As expected, Bae Ji-hwan (24) was named to Pittsburgh’s opening roster with 26 players.
On the 29th (Korean time), MLB.com and CBS Sports, the official homepage of the US Major League Baseball, announced that “Bae Ji-hwan will kick off the 2023 season with Pittsburgh.”
Bae Ji-hwan, who became the 26th Korean major leaguer ever after being called up to the major leagues for the first time in September of last year, succeeded in entering the opening roster for the first time.
Bae Ji-hwan graduated from Gyeongbuk High School and signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves in 2017 to challenge the big leagues for the first time. He was close to being undone when Atlanta revealed that he had an illegal contract, but he continued to pursue his dream when he signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh in 2018. And he had the honor of being on the opening roster for the first time in six years.
In 19 major league demonstration games this year, he had a batting average of 0.234 (12 hits in 47 at-bats), 2 RBIs, 2 walks and 4 stolen bases. On defense, he played second baseman, shortstop, and even center fielder. 온라인카지노
CBS Sports pointed out, “Bae Ji-hwan is a super utility resource that can play second baseman, shortstop, and center fielder. He has good speed, but he needs a certain amount of playing time to utilize it.”
Bae Ji-hwan, who is now on a new starting line, is now competing for the starting position in the major leagues.