“Among the players who moved to the United States right after graduating from high school, if there is a player who will be close to winning the Rookie of the Year title, it will definitely be Bae Ji-hwan.”
After the 2017 season ended, and with each player’s team determined, Bae Ji-hwan, whose contract with Atlanta was terminated, dramatically joined Pittsburgh. At the time, I received the news of Bae Ji-hwan, and I thought that if I entered the big leagues, I would raise the results close to the rookie king. His baseball ability was also a skill, but it was because he gave a high score rule to his high fighting spirit. With the fighting spirit and mental strength he had shown since his days in Daegu Middle School and Gyeongbuk High School, he deserved to succeed in the US.메이저놀이터
In addition, most of the high school hitters who entered the U.S. hitters were long-range or mid-range hitters. That’s why a promising player like Bae Ji-hwan, who has sophisticated batting skills and fast speed, was as competitive as that. As long as he maintains the fighting spirit he showed in Korea, it was not nonsense to challenge for the title of ‘Major League Rookie of the Year’. As expected, he has built up his skills while stepping through the minor leagues, and entered the major leagues last year after being selected as the MVP of the team. Now, it is impossible to imagine the Pittsburgh lineup without him.
Until the 18th, Bae Ji-hwan participated in 63 games and recorded 49 hits in 182 at-bats (0.269 batting average), 2 home runs, 18 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. It’s pretty impressive that a rookie who reached the major leagues stole 20 bases in his first year. The story that Bae Ji-hwan’s feet work well in his professional career has been discussed throughout his time at Gyeongbuk High School, and this time it has been properly proven.
Bae Ji-hwan, who has always been evaluated for immediate power since his days at Gyeongbuk High School, is also the main character who received the Lee Young-min batting award when he graduated from high school. It will be interesting to see how many stolen bases he will record after the season is over and how far his batting record will go. However, the evaluation that he is close to the title of the major league rookie of the year based on his performance so far is not wrong.