Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh Pirates) is about to enter the opening roster six years after challenging the US major league stage.
The Pittsburgh local magazine ‘Trip Live’ reported on the 28th 메이저사이트(Korean time) that the Pittsburgh club drastically reduced the number of people in the big league camp, predicting that Bae Ji-hwan would be able to enter the opening roster.
The biggest advantage of Bae Ji-hwan, cited by the local media in the United States, is its utility ability and fast focus. Bae Ji-hwan has prepared to be able to defend shortstop and second base, and in some cases, to see outfield defense as well. And with his quick feet, he’s likely to get his first chance as a late-game substitute.
Bae Ji-hwan first challenged the big league stage when he graduated from Gyeongbuk High School and signed a contract with Atlanta in 2017. In 2018, he had to re-sign a minor league contract with Pittsburgh due to Atlanta’s illegal contract, but he did not give up on his dream and endured in silence. As a result, he was called up to the big leagues for the first time in September of last year, becoming the 26th Korean major leaguer ever, and this year, he is aiming to enter the opening entry.
Bae Ji-hwan recorded a batting average of 0.244 in his exhibition game, so there are evaluations that he still has ups and downs at bat, but he is attracting attention as a rookie who will revitalize Pittsburgh’s batting line.