KBO Posting Period Pushed Back

The KBO season has been extended this year and with that they have pushed back the posting period when players can be posted for the major leagues. The original posting period dates were November 1 through December 4. That has been pushed back to begin November 10 and end December 14.

For players to be eligible for posting they must play eight years in the KBO. The two top players in the KBO who have met that requirement are Ha-Seong Kim of the Kiwoom Heroes and myworld’s favorite player, the NC Dinos Sung-Bum Na.

Of those two players Kim will probably make the most impact because of his position and age. He plays shortstop but could move to third or second. He is also only 25 years old. He was the replacement for Jung-Ho Kang when he left for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kim does not show the power numbers of Kang but he may be the better overall player. He has been a starter with the Kiwoom Heroes since he was 19 years old.

Na has more power than Kim but plays right field, which is where power is expected. Whether that power can translate in the major leagues is a fair question to ask. Hyun-Soo Kim did not have as much power as Na but showed moderate power in the KBO. That moderate power disappeared in the major leagues and he became a singles hitting corner outfielder who played moderate defense. Na also had a severe knee injury last year which required surgery, causing him to miss most of the 2019 season. He has played a lot of designated hitter and first base in 2020, but has also played some right field. Also at 31 years of age his window of opportunity is closing.

Another possibility is Kia Tigers pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang who is a left handed pitcher. He may not be as talented as Kwang-hyun Kim, but with the success of Kim this year in the major leagues, Yang could be a hot commodity. In 2019 he was the best Korean pitcher in the KBO with a 16-8, 2.29 ERA. This year, at age 32, has not been as kind to him (9-8, 4.66). In 2019, his last year in the KBO Kim was 17-9, 2.51 ERA, similar numbers to Yang that year.

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