Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh Pirates), who performed impressively in the major leagues at the end of last season, was selected as a promising prospect for spring camp.
On the 17th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball, introduced the prospects of each team that will compete in the Major League during the spring camp. 안전놀이터
MLB.com said, “Every camp has a prospect vying for a big-league spot. We’re giving away one prospect (information) we hope to (get) a spot on each team.” On this list, Bae Ji-hwan was named in the order of his team, Pittsburgh.
Bae Ji-hwan made his major league debut last year. It is a valuable result that he achieved in 5 years, starting from the rookie league in 2018. Bae Ji-hwan showed off his versatility from his minor league days. He excelled at hitting, base running and defense. He posted a batting average of 0.294 (354 hits in 1203 at-bats), 16 homers, 137 RBIs, 91 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.792 in 314 minor league games.
Even after his major league call-up, Bae Ji-hwan did not lose his strength. He proved his worth even on the few occasions. He made some eye contact with a batting average of 0.333 (11 hits in 33 at-bats), 6 RBIs, 3 steals, and an OPS of 0.829 in 10 games. Although he is not considered a starting player right now, he is evaluated as helping the team wherever it is needed.
MLB.com said, “Bae Ji-hwan plays a utility role for Pittsburgh. He has an inside track that can play as second baseman, shortstop, and center fielder. Also, Bae Ji-hwan’s speed is a factor that the team can use. At the time of his debut last year, he had a batting average of 0.333. He showed impressive performances with three stolen bases.”
Bae Ji-hwan’s main position is second baseman. However, he has experience playing multiple positions such as center fielder and left fielder. In addition, his contact ability and recognized explosive speed can be used in various ways when the team needs it.
Meanwhile, Bae Ji-hwan departed for the United States via Incheon International Airport on the 10th and expressed his determination for the new season. “I’m not bragging, I’m really comfortable at any position. What I’m most greedy for is being in the lineup, not sticking to a certain position and batting order a few times. My first goal is to play at least one full season without getting hurt. I want to run all the time,” he said vigorously.