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Former Blue Jays currently playing in the Korean Baseball Organization

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - AUGUST 16: Anthony Alford #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings during the second inning of game two of a double header against the Tampa Bay Rays at Sahlen Field on August 16, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - AUGUST 16: Anthony Alford #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings during the second inning of game two of a double header against the Tampa Bay Rays at Sahlen Field on August 16, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 21: Thomas Pannone #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2019 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 7-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Thomas Pannone

Joining Nolin on the Kia Tigers is former starter/reliever Thomas Pannone, who was acquired by the Blue Jays at the 2017 trade deadline from the then Cleveland Indians alongside Samad Taylor in exchange for reliever Joe Smith.

Pannone made his MLB debut in 2018, flirting with the rotation and the bullpen before appearing in a career-high 37 games in the 2019 campaign, highlighted by an immaculate inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 14th. At the MLB level, Pannone crafted a 5.43 ERA through 49 games and 116.0 innings pitched, finishing with a 7.6 K/9.

The Jays DFA’d him on August 24th, 2020 and he became a free agent that offseason, spending the 2021 campaign in AAA with the Los Angeles Angels organization. He joined the Boston Red Sox for the 2022 season on a MiLB deal but was released midway through the summer, later signing a deal with the Tigers in the KBO.

Through 10 starts in South Korea, Pannone has allowed just 13 earned runs through 59.1 innings while authoring an 8.2 K/9 compared to a 2.4 B/9. He doesn’t have enough innings to rank across the KBO but he does have one of the stronger lines amongst the Tigers rotation and has gone five or more innings in nine of his ten starts.

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