No one is stopping this train, you guys, the 10th one is coming. Outfielder (LF) Kim Hyun-soo also heading to play in the MLB this 2016 season.

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Ah, the 27 year old left handed spray hitter with some power, Kim Hyun-soo … Always fun to watch defensively and offensively, always a known LG Twin killer when they face LG in the Seoul series at Jamsil, still puts a tear up in my eye… Let’s get away from those painful memories for now and here’s what I can say about him as player who played the game with pride and determination… He’s a very great hitter (one of the very best contact hitters I’ve seen-  pretty similar to what Ichiro did during his time with the NPB), also had tremendous good bat control… Not only does he can play solid defense and have a very good range, dang, he also have a cannon of an arm. He also has a bright and outgoing personality and he’s very close with Dustin Nippert, I have no doubt he’ll have a great time there as well in the States with his new fellow teammates, if signed. In this 2015 season with Doosan, he batted .326 with 28 homeruns and 131 RBI’s in 141 games and 512 AB’s. His overall stats can be seen here, http://eng.koreabaseball.com/Teams/Playerinfohitter/summary.aspx?pcode=76290.

He’s here at 0:27-0:40 in the video

Jamsil stadium’s (his team’s and LG’s homefield) field dimensions are very similar to those in Major league stadiums, in all Baseball stadiums in South Korea, Jamsil stadium has the largest field dimension of them all… Which also he have great hitting statistics too when it comes to playing in their home field.

He’s currently a free agent right now and that’s a plus knowing no posting money is required, I know he’ll be attracting some if not a lot of MLB teams this winter. He’s regarded as one of the best there in the FA right now in terms playing the outfield. But man, even though we LG’ers consider him a rival, we’re going to miss him if he leaves. Best of luck to him.

His 28th homerun this 2015 season.

I still can’t believe that there’s no video available on him throwing out Lee Dae-hyung (one of the fastest baserunners in the KBO) at homeplate last season… But I’ll be sure to remember this defensive play from him back in the 2015 KBO postseason against the NC Dinos.

(He’ll be the 8th South Korean player in this year 2015 alone… to express interest playing in the Major leagues next 2016, this is a RECORD)

4 thoughts on “No one is stopping this train, you guys, the 10th one is coming. Outfielder (LF) Kim Hyun-soo also heading to play in the MLB this 2016 season.

  1. Ren, can you confirm something I saw mentioned in an article related to Son Ah-Seop? It was mentioned that a KBO team is only allowed to sell one player each year via the posting system. Is this true? And if so, how big of an effect does this have on strategies of who to post if a team has multiple players requesting to be posted?

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    1. ” It was mentioned that a KBO team is only allowed to sell one player each year via the posting system. Is this true?”

      Yes, this is true. Per KBO posting rules, only one player is allowed to go, they cannot post two players at the same time. The Busan Lotte Giants decided to go with Son Ah-seop cause of his better overall records compared to Hwang Jae-gyun.

      If Son failed to sign or garner interest among MLB teams, Hwang will be posted in his place.

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  2. Ren, do you think all of these hitters are going to be that good against MLB pitching? When I was living in Kobe, Japan in the mid nineties, I followed Ichiro and Orix, as they were the local hero and team. I remember thinking his bat could do well in the majors. I never imagined he would become a hall of famer, but I thought he’d be ok. No one else (other than Matsui to a lesser degree) has really hit over here of any note or sustained a high level. So I can’t help but think they won’t likely be the impact bat they are (were) in KBO. Any thoughts?

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    1. They will certainly adjust when it comes to Major league pitching, KBO players who witnessed Kang Jung-ho’s success in the Major leagues was a huge confidence booster thinking that they too can duplicate that same kind of success, the strive to improve even more when it comes to playing in Baseball’s biggest stage will be there, and will be stronger than ever. Park Byung-ho, Son Ah-seop and Kim Hyun-soo will no doubt have great first rookie seasons when it comes to playing in the MLB.

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