Kang Future Two Way Player in KBO

Baek-Ho Kang was the first player drafted in the KBO by the KT Wiz in the 2017 draft. He has a fastball that hits 95 and can hit over .300. In the 18 and under tournament his bat helped Korea to a second place finish. He also pitched two shutout innings.

The Wiz will use him as a hitter but pitch him out of the bullpen. If he hits and pitches Kang will become the second KBO player to hit and pitch. Sung-Han Kim was the first doing it during the 1982 season for the Haitai Tigers. He led the league in RBIs with a .305 average but also finished 10-5 on the mound with a 2.88 ERA. Kim found the double duty strenuous and stopped pitching after the 1986 season.

Korea did have an Ichiro Suzuki of Korea. His name was Shin-Soo Choo. His career was not as productive as Suzuki, injuries playing an issue. Kang is being called the Shohei Otani of Korea. His fastball is a bit slower and his bat may be less productive. Next year will be his KBO debut where he can prove himself.

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