Jang Hyun-seok (Masan Yongmago), who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, is projected to reach the major leagues in 2027.
MLB Pipeline, which specializes in the minor leagues, listed Jang as the 22nd-best prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system in a section titled “Top 30 Prospects by Club in 2003” on Sunday. Among pitchers, he was ranked 11th.
In its scouting ratings, the publication gave Jang 60 points for his fastball, curveball, and slider, 50 points for his changeup, 50 points for his control, and 45 points for his overall performance, and projected him to enter the major leagues in 2027.
MLB Pipeline reports, “Jang, the former No. 1 overall pick in the KBO draft, bypassed the KBO to fulfill his dream of pitching in the major leagues.” “The Dodgers, who opened in Korea in 1994 with the signing of Chan Ho Park, signed Jang to a $900,000 signing bonus. The Dodgers, who nearly exhausted their international bonus pool this year, traded right-handed prospects Aldrin Batista and Maximo Martinez to the Chicago White Sox to free up $1 million to sign Jang.
“Jang has three above-average pitches. His four-seam fastball sits 93-95 mph and tops out at 97 mph. His velocity could be even higher given his 6-foot-1 height. He has an 84-87 mph powerslider with added spin, and a 76-82 mph curve with depth. His 82-86 mph changeup sags compared to his other pitches, but he can develop it. His arm works well and he doesn’t have trouble finding the strike zone, although his delivery looks overpowering.
“He could develop into a mid-rotation or higher starter.
Considering he hasn’t even put on a Dodgers farm uniform yet, that’s a pretty positive assessment. That means the Dodgers have high hopes for him. MLB Pipeline projects Jang’s major league debut to be in 2027, which means he’ll have three years in the minors from next year to 2026, and then a fourth year in the big leagues.
That’s a dream come true for Jang, who was born in March 2014, at the age of 23. The expectation is that he will be able to work his way up to the middle of the rotation or beyond, which means he will be able to be as dominant as Park Chan-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin if he gets more than three starts for the Dodgers.
Both Chan Ho Park and Hyun-jin Ryu have made Opening Day starts for the Dodgers. Chan Ho Park started Opening Day in 2001, his sixth full season, and Ryu took the mound in 2019, his seventh season. Jang Hyun-seok is another potential starter.바카라사이트
After crossing the Pacific after his sophomore year at Hanyang University, Park Chan-ho spent two years in the minor leagues, and Ryu Hyun-jin spent seven years in the KBO before reaching the big leagues. Jang Hyun-seok will need at least three more years to hone his skills, given that he’s finishing his senior year of high school, meaning he’ll have to start playing in the minors at age 20.
To put that in perspective, it took current Dodgers starters one year and 10 months in the minors to become full-time big leaguers: Clayton Kershaw from September 2006 to May 2008, Julio Urias from March 2013 to May 2016, and Walker Buehler from March 2016 to April 2018.
Bobby Miller, who made his major league debut in late May and has continued to dominate with his explosive fastball, was a first-round pick in 2020 and has pitched his way through Single-A+ and Double-A in 2021, Double-A and Triple-A in 2022, and Triple-A earlier this season. Born in April 1999, Miller, 24, has spent two years and two months in the minors.