The Los Angeles Dodgers already have an impressive farm system. It improved even further on Wednesday.
Joseph Kim reported that Jang Hyeon-seok has signed with the Dodgers. The South Korean phenom will receive a $900,000 bonus to skip the Korean Baseball Organization draft and head stateside to begin his professional career.
Los Angeles Dodgers land another intriguing international prospect
Jang had been expected to skip the KBO draft anyway. He had three contract offers from major league teams last week, with multiple teams having watched his outing at Mokdong. He impressed during that outing, allowing just three hits in his 6.1 shutout innings, striking out 14 batters. It was a perfect final note for his amateur career.
It is easy to see why teams would be intrigued by Jang. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and has been clocked as high as 97 MPH. That velocity could easily tick up as well as he continues to add strength and fill out. He also throws a curve, sweeper, and change, showing solid command of his arsenal.
Jang is going to take some time. He is not likely to explode through the system, debuting in the majors in just a couple of years. However, he is an intriguing prospect in his own right, someone who could easily pay off down the road. It is just a matter of patience, something that the Dodgers have plenty of with their farm system.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have added yet another intriguing prospect. Jang Hyeon-soek is the latest member of their organization.