Robert Stock set to sign with KBO’s Doosan Bears
right handed pitcher Robert Stock is about to sign with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization, reports Daniel Kim, relaying information from Korean media. He says there is no official deal yet but it “seems close”.
Stock was selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2009 Draft, but only made his MLB debut in 2018, spending time in the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds organizations before eventually making it to the show with the Padres. In addition to the Padres, Stock has seen MLB action with the Red Sox, Cubs and Mets over the past four seasons. (He was also claimed by the Phillies after the 2019 season, but was nominated for an assignment before the start of the 2020 season.) He has 72 MLB 2/3 innings under his belt, with a 4.71 ERA, a 23.1% strikeout rate and a walk rate. by 12.2%.
In 2021, he could only pitch a total of nine innings in the big leagues in three starts, with an 8.00 ERA. But in 35 1/3 Triple-A innings, he had a 3.57 ERA, along with a very good strikeout rate of 26.2% and a walk rate of 8.1%. He was with the Mets when a hamstring strain landed him on the IL in July, an injury that ended his season. He was struck off the list in October and voted free agency.
After years of moving from team to team and from minors to adults, Stock, 32, now appears to be heading for a job in Korea that will likely give him more consistent playing time and a better pay than he has. would have received with another season. as a companion in North America. If he’s able to thrive in this new opportunity, he could always come back to MLB with increased interest from the clubs, as many others have done in recent years. As mentioned by Kim, the Bears signed Chris flexen years ago, who pitched well enough to land a two-year contract from the Mariners ahead of the 2021 season.