The Los Angeles Dodgers have confirmed that they are very interested in Masan Yongmago pitcher Jang Hyun-seok (19).
On Friday (June 5), local media outlet ‘Dodgers Digest’ reported that the Dodgers have made a prospect trade to acquire Jang Hyun-seok. The Dodgers traded two top pitching prospects, Maximo Martinez and Aldrin Bautista, to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for international free agent (IFA) money. Josh Thomas of Dodger Digest believes the Dodgers will use that money to sign Jang.
If that happens, Jang’s contract will surpass that of Shim Jun-seok, who signed with Pittsburgh earlier this season.
Jang, who has already dominated the high school scene with his 158-kilometer fastball since last year, split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen this year, leading his alma mater to the quarterfinals of the E-Mart Baseball Tournament and the quarterfinals of the Presidential Baseball Tournament, in which he is currently participating.
The Dodgers could be looking at Jang Hyun-seok as the “post-Park Chan-ho,” and if he develops as expected, it’s not impossible for him to be on the mound at Dodger Stadium alongside Choi Hyun-il as soon as possible. Jang Hyun-seok’s fighting spirit is more appreciated locally, as he was able to ‘hit for the cycle’ without any residual injuries.
There are at least three or four other teams interested in Jang, but this is the first time there has been talk of a move locally. Lee Jung-hoo’s announcement that he is going to the major leagues has also indirectly increased the value of Jang Hyun-seok by attracting major league executives to Seoul.스포츠토토
Meanwhile, Jang Hyun-seok’s agency, Rico, said, “There is no official position on the local reaction.” The Los Angeles Dodgers are led by Park Chan-ho, with Choi Hee-seop and Ryu Hyun-jin on the roster, and Choi Hyun-il has recently shown promise as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues.