Will the LA Dodgers and promising Jang Hyeon-seok (19, Masan Yongma High School) have sincerity?
Jang Hyun-seok said at the Dodgers initiation ceremony held at the Seoul Dragon City Hotel on the 14th, “I heard that you have been watching me for a long time. Thank you. It is an honor to wear the prestigious Dodgers uniform.”
On the 9th, Jang Hyun-suk signed a contract worth 900,000 dollars (approximately 1.185 billion won) with the Dodgers.
Prior to the signing ceremony, the Dodgers also delivered congratulatory messages from Dodgers president Andrew Friedman and other key figures in the club in the United States. The next day, the Dodgers posted a picture of Jang Hyun-seok’s inauguration ceremony on the club’s official SNS, along with the phrase “Jang Hyun-seok, welcome to the Dodgers. Fighting!”
Jang Hyun-seok, who has a sturdy physique (190 cm, 90 kg), is a pitcher with an average ERA of 0 in high school baseball this year. Jang Hyun-seok, who radiated 52 strikeouts in 29 innings, was the only amateur player to be selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team.
In addition to fastballs with a maximum speed of 155 km/h, he uses various pitches such as change-up, slider, and curve. He is also honing the pitch sweeper, which has recently become popular in MLB. During the game, he strikes out the opposing team who protested against the balk and holds a ‘Shh Celebration’.
There were not a few clubs that showed interest in Jang Hyeon-seok, the ‘attractive mass’. Seven to eight scouts from Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs flocked to Mokdong Stadium to observe Jang Hyun-seok’s start.
The winner was the Dodgers. The sincerity was conveyed through the active movement of the club. Officials in charge of Jang Hyun-seok’s contract said, “The Dodgers team was the most active. He prepared an analysis video of Hyun-seok Jang’s pitching motion, and explained the pitcher development process and method well.”
Pacific Region scouting director John Deeble said, “I have been interested in Jang Hyun-suk for quite some time. He has been steadily reviewing since 2020, when he was in his third year of middle school, and seven scouts in the club unanimously agreed to Jang Hyun-suk’s contract.”
“Jang Hyun-seok is excellent at restraint, physical condition, and the ability to use breaking balls. Among them, I could see his desire to win and his fighting spirit,” he said. “When I watched the last game in Mokdong, his pitching was impressive. He was very talkative at the time, he was curious and eager to learn. I thought the synergy with our club would be good,” he said.
It was also a decision that was never easy. Two prospects were sent out to secure the international amateur bonus pool. The bonus pool is an upper limit on the total amount of international player contracts allocated to each MLB team.
Agent Jang Hyun-seok Lee Ye-rang, CEO of Ricoh Sports Agency, explained the situation before the contract, saying, “I knew that the Dodgers couldn’t afford the bonus pool, so when I first received the offer, I wondered if it was really possible.” The Dodgers were able to recruit Jang Hyun-seok by securing space by trading two other prospects.안전놀이터
Jang Hyun-suk also revealed the fact of the contract on the 9th, saying, “I chose it because it was the Dodgers. It is a prestigious and familiar club that I have seen more (through TV broadcasts, etc.) than other teams since I was young. He did not hide his sincere affection for the Dodgers, saying, “The big reason I chose the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher training system, which has a World Series challenge every season, is the best in MLB. If training continues according to the Dodgers training program, another Dodgers Korean leaguer like Park Chan-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin may be born as the Dodgers and Jang Hyun-seok hope.
Expectations for the future are already rising as to what results the Dodgers’ sincerity and Jang Hyun-seok’s sincerity will meet.