The Melbourne University Abos are lucky to have a pitcher like 22-year-old South Korean Chae-pong Yeun, as he demonstrated yet again in a game tonight against the Fiji College Red Wolves.
Yeun, in his 9th start of the season in the Pacific Rim College League, threw an 8.1 inning effort and set a league record by striking out 16 Red Wolves, while allowing just 4 hits and 1 run. With the win decision, his record improved to 7-1, and his ERA shrunk to 1.57.
Yeun is heavily favored to be an early round draft pick this June, and is thought to have mastered his curveball. The right-hander throws a fastball in the 98 mph range, easily aggressive enough for the big leagues.
He has been a key to the Abos’ success this season, as they survey the Australia-New Zealand Division from 1st place at 22-15. Last month, he was named Australia-Oceanic Conference Pitcher of the Month. The Abos hold the best starter’s ERA in their conference, in large part to Yeun who has only allowed 12 earned runs all year.