|MLB Career Stats||54||60||4.42||394||87||86||841.0||806||1.38|
|2000||14||16th in NL|
|2001||19||11th in NL|
|2002||36||8th in NL|
|2003||16||10th in AL|
|2001||78||9th in NL|
|2002||72||18th in NL|
|2005||71||12th in NL|
|2007||68||19th in NL|
|March 6, 2010||RHP Byung-Hyun Kim assigned to San Francisco Giants.|
WITH THE RED SOX: After making a rehab start with Single-A Sarasota and a pair with Pawtucket, Kim won his 2004 debut April 29 vs. Tampa Bay, working 5.0 innings of onehit shutout ball...walked one and fanned 2...his next 2 starts came against the Indians...May 5 at Jacobs Field, did not figure in the decision, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits in 3.1 innings...walked one and struck out 2...5 days later at Fenway, took the loss, tagged for 6 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks in 3.1 innings...did not record a strikeout...made 4 relief appearances in September/October, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 1.0 inning September 23 vs. Baltimore and 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk September 29 at Tampa Bay before throwing shutout ball his last 2 times out...in game 2 of an October 2 doubleheader at Baltimore, fanned one in 2.1 perfect innings to earn the win in relief, his first major league win since his April 29 debut...the following day, on the final day of the regular season, pitched a 1-2-3 inning against the Orioles...was not on the Red Sox' post-season roster.
AT PAWTUCKET: Optioned on May 11, Kim made 2 starts for the PawSox before missing his May 22 start vs. Charlotte with a sore back...traveled to his native South Korea for 18 days where he received treatment for a muscle imbalance that was causing the back woes...placed on the PawSox D.L. June 9, he was activated June 24 and spent the next 2 months in Pawtucket's rotation, initially working approximately 2.0 innings every 3rd day before stretching out to 4.0 or 5.0 innings after the All-Star break...earned his first victory with the PawSox in his 15th start August 7 at Ottawa, allowing a run on 5 hits in 5.0 innings...next won in his final 2004 start, August 27 at Scranton, working 5.0 innings of one-hit shutout ball...walked one and punched out 6...made 3 relief appearances during the final week of the season, closing out the Triple-A campaign with 2 scoreless outings of one inning each...was 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA (3 ER/2.1 IP) out of the pen for the PawSox and 2-5 with a 5.09 ERA (33 ER/58.1 IP) in 19 starts.2003 Acquired from Arizona in a May 29 deal for Shea Hillenbrand, Kim went 9-10 with 16 saves and a 3.31 ERA in 56 games (12 starts) for the Red Sox and Diamondbacks...he posted career highs with 9 wins and 122.1 innings pitched...as a Red Sox, went 8-5 with 16 saves and a 3.18 ERA in 49 appearances, all but 5 in relief...his 16 saves in 19 chances tied for 10th in the A.L. despite the fact he served as the Sox' closer for only the season's final 3 months...combined to make 12 starts between Arizona and Boston after entering 2003 with just one major league start...made his final start in Boston's 25-8 win vs. Florida June 27 before making his final 41 appearances in relief. FOR STARTERS: Began the season in Arizona, where he went 1-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 7 starts...was a victim of poor run support, as the Diamondbacks managed a total of 18 runs in his 7 starts, an average of 2.57 runs per start...his losses included a 2-1 setback at Colorado in his April 4 season debut and a 1-0 defeat April 24 at Montreal...missed nearly a month with a bruised right ankle, on the 15-day D.L. from April 30-May 26...returned to allow just one run in 7.0 innings in a no-decision May 27 at San Francisco...was dealt to Boston 2 days later. CASE CLOSED: Solidified the Red Sox bullpen by becoming the club's closer July 1, going 6-4 with 16 saves and a 2.28 ERA (12 ER/47.1 IP) in 42 relief appearances...walked 10 and fanned 50 from the pen...did not allow an earned run in 34 of the 42 outings, including no earned runs in his first 11 appearances as the closer...allowed just 2 homers over his final 47.1 innings beginning July 1, just one in a save situation, which he converted nonetheless...only one of his 3 blown saves resulted in a Red Sox loss (8-7, August 20 vs. Oakland). FINISHING KICK: Did not allow an earned run over his final 13 appearances of the season...went 3-1 with 5 saves and a 0.00 ERA in 12 September outings (13.0 IP)...his only setback came September 10 at Baltimore, when he was touched for 4 unearned runs in Boston's 13-10 loss...pitched in 3 straight games September 21-23, going 1-0 with 2 saves...displayed excellent control down the stretch, striking out 18 batters and walking just one over his last 16 outings (17.0 innings) beginning August 23. 