Hyun-Jin Ryu...resides in Incheon, South Korea with wife Ji-Hyun Bae...received the Cultural Achievement Award from the Asia Society Korea Center for his contribution to US-Korea relations and mutual goodwill through sports in 2013...appointed as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games...has a charity foundation in Korea, the HJ99 Foundation, which helps underprivileged youths play baseball...also released two pop singles this offseason in Korea with stars Hyuna and G.NA with the proceeds going to his foundation...joined other prominent public figures in delivering a speech at the 2014 Samsung "Passion Talk" series, which aims to provide guidance and advice to youngsters...signed by Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 2012 after his posting by the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.
In his first full season since 2014 after recovering from shoulder surgery (2015-16) and elbow tendonitis (2016), he went 5-9 with one save and posted a 3.77 ERA in 25 games (24 starts)...Struck out 116 batters against 45 walks in 126.2 innings...held opposing hitters to a .263 average, including a .240 mark against righties...Made his first career relief appearance on May 25 against the Cardinals and collected his first career save after tossing 4.0 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts...became the second Dodger to record a save in his first career relief appearance since Charlie Hough, who did so on August 12, 1970 at Pittsburgh...Pitched well following the All-Star break, going 2-3 with a 3.17 ERA (19 ER/54.0 IP) and holding hitters to a .240 average... ranked amongst NL starting pitchers (min. 50.0 IP) in ERA (10th), opponents' batting average (17th), and opponents' OPS (.708, 23rd) in the second half of the season...Made two stints on the 10-day disabled list: placed on the DL from May 1-11 with a left hip contusion and again from July 1-24 with a left foot contusion.
Consistent left-hander posted his second consecutive 14-win season, going 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts...Posted a 4.79 strikeout-to-walk ratio (7th, NL), striking out 139 while walking only 29 in 152.0 innings, and averaged only 1.72 walks per 9.0 innings, the seventh-best mark in the NL...Delivered 6.0 or more innings in 20 of his 26 starts, including 19 quality starts…allowed two or fewer earned runs in 17 starts, with the Dodgers going 14-3 in those contests...Did not allow a run in his first four road starts of the season (26.0 IP) at Arizona (Sydney), at San Diego, at Arizona and at San Francisco and finished the year with a 10-4 record and a 3.03 ERA (29 ER/86.0 IP) in 15 road starts...Was at his best against NL West opponents, going 9-3 with a 2.90 ERA (25 ER/77.2 IP) in 14 starts against divisional opponents...When given six or more days rest between starts, went 5-0 with a 1.15 ERA (5 ER/39.0 IP) in six starts...Made his season debut on March 23 against the D-backs in Australia and picked up the win, allowing just two hits in 5.0 scoreless innings…started the Dodgers' North American opener on March 30 at San Diego and the club's home opener on April 4 vs. San Francisco...Started Game 3 of the NLDS at St. Louis, allowing just one run on five hits in 6.0 innings in a no-decision (eventual 3-1 loss)...Placed on the DL from April 28-May 21 with left shoulder inflammation and from Aug. 14-30 with a right hip strain… did not make another regular season start following his Sept. 12 outing at San Francisco due to left shoulder irritation
Turned in an impressive first MLB season, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts…Los Angeles went 19-11 in games started by Ryu... Ranked among the Dodger team leaders in wins (3rd), complete games (2, 2nd), innings (192.0, 2nd), strikeouts (154, 2nd) and starts (30, 2nd)... Named to Baseball America's 2013 All-Rookie Team and ranked among the top big league rookies in wins (14, T-2nd), winning percentage (.636, T-3rd), ERA (3.00, 2nd), strikeouts (154, 4th), innings pitched (192.0, 1st) and starts (30, T-3rd)...His 14 wins tied with Kazuhisa Ishii (14-10, 2002) for the second-most by a Los Angeles rookie behind only Rick Sutcliffe's 17 Ws in 1979…his .636 winning percentage (14-8) was the fifth-best mark by a Los Angeles rookie... Struck out 154, the fifth-most by a Los Angeles rookie and the most since Hideo Nomo's 236 Ks in 1995…his 192.0 innings pitched were the sixth-most by an LA Dodger rookie and most since Ismael Valdez tossed 197.2 frames in 1995... Made 22 quality starts and pitched 6.0 or more innings in 24 of his 30 starts…opened his career with six consecutive quality starts from April 2-30... Tossed the first shutout of his career on May 28 against the Angels at Dodger Stadium, allowing just two hits and striking out seven in the Dodgers' 3-0 win… was the first of his two, two-hit complete games this season (also in an 8.0-inning loss on Sept. 16 at ARI), becoming the first Dodger with multiple two-hitters in a season since Clayton Kershaw in 2011 (May 29 vs. Marlins, June 20 vs. Tigers)…according to Baseball-Reference.com, he was the first player to toss multiple two-hitters within the first 28 starts of his career since Dontrelle Willis in 2003, who accomplished the feat on June 16 vs. New York-NL and June 21 vs. Tampa Bay, though that game was a weather-shortened 5.0-inning affair... Won six consecutive decisions from July 5-Aug. 13, going 6-0 with a 3.12 ERA (15 ER/43.1 IP) in seven starts... Allowed a .252 opponents' batting average, but was especially tough with runners in scoring position, holding opponents to a .228 batting average (31-for-136)... Was one of the National League's best pitchers at home, going 7-4 (.636) and posting the NL's eighth lowest home ERA with a 2.32 mark (25 ER/97.0 IP) in 15 starts... Batted .207 (12-for-58) with three doubles, a triple and five RBI…ranked eighth among big league pitchers in batting average... Did not commit an error in 37 total chances over 192.0 regular-season innings…only 10 MLB pitchers tossed more innings in 2013 without committing an error... Made two postseason starts and became the first-ever Korean-born pitcher to start a playoff game (fifth overall Korean to appear in a postseason game), going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA (4 ER/10.0 IP) and limiting opposing hitters to a .237 batting average in the playoffs (9-for-38)…did not factor in the decision in his NLDS Game 3 start against the Braves, allowing four runs on six hits in 3.0 innings, walking one and striking out one in the Dodgers' eventual 13-6 win…tossed 7.0 scoreless innings and picked up the win in the Dodgers' 3-0 victory in NLCS Game 3 start against the Cardinals…allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out four in the NLCS win