Jang Hyun-seok (19, Masan Yongma High School) takes on a great challenge.
On the 14th, Jang Hyun-suk had a signing ceremony for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Seoul Dragon City Hotel. Jang Hyun-seok in a Dodgers uniform. After signing a contract for 900,000 dollars, Jang Hyun-seok began his dream of challenging the major leagues in earnest. At the press conference, he said, “It’s an honor to wear the Dodgers uniform. I’m happy to join the Dodgers, who have watched me for a long time.”
This is Jang Hyun-seok, who walked the 먹튀검증 path of a professional player in the United States, not in Korea. If he had stayed in Korea and participated in the KBO draft, there was a very high possibility that Jang Hyun-seok would join the Hanwha Eagles with the first overall pick. This is because it was expected that he would not be able to pass by a pitcher who used a fastball with a maximum speed of 157km, as well as a curveball, slider, changeup, and sweeper.
If he had played in the KBO League, he could have played baseball in a slightly more stable situation. He was able to take the process of becoming a top pitcher step by step under the full support of the club. Like Kiwoom Heroes’ An Woo-jin and Hanwha Eagles’ Mun Dong-ju, he seemed likely to grow into a top-class pitcher with the attention and thorough management of the coaching staff.
However, Jang Hyun-seok gives up all the circumstances to his advantage and crosses the Pacific Ocean. Now he throws himself into infinite competition in earnest. He has to fight fiercely in the minor leagues against top prospects from all over the world. He also had the task of adapting to an unfamiliar environment and culture. This also includes language barriers.
It is also a concern that there are few successful cases in the US right after graduating from high school. Batters such as Bae Ji-hwan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ji-man Choi of the San Diego Padres have gone through the minor leagues and reached the big league stage, but pitchers have not succeeded in going directly to the United States except for Kim Byung-hyun, Kim Seon-woo, Bong Joong-geun, and Seo Jae-eung, who were active in the early 2000s.
Nevertheless, Jang Hyun-seok chose to go to the United States right after graduating from high school. Jang Hyun-seok said, “I can play in Korean professional baseball and go to the United States. My last dream is to be a major leaguer. I thought I could play more scientific baseball in the United States and build a perfect body with good systems and facilities. I chose it,” he said, revealing the reason for moving to the United States right away.
He said, “My goal is to get on the major league mound quickly. I don’t know how many years it will take. I want to grow like Clayton Kershaw, a Dodgers franchise star and first starter. I want to get on the big league mound and represent Korean baseball like Park Chan-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin. I want to become a player who does it,” he said.