Local expectations for Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh) are rising.
On the 18th (hereinafter Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of the US Major League, announced that it had selected and announced one promising player with a high possibility of entering the opening roster (26 players) for each 30 clubs.
Among the many next-generation stars mentioned, Bae Ji-hwan was also proudly named. MLB.com evaluated, “As a utility player capable of playing second base, shortstop, and center field, he occupies an advantageous position in the team.”안전놀이터 He also added, “In his debut season last year, he left an impressive performance with a batting average of 0.333 (11 hits in 33 at-bats) and 3 steals to join spring camp.”
After going through Daegu Middle School and Gyeongbuk High School, Bae Ji-hwan, who moved to the United States after signing a contract with Pittsburgh in 2018, took steps from Single A. Last year at Triple A, he had a batting average of 0.289, 8 home runs and 53 RBIs in 108 games, and boasted quick feet and a wide range of defense.
His continued growth led to his big league debut. On September 24 last year, Bae Ji-hwan, who started as the 9th hitter and second baseman in the match against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, became the 26th Korean major leaguer on the roster of only 25 players, starting with ‘Legend’ Chan-ho Park. engraved your name
The time to play an active role as a last-minute joining was short, but it showed the reason why it was well received in the minor leagues. His steadfast pace and unrelenting hustle left an impression, leading to a spot on the Pittsburgh 40-man roster. Therefore, he joins the team spring camp on the 21st as a big league player, not as an invited player. If he succeeds in entering the opening roster, his position is expected to become more solid.