Tanner is 44-51 with a 4.18 ERA in 159 career minor league games.
Parted ways with Widener, who was 4-2 with a 4.52 ERA this season.
The NC Dinos have made a decision. They’ve sent out foreign-born pitcher Taylor Widener (29) and signed replacement foreign-born Tanner Tully (29).
“We have requested a waiver from the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) for Weidner and signed Tanner as a replacement foreign player,” the team announced on Thursday. Tanner’s contract is worth $200,000, including a $150,000 salary and a $50,000 option.
A native of Indiana, USA, Tanner is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed pitcher.
According to NC, “He throws a fastball that sits between 144 and 148 miles per hour with a mix of pitches including a slider, changeup, and curve. He has been a starter for the majority of his career and is considered to have good stamina and a reliable delivery.”
Tanner began his professional career with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.
He made his major league debut last year, appearing in three games, pitching six innings and giving up four earned runs in a no-decision. He didn’t make it to the big leagues this year.
In the minor leagues, he has a career record of 44-51 with a 4.18 ERA in 159 games (131 starts).
This year, he appeared in 19 games for the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, going 5-5 with a 5.64 ERA.
NC, which was once ranked as high as third and recently slipped to fifth, hopes to rekindle its late-season fight for the title with the addition of a foreign player.
NC Dinos manager Lim Sun-nam said, “Tanner is a left-handed pitcher who has been a consistent starter. We look forward to more stable play as a starting pitcher.”
Tanner is also close to Drew Luchinski (Oakland Athletics), who was NC’s longest-serving foreign player before moving to the big leagues.
“I’ve heard about the KBO from my friend Luchinski,” Tanner says of the league. When I saw ESPN broadcasting KBO games during the coronavirus, I knew I wanted to pitch in the KBO someday,” he said, adding, “I can’t wait to see the cheers and energy of the KBO fans.”
With a goal of “winning the NC,” Tanner promised to “stay healthy and do my best in every game with my teammates to help the team win.”
Tanner is expected to arrive in the country and join the squad as soon as the necessary administrative procedures, such as obtaining a visa, are finalized.
Meanwhile, Widener, who was signed by NC ahead of the season, was unable to complete the season.
Widener went 4-2 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 games this year.
His seven innings of one-run ball against the Lotte Giants the previous day, 스포츠토토 with eight strikeouts and one walk, could not prevent the parting of ways.