South Korean Baseball Player Son Ah Seop To Try MLB
Michael Song, Nov. 16, 2015, 8:45 a.m.
The top South Korean baseball league said Monday it requested Major League Baseball (MLB) to make the Lotte Giants' outfielder Son Ah-seop available in posting for big league clubs. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) made the move after receiving notification of Son's status from his current club. The MLB will inform its 30 clubs of Son's availability in the league-wide silent auction.
The big league clubs will have four business days to submit their bids for the 27-year-old KBO All-Star. South Korean baseball club Lotte Giants on Monday asked the league office to post their Son for major league teams. MLB will then notify the KBO of the highest bid, and the Giants will have four business days to decide whether to accept or reject it.
One of the KBO's most consistent contact hitters, Son batted. 317 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 11 steals in 116 games this year. He's a career .323 hitter with an improving defense in right field, and has hit at least .300 in each of his past six seasons. He led the KBO in hits in 2012 and 2013.
He posted an on-base percentage of .406 this year and has a career mark of .398. Known for his ability to put the ball in play, Son's career strikeout rate is 15.7 percent, with 555 strikeouts in 3,542 career plate appearances.
Son has averaged 12 home runs, 69 RBIs and 16 steals over the past five years. He has won four Golden Gloves, which are awarded to players based on their overall performances, not just their defense.