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Cubs sign Korean SP Jin-Yeong Kim

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Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

Although the move was first reported as a rumor about a month ago, the Cubs recently had their signing of Korean starter Jin-Yeong Kim finalized for a reported bonus of $1.2 million.

Kim becomes the club's first Korean signing of 2010 and will join 6 other Korean players currently in the Cubs system.

The righty pitches off a fastball that runs 88-92 and mixes in three other pitches, including a slider, curveball, and change-up. While his stuff isn't dominating, Kim hangs his hat on his control, which is reportedly very good.

A senior in high school right now, Kim won't debut stateside until 2011, but looks to be the top prospect in Korea this year.

Kim's bonus was the highest given by the Cubs since 2001, when they shelled out $1.6 million for Jae-Kuk Ryu. For comparison, SS Hak-Ju Lee received $1.15 million in 2008 and SP Dae-Eun Rhee signed for $525,000 in 2007.

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