The Los Angeles Dodgers have been reported to have shown interest in South Korean infielder Hwang Jae-gyun, 29 yrs old. Hwang, who is currently an international Free Agent, will no longer be subjected to posting bids… The LA Dodgers organization are currently in search of a second baseman in the market this off-season, as back-up for Chase Utley next season, according to the report.
Hwang held a 90-minute showcase event in Bradenton, Florida last week in front of scouts from a large number of MLB teams (a total of 20 teams have been reported to be in attendance) for a chance to play in the Major leagues. He batted for 3 rounds and blasted 14 out of 24 balls for a homerun, he also showed off his running skills, and versatility by playing in the outfield as well… which was more than enough to garner interest, and impress the scouts in attendance.
The Busan Lotte Giant, Hwang Jae-gyun, though his primary position is 3rd base, can play a number of different positions in the infield. He posted his best season so far in his career this year with the Giants, hitting .335/.394/.570 with 27 homeruns (back to back 20 plus homer season) and 113 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and he also had 49 walks in the regular season, he also cut down his strikeout numbers this year from 66, compared to 122 strikeouts in the 2015 season. Playing for 10 years, Hwang currently owns a batting line of .286/.353/.436 with 115 homeruns and 594 RBI in his KBO league career.
It’s still a question mark on how his KBO league numbers will translate to the Major leagues, but still, the versatile Hwang will prove to be a cheap option for the Dodgers organization if they decided to go with him this off-season. Other than Hwang Jae-gyun, the Dodgers also have Brian Dozier (Twins), Logan Forsythe (Rays), Cesar Hernandez (Phillies), and Brandon Phillips (Reds) in the list of candidates.