KIA Tigers sign American pitcher Duane Below

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First of all, allow me to apologize for the lateness of this news. The story actually broke last week, but I was a bit too busy do a write-up on it. Anyway...

The KIA Tigers have signed Duane Below to replace Anthony Lerew who was released last month. Below is a 27 year old left-hander who came from the Miami Marlins organization. Below was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2006. After spending several years in the minors, Below made his MLB debut on July 20, 2011 for Detroit. He made the opening day roster for the 2012 season, but eventually found himself back in the minors. He was released in April 2013 and was claimed off waivers by Miami where he was assigned to the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs. Below appeared in 13 games for New Orleans this year, ending up with 5 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 2.55.

Below arrived in Korea on August 2 and his since undergone a medical checkup. According to KIA manager Sun Dong-Yeol, Below is expected to get his first start on Thursday (August 8) against the NC Dinos.

Below has never been to Korea, but according to news articles he has received plenty of information about the country. His sister was a US Army nurse who spent time stationed in Korea. Additionally, Below was a teammate of current NC Dinos pitcher Adam Wilk in the Detroit minor league system. Wilk has reportedly given Below plenty of advice about playing baseball in Korea prior to his arrival.