Masan Yongma High School’s Jang Hyun-seok (19), who is evaluated as the biggest high school 메이저놀이터 language of the year, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and is attracting local media’s attention.
On the 1st, through the management company Ricoh Sports Agency, Jang Hyun-seok said, “After long consideration, I decided to challenge the major leagues without submitting an application for the KBO draft. In the process of deciding where to go, he is sorry for making many people wait. It was very difficult to decide because he had dreamed of playing in both the KBO and major leagues. However, he was eager to challenge the world’s best stage, so he eventually made up his mind to challenge the major leagues,” he said, announcing his advancement to the major leagues. Subsequently, on the 9th, he officially announced that he had signed a contract with the Dodgers for a deposit of 900,000 dollars (approximately 1.18521 million won).
Jang Hyun-seok, who achieved outstanding results with an average ERA of 1.84 in 21 games (68⅓ innings) in three years of high school, has an overwhelming pitch and good physique conditions. He boasts of his outstanding pitch, to the extent that he caught a whopping 102 strikeouts in his career.
Local media are also showing great interest in the news that Jang Hyun-seok signed with the Dodgers. Dodger Blue, an American media outlet, introduced Jang Hyun-suk based on an interview with Daniel Kim, who has experience as a commentator for ESPN.
“Jang Hyun-seok throws a fast ball that reaches 97 miles (156.1 km) per hour,” Dodger Blue praised him, “He uses various breaking balls such as slider, sweeper, curveball, and changeup. In the KBO draft, the overall first pick was influential. He was selected for the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and is the youngest player in his team and the only amateur.”
Dodger Blue, who made a sober assessment, saying, “It is unlikely that Jang Hyun-seok will enter the top 10 of the Dodgers prospects ranking right now,” said Dodger Blue, “but he has tremendous potential and can quickly rise in the rankings once he starts pitching on his professional stage. If he had been eligible for the major league rookie draft, he would have been able to be nominated in the 2nd or 3rd round, and he is the best among the remaining international free agents.”
The Dodgers moved busily to recruit Jang Hyun-suk. Through the trade, he sent prospects Aldrin Batista and Maximo Martinez to the White Sox and secured international contract slot money. It means that we have high expectations for Jang Hyun-seok.
The Dodgers, which had many outstanding Korean pitchers such as Chan-Ho Park and Hyun-Jin Ryu, are also the team where promising Korean pitcher Hyun-Il Choi is playing. Fans have high expectations of what kind of player Jang Hyun-seok will grow into, who will go to the Dodgers, where many of his senior players played.