesting innings. Given the opportunity to play in the KBO League, I want to learn a lot about Korean culture and community.”