Beau Sulser signs with KBO’s KT Wiz
The KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization have reached an agreement with the right-hander Handsome Sulser for the 2023 season, the team announced (h/t Dan Kurtz of MYKBO.net). He will receive a guarantee of $740,000.
Sulser, 28, made his major league debut last season. After six seasons climbing the minor league ladder in Pittsburgh, he burst onto the Pirates’ roster in April. He made four appearances out of the bullpen before being designated for assignment, eventually landing with the Orioles on waivers. Sulser would be called up six more times by Baltimore, working as a long reliever at both stops. Between the two clubs, he combined for a 3.63 ERA over his first 22 1/3 MLB innings.
The Dartmouth product struck out 19.2 percent of opponents for just an 8.7 percent swinging strike rate. That led the O’s to DFA despite his good ERA at the end of the season. He landed back with his original organization via waiver claim, but Pittsburgh placed him on waivers once again when it made the 40-man roster to keep prospects out of the Rule 5 draft. This time, he went unclaimed and was sent straight to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The Bucs are obviously granting Sulser his release to pursue an opportunity in South Korea. This will allow the former 10th-round draftee to secure the strongest guaranteed salary of his career. The $740,000 figure is slightly above the MLB minimum wage and well north of what Sulser would have earned had he spent next season, either entirely in Triple-A or, in all likelihood, even making a round trip between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis if it had happened. pitched his way back to the 40-man roster.
Although Sulser came out of the bullpen for all 10 big league starts, he has worked as both a starter and a reliever in the minors. Sulser started 24 games for Indianapolis in 2021 and made six starts in 20 Triple A appearances this year. Presumably, the Wiz plan to give him a crack in the rotation. They are coming off an 80-62-2 season that placed them fourth out of 10 teams in the league.
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