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Deok-kyu Yun (윤덕규)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 176 lb.

Deok-kyu Yun hit .285 over 13 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Yun debuted in 1985 with the MBC Blue Dragons, hitting .170/.188/.277 in 50 plate appearances. In '86, he improved to .280/.338/.381 while becoming a starter in left field. He ranked fourth in the KBO with 21 doubles. He fell to .269/.312/.339 in 1987 while placing fourth in nine triples. In 1988, he put up a .304/.375/.378 line with five triples (tied for the league lead). He hit .300 again in 1989, at .300/.385/.379. He finished 6th in the league in both average and OBP.

In 1990, the Seoul native moved to the LG Twins and spent the season at third base instead of his usual outfield. He hit .279/.366/.415. He also led the circuit in triples (8) and BB/K ratio (1.75) while placing 6th in runs (68). As a right fielder for LG in 1991, he hit .308/.383/.400. He finished 8th in average. He split '92 between the Twins (.280/.374/.354) and Taepyungyang Dolphins (.314/.356/.498) - he was at .300 for the year, his fourth time at .300. During 1993, he hit .300/.355/.369 for the Dolphins. He was 6th in average and fourth with 8 triples.

Yun had his career year in 1994, producing at a .321/.379/.500 rate with a career-best 11 home runs. The 31-year-old left fielder finished third in average, 7th in OBP, third in slugging (behind Jong-beom Lee and Ki-tae Kim), fourth in OPS and tied for third in doubles (27, even with Lee). He won his only Gold Glove as one of the KBO's top three outfielders, joining Jae-hyun Kim and Noh-jun Park. While his best year, it was his last productive one, never again making the top 10 in any department.

In 1995, the veteran fell fast, to .228/.275/.311; on July 21, he got his 1,000th career hit. He played for the Hyundai Unicorns in 1996 (.267/.301/.374) and 1997 (.239/.261/.368). He then retired with a career batting line of .285/.342/.390 in 1,275 KBO games. He had 192 doubles, 48 triples, only 47 home runs and 73 steals in 130 tries.

Yun coached for the Lotte Giants from 2002-2005 then became a coach for LG.

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