2002 Unlike the 2001 season, when he became the closer after an injury to reliever Matt Mantei, B.K. was Bob Brenly's go-to guy in the pen from the outset when a game was on the line in 2002...proving that there were no lingering effects from the unfortunate circumstances in the 2001 World Series, he set a single season team record for saves with 36 in 42 chances, shattering the record of 30 set by Gregg Olson in 1998...Kim finished the year with an 8-3 record and career-best 2.04 ERA in a team-high 72 appearances...his work earned him a spot on his first National League All-Star team in just his third full year in the majors, first full season as a closer...he made good on his first 10 save situations, inheriting 9 runners and not allowing any to score...he did not allow a run in his first 7 appearances of the year, spanning 6.2 innings, and was touched for only 1 run in his first 19.0 innings for a 0.47 ERA through May 8...he also recorded at least 1 strikeout in each of his first 20 appearances, totaling 42 K's in 26.0 innings for a 14.5 strikeout to 9-inning ratio...included in that stretch was a record-setting performance in Philadelphia on May 11, becoming the 33rd big leaguer at the time to strikeout the side on 9 pitches, fanning Scott Rolen, Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell...the strikeout was a much bigger part of his arsenal in the first half of the season, fanning 60 over 44.1 frames for a 12.2 ratio, but just 32 in his last 39.2 innings, a 7.3 mark... though his strikeout numbers tailed off in the second half, he still finished with 92 in 84.0 innings for a 9.9 per 9-inning ratio...after allowing 5 earned runs in a 10.1-inning stretch from May 11-26, B.K. went on another roll tossing 15.0 consecutive shutout innings over 12 outings from May 29-June 21, allowing only 6 hits while fanning 15 and making good on all 7 save situations in that span...Kim's only hiccup of the 2002 regular season occurred right after that stretch, allowing 7 earned runs over a pair of appearances in Houston on June 25-27...he entered the game on the 25th with the score tied and a man aboard in the eighth inning, but was tagged for a pair of 2-run homers...just 36 hours later in Minute Maid Park, he was called upon with Arizona clinging to a 4-3 lead in the ninth and after retiring the first man, 3 of the next 4 reached before Gregg Zaun ended the affair with a pinch-hit grand slam, just BK's third blown save in 22 opportunities...the Korean-born hurler treated the tough couple of games as a mere inconvenience as he then recorded saves in 7 consecutive situations, spanning his next 8 appearances...included in that stretch were saves in his first 4 appearances after the All-Star break as Arizona embarked on an 11-game journey through each of the 4 cities in the N.L. West...the first 3 rescues came on consecutive days after the break in Los Angeles, July 11-13, working an inning in each contest allowing only 1 hit, earning National League Player-of-the-Week honors for the abbreviated post All-Star break week...he followed on July 16 by recording the final 2 outs in Arizona's 5-3 win in San Francisco...as the Diamondbacks began putting some space between themselves and the rest of the division, Kim kept contributing, providing 4 wins and 8 saves (in 10 chances) from August 3-September 19...included was his team record-tying 30th save on August 20 at home against Cincinnati, then his record-breaking rescue just 2 days later also against the Reds...one of his more exciting saves, his 32nd of the year took place in Bank One Ballpark on August 23 against the Cubs, as he fanned Sammy Sosa with 2 men aboard to protect a 3-2 win over Kerry Wood...Kim closed 2002 allowing only 3 earned runs in his last 25.2 innings for a 1.05 ERA spanning 22 outings, including no earned runs in his last 8 outings, totaling 8.2 frames...he appeared in the last 3 games of the season, retiring all 8 Rockies he faced and earning a pair of saves...he was scored upon in only 11 of his 72 outings on the year, totaling 19 earned runs in 84.0 innings...eliminate the 7 runs over a 2-game span during the visit to Houston in late-June and B.K. gave up just 12 earnies in 83.0 frames for a sparkling 1.30 ERA...with the D'Backs never holding a late lead in any of the 3 games against St. Louis, Kim's only work in the NLDS came in the series finale at Busch Stadium, entering in the eighth inning with Arizona trailing, 4-3 and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.
Signed as a free agent, February 19, 1999.
