Bae Ji-hwan was named to the Pittsburgh season opening roster of the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB).
On the 29th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, announced that “Utility Man Bae Ji-hwan will start the season with Pittsburgh.” At the same time, MLB.com explained, “The joining of Bae Ji-hwan, who can play second baseman platoon as a left-handed batter and has experience as an outfielder, was virtually expected.” 메이저사이트
After graduating from Gyeongbuk High School, Bae Ji-hwan, who signed with Pittsburgh in 2018, went through minor league single-A and double-A before rising to Triple-A last year. He played for the Indianapolis Indians, a Triple A team affiliated with Pittsburgh, with a batting average of 0.289, 8 home runs and 53 RBIs in 108 games, and was also selected as the club’s self-selected Most Valuable Player (MVP).
In September of last year, he was finally called up by the major leagues and became the 26th Korean big leaguer ever. He showed off his versatility, such as his quick feet and a defense that could digest both in and outfield. On defense, he played second baseman, shortstop, and even center fielder. In the end, he was included in the 26-man roster for the first time since advancing to the United States.
Pittsburgh will play Cincinnati in their season opener on the 31st.