“I was expected to be first in Korea, but I will try ML.” 157-kilometer high school student is considered a “precious prospect” by Dodgers

Dodger Blue, which specializes in Major League LA Dodgers news, shed light on Jang Hyun-suk on the 10th (Korea Standard Time), saying, “The Dodgers added a valuable teenage player from Korea to their farm system in the offseason.”

“The 19-year-old Jang was expected to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the Korea Baseball Rookie Draft, but he has decided to challenge himself to the Major League with the Dodgers,” Dodger Blue said. “Jang Hyun-suk’s great strength is his 90-mile fastball that comes from his 190-centimeter height. He can also play sliders, sweepers, curves, and changeups,” he noted Jang’s potential.

Jang, who is physically fit and weighs between 190 centimeters and 90 kilograms, dominated the high school stage last year with three wins and an unbeaten ERA of 0.93 and 52 strikeouts in nine games at Masan Yongma High School. His four-seam fastball reaching a maximum of 157 kilometers, as well as his breaking balls such as curves, sliders, and changeups, were evaluated as excellent.

In recognition of his potential, Jang signed a contract with LA Dodgers, a prestigious Major League club, for 900,000 U.S. dollars in August last year. If he participated in the 2023 KBO Rookie Draft, he was most likely to be nominated as the top overall player, but he decided to give up and cross the Pacific Ocean.

Jang Hyun-suk was the only high school student to join the Hangzhou Asian Games national team last year and won a gold medal, receiving an exemption from military service at the young age of 19. He will be able to freely carry out his dreams on the U.S. stage in the future by solving military issues early, which can be a stumbling block to his career.

The reason Dodger Blue mentioned Jang Hyun-suk was to highlight that the Dodgers, which had a huge money party in the stove league, recruited players not only for the present but also for the future.

Media outlets reported that the company invested an astronomical amount of more than 1.5 trillion won (1.1 billion U.S. dollars) in the contract to extend Tyler Glasnow, which it brought in in deals to recruit Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but the company has also been working on replenishing the farm system. And it cited Jang Hyun-suk as a case in point.

“Dodgers has also made significant moves to reinforce the offseason farm system. During the 2022-2023 international player contract period, he signed Jang Hyun-suk, a promising pitcher from Korea,” Dodger Blue said. “Dodgers has brought in controllable and impactful pitchers, adding to the depth of the future.”

BY: 토토사이트

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