“I’m excited because it’s the first time I’ve seen two Korean players on the same team.”
There are two players who will be pursuing their big league dreams in the United States next season. Lee Chan-sol (Seoul High) signed with the Boston Red Sox and Jang Hyun-seok (Masan Yongmago) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.레모나토토 주소
Jang Hyun-seok, in particular, received a lot of attention in Korea. The general consensus was that he would be the first overall pick in the KBO rookie draft. By the deadline to apply for the draft, there was a lot of interest in whether Jang would try for the major league stage or enter the draft, and Jang chose to fly to the United States.
Jang Hyun-seok pitched in nine games at the high school level this season, going 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings pitched, 16 hits, 52 walks, and 16 strikeouts, and signed with the Dodgers to begin his quest for the big leagues. In October, he was named to the Korean National Baseball Team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, where he won a gold medal.
Jang Hyun-seok will be playing for the Dodgers next year, but there’s another Korean on the roster. Choi Hyun-il. A graduate of Seoul High School, Choi signed with the Dodgers in the 2019 International Amateur Free Agency and has spent five seasons in the Dodgers’ minor league system before this season.
Choi also welcomed a Korean player to the Dodgers. Choi spoke to the media before the Yang Joon-hyuk Baseball Foundation’s 2023 Hope Plus Charity Baseball Tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 26.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Choi said. I’m happy that there are juniors, and I’m excited because it’s the first time I’ve seen two Korean players on the same team. I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “I want to speak Korean in the middle of the game, talk about Korea, and eat Korean food together. I think I would have been more comfortable if one of my seniors was on the Dodgers. I want to do my best to help them feel comfortable.”
“We haven’t met in person yet, but I think we’ll meet in December. Now that I’m in the U.S., I’ll see them almost every day, so why not?” he joked, adding, “We’ll be together for at least a month and a half, since we’ll be in the same place for spring training.”
Choi Hyun-il also watched Jang’s pitching video. He didn’t have any advice to offer. However, he promised to help him a lot in non-baseball areas as he has to adapt to a new environment.
He said, “My brother, a Dodgers scout, was my translator. He sent me some videos and I watched them, but he didn’t have anything to tell me about baseball. “I’m going to help him with a lot of non-baseball stuff, like English, life, getting to know the players,” he said.