Jang Hyun-seok (19, Masan Yongmago) is the third Korean pitcher to don the uniform of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB) 토토사이트 after Park Chan-ho (Korean Superstar) and Ryu Hyun-jin (Korean Monster) of the Toronto Blue Jays. “I want to become a starting pitcher representing the Dodgers,” said Jang Hyun-seok, who is challenging the American stage.
In particular, the Los Angeles Dodgers showed their sincerity by spending a long time trying to sign him. They’ve been watching and analyzing his development for years, and when they ran out of money in the International Amateur Bonus Pool (the cap on international player contracts allocated to each team) this year, they used a prospect trade to secure him.
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At the press conference for Jang Hyun-seok’s signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dragon City Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, on Thursday, John Dibble, the Dodgers’ director of scouting for the Pacific region, said, “We’ve been interested in Jang Hyun-seok for quite some time. We’ve been looking at him since 2020, when he was a junior in middle school, and all seven scouts in the organization unanimously voted to sign him.”
There are a number of reasons why the Dodgers had their eye on Jang, including his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, a fastball that tops out at 157 mph, and an excellent arsenal of pitches, including curveballs and sliders. But for John Dibble, it’s Jang’s desire to win, his fight, and his determination.
Pitcher Hyun-seok Jang at his introductory press conference for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yonhap News
“Hyun-seok Jang has great velocity, physicality, and changeup,” said John Dibble, “but above all, he has a desire to win and a fighting spirit. The fighting spirit is his biggest strength,” he said. “When I watched his last game at Mokdong, I was impressed with his pitching. I talked to him and he was very curious and eager to learn. We thought he would be a good fit for our organization.”
Jang has a strong will to win and a fighting spirit. The most important thing for him, as he prepares for the minor leagues, is to keep fighting, which is why ‘Korean Medium’ seems fitting for him after ‘Korean Express’ and ‘Korean Monster’. I hope he doesn’t lose heart for the big leagues.
Moreover, the LA Dodgers are rumored to have a good ‘pitcher development’ system. Jang Hyun-seok is expected to go through the Dodgers’ high-quality development program and work hard to enter the major leagues. He is already training according to the program.
Director John Dibble said, “Our first priority is to identify a player’s strengths and weaknesses. We will check his physical condition in detail to identify his strengths and weaknesses.” “Depending on when his visa is issued, we will decide whether he will participate in the training league in October.” In fact, this is why Jang chose the LA Dodgers. “I chose the Dodgers because they are said to be the best at developing pitchers among the 30 clubs,” he explained.
Jang also took the opportunity to cross the Pacific Ocean with a military exemption. He will be the only high school player to wear the Korean flag on the Korean baseball team at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. The Dodgers are happy to see the military service issue resolved. They promised their full support.
“I think it’s positive that Hyun-seok Jang will be representing Korea in international tournaments like the Asian Games and the World Baseball Classic (WBC). We will actively support him.”