Masan Yongmago’s Jang Hyun-seok, regarded as the best pitching prospect of all time, has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a prestigious Major League Baseball club.
Reporter Choi Jae-hoon.
Starting with Park Chan-ho, the first Korean major leaguer, in 1994, the LA Dodgers, who were called the “people’s club” because of Seo Jae-ng, Choi Hee-seop, and Ryu Hyun-jin, have another Korean athlete’s dream come true.
Jang Hyun-seok’s representatives officially announced that he had signed with the LA Dodgers for $900,000, or about 1.18 billion won in Korean money. 메이저놀이터
The $900,000 is the second largest contract for a Korean player after Pittsburgh’s Bae Ji-hwan, who received $1.25 million, and the highest for a pitcher since 2017, when major league teams were limited in the total amount of money they could give to foreign prospects.
[Jang Hyun-seok/Masan Yongmago pitcher: I’m honored and I’ll do my best to show that I’m worthy of your choice].
More than 10 teams battled to sign Jang, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were stumbling under the restrictions on signing overseas prospects, emerged as the winner of the bidding war, giving him the balance of the contract space they received from the Chicago White Sox last week in exchange for two prospects.
[Jang Hyun-seok/Masan Yongmago Pitcher: I was a little surprised when I heard the name Dodgers, but I’m excited and I can’t wait to try on the uniform and stuff, and my goal is to make (my body) more perfect so I can get to the big leagues quickly].
A local media outlet covering the Los Angeles Dodgers expressed high hopes for Jang, saying, “It will be a while before we see him in the big leagues, but Dodger fans will be excited to see what he can do in the major leagues.”