There is a high possibility that Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan (24) will play the opening game in the major leagues. The possibility of starting out is predicted.
Pittsburgh announced on the 28th (Korean time), “Transferred infielder Mark Mathias to Triple-A Indianapolis, and sent Drew Magee, Chris Owings, and right-hander Tyler Chatwood back to the minor leagues.”
There are now 32 players left at Major League Camp in Brandonton, Florida. There are 26 players in the major league entry for the opening game. It is said that 6 more people need to be organized, but the possibility of Bae Ji-hwan surviving is very high.
The local press, Trip Live, said on the same day,스포츠토토 “The Pittsburgh club organized 4 campers to create an opening roster spot for Bae Ji-hwan and Canaan Smith-Nzigba.” It is a situation where Mandeung is fighting for the remaining four fielders.”
Bae Ji-hwan is being pointed out as a backup infielder thanks to his quick feet and stable defense.
Local fan media Lumberter said, ‘The Pittsburgh infield backup will consist of Bae Ji-hwan and Connor Joe. Bae Ji-hwan will serve as a backup for third base, shortstop, and second base, but can also play in the outfield. ‘Sometimes he might even see a start at second base,’ he predicted.
Also on the same day, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, ‘Bae Ji-hwan has the ability to be an all-weather infielder and is included in the roster. He went up and down against the Minnesota Twins, hitting and striking out,’ he said. ‘He had a slow start, but in his last six games he batted . He explained the value as a great option for a late match runner because of his speed and mobility.
Bae Ji-hwan made his major league debut on September 24, 2018, starting as second baseman ninth in a game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, his home stadium. He seized the opportunity to be named in the opening game roster this season.
If so, how likely is Bae Ji-hwan to start? Basically, Bae Ji-hwan doesn’t seem to have a starting spot in the Pittsburgh infield. First baseman Carlos Santana, second baseman Rodolfo Castro, third baseman Kibrian Hayes, and shortstop O’Neal Cruz are Pittsburgh’s basic infield format. Choi Ji-man is a strong designated hitter.
However, Bae Ji-hwan entered the 49th at-bat in this demonstration game. This is the 6th highest score on the team. He had a .244 batting average (11-for-45), 2 RBI, 6 runs scored, 4 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.559. He is the team’s number one stealer. Bae Ji-hwan, a left-handed hitter, is strong against right-handed pitchers. He had a batting average of 0.423 (11 hits in 26 at-bats) against right-handed pitchers last year.
Pittsburgh will play the opening game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on the 31st at 5:10 am. The starting opponent is right-handed fastball Hunter Green. Green has the fastest ball among major league starting pitchers. Last year’s four-seam arrest was the highest of 102.6 miles (165 km) and the average was 98.9 miles (159.2 km).