Hee-min Han

From BR Bullpen

Hee-min Han (한희민)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 163 lb.

Hee-min Han played in the Olympics, the Korea Baseball Organization and the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Han was 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in the 1984 Amateur World Series with 19 K in 20 2/3 IP. He played in the 1984 Olympics and 1985 Intercontinental Cup.

Han turned pro with the 1986 Binggrae Eagles, an expansion club, and fared fairly well with a 9-13, 3.13 record. In '87, Hee-min improved to 13-8 with four saves and a 2.36 ERA. He went 16-5 with five saves and a 3.11 ERA in 1988 and was two wins shy of KBO leader Hak-kil Yoon. The Cheongju native went 16-4 with six saves and a 2.50 ERA in 1989, allowing only 130 hits in 176 2/3 IP. He was five wins behind leader Dong-yol Sun.

Han fell to 12-9 with five saves and a 4.13 ERA in 1990, then was 8-6 with a save and a 3.83 ERA in '91. He struggled more in 1992, going 2-5 with a 5.54 ERA. He moved to the Samsung Lions and was 4-1 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA in 1993. Overall, the submarine hurler was 80-51 with 24 saves and a 3.25 ERA in the KBO with 978 hits in 1,124 2/3 innings.

Han then inked a deal with the Jungo Bears, becoming the first South Korean player in CPBL history. He did not fare well in the other Asian circuit, going 5-10 with a 5.68 ERA in 1994 and 1-6 with a 4.33 ERA in '95. He was 6-16 with a 5.31 ERA overall in the CPBL.

Han became pitching coach for the KIA Tigers in 2007.

Hee-min relied primarily on a sinker and slider.