2001 Postseason Highlights: It's true that B.K. had a tough World Series, twice coming within an out of recording saves on consecutive nights in Yankee Stadium only to fall victim to a pair of 2-run homers that eventually led to D'Backs losses...but, had it not been for Kim's work in the Division Series against St. Louis or the NLCS against the Braves, the Diamondbacks might not have been able to enjoy a trip to the Fall Classic and eventual crowning as World Champs...his first career taste of post-season play occurred in game #3 of the Division Series in Busch Stadium against the Cardinals, as he entered a 5-3 game with the go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth inning... after a walk to N.L. Rookie-of-the- Year Albert Pujols that loaded the bases, Kim escaped any damage with a fly ball to center...he then recorded the rescue by coaxing pinch-hitter Mark McGwire to hit into a game-ending double play and stake the Diamondbacks to a 2-1 advantage in the series...Kim's next work was in the NLCS vs. Atlanta, working a scoreless inning in Arizona's game #2 loss at home to the Braves, followed by saves in games 4 & 5, capped by the rescue in the National League title clincher...he entered game #4 with the bases loaded and none out in the eighth inning and the D'Backs holding a 7-3 lead...B.K. got a double play ball and lineout to escape any major damage, then worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to post the save...he followed the next night in what turned out to be the final game of the NLCS in relief of Randy Johnson and Arizona holding a 3-2 lead, retiring 6 of the 7 men he faced, including Julio Franco on a fly ball to center to propel the D'Backs into the World Series...it would be 10 days before his next action, as Kim worked game #4 of the Fall Classic on Halloween night in Yankee Stadium...entering in the eighth inning with Arizona in possession of a 3-1 lead, he struck out the side then coaxed a groundout by Derek Jeter to open the ninth before allowing a single to Paul O'Neill...Kim fanned Bernie Williams for the second out in the ninth, but Tino Martinez connected for a game- tying home run that sent the contest into extra innings...Jeter untied the game in the 10th with a 2-out fly ball that cleared the 314-foot barrier in right field to complete the Yankee comeback just after the clock struck midnight for the first-ever game to be played in the month of November...figuring that lightning couldn't strike twice in 24 hours, manager Bob Brenly summoned Kim from the pen in the ninth inning of game #5 with the D'Backs holding a 2-0 lead, largely due to Miguel Batista's 7.2 innings of shutout ball...B.K. gave up a leadoff opposite field double to Jorge Posada, then retired the next 2 hitters before Scott Brosius became the villain with a game-tying shot to left...the Yankees dodged a bases loaded situation in the 11th then won the contest in the 12th to send the series back to Arizona...all told, Kim allowed only 1 hit over 6.1 innings of shutout ball leading up to the World Series, but was responsible for 5 earned runs in 3.1 frames over his 2 outings in Yankee Stadium...by facing the Yankees, B.K. became the first native of Korea to ever appear in World Series competition.2000 The 2000 campaign was a tale of 2 seasons for the Korean-born hurler in his first full major league year of service...produced "All-Star" caliber numbers over better than 3 months to open the year going 2-3 with 14 saves in 16 opportunities and a 1.82 ERA spanning 33 appearances...wasn't nearly as successful in his final 28 outings (1 start), going 4-3 with no saves in 4 opportunities with a 7.84 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs in 31.0 innings.
Finished the year with 111 strikeouts in 70.2 innings, a 14.1 strikeout per 9-inning ratio.
Tied a franchise record for most strikeouts in a game by a relief pitcher, fanning 5 in San Diego in 3.0 innings on April 11...tied it again on June 11, getting 5 of the 6 hitters he faced in 2.0 frames against Anaheim.
Set a club record by fanning 8 consecutive batters over 4 games from May 4-9, and 11 of 12 batters over a 5-game stretch...tied his own club mark with another 8 K's in a row from June 21-26, spanning 3 outings, recording saves in each of the last 2 games in that streak.
Earned his first victory of the season on May 10 vs. the Dodgers, striking out the side in the ninth inning in relief of Randy Johnson.
Recorded saves in 6 consecutive opportunities from April 19-May 31 before allowing a pair of runs and absorbing a 7-6 loss in Texas on June 4.
Was optioned to Tucson on July 30 after giving up 9 earned runs in 7.1 innings in late-July...made 2 starts for Sidewinders in attempt to both regain earlier form, pitching 8.1 innings and giving up just one hit while fanning 13...was recalled by Diamondbacks on August 10.
Allowed just 1 hit in his first 5 appearances (7.2 innings) after returning from Tucson, striking out 10.
Made first major league start on September 26 in Colorado allowing 4 earned runs in 2.1 innings of a no decision, surrendering a pair of 2-run homers...threw 67 pitches in initial starting effort after 84 big league relief appearances.
Iced a spot on the opening day roster in spring training by fanning 27 batters in only 12.2 innings pitched, with his strikeout total ranking third among National League spring leaders (behind starting pitchers Jose Lima-30 and Kevin Brown-28).1999 Byung-Hyun signed with Arizona in spring training, opening the year with El Paso...he made it look easy, going 2-0 with 32 K's in 21.1 innings, then went to Tucson (AAA), posting a 2-0 mark with 21 K's in 17.1 frames and was summoned to the majors...20 years old at the time of his recall, he was the youngest player in the majors, 6 months younger than Odalis Perez (6/7/78), and 10 months younger than Adrian Beltre (4/7/78)...B.K. made his big league debut in Shea Stadium on May 29, retiring the Mets in order in the ninth, ending the game with a strikeout of Mike Piazza to save the 8-7 Arizona win...Kim earned his first major league win on October 2 over San Diego, working 0.1 of an inning...he was disabled from August 2-September 7 with a neck strain.