토토사이트 Fast pitcher Jang Hyun-seok, the only high school athlete to be selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games, has a team.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were the team of Chan Ho Park, the ‘Korean Express’, and Ryu Hyun-jin, the ‘Korean Monster’.
Reporter Kim Han-jun reports.
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Jang Hyun-seok, a third-year student at Masan Yongmago, chose the LA Dodgers.
Jang Hyun-seok, who had given up on applying for the KBO rookie draft and declared his intention to go to the United States, decided to join the Dodgers after much deliberation.
His contract was worth $900,000, or 1.18 billion won in Korean currency, which is the highest among recent players who have moved to the United States.
Considering that last year’s high school standout, Shim Jun-seok, had a contract of $750,000, it shows the high expectations for Jang Hyun-seok.
According to an interview with MBN, Jang Hyun-seok received official offers from four teams, with some offering more than $1 million, but he is said to have opened his mind to the Dodgers’ pitcher development system and sincerity.
▶ Interview: Jang Hyun-seok / Masan Yongmago Pitcher (24th of last month)
- “I can’t say in public like this, I can only say that (many teams) are still thinking about it.”
The Dodgers have a long history with Korean players.
They were the team that Park Chan-ho, the first South Korean major leaguer, started his career with, and they were the first team that Ryu Hyun-jin played for.
As a result, the Dodgers are so popular in Korea that they are often referred to as the Gookjus.
For Jang Hyun-seok, it was the first gateway to becoming a big leaguer.
Now it’s up to him to see if he can grow into a specialised pitcher representing Korea like his Dodger predecessors.
▶ Interview: Jang Hyun-seok / Masan Yongmago Pitcher (18th of last month)
- “No matter where I am or which team I play for, I want to be the best player on that team and always be sincere.”
This is MBN News’ Kim Han-jun.
Reporting by Bae Byeong-min, Editing by Lee Dong-min