The American sports media ‘The Athletic’ predicted the lineup for the 2023 season of the Major League (MLB) Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh team has a relationship with a Korean player.
Choi Ji-man and Bae Ji-hwan belonged, and recently, promising pitcher Shim Jun-seok also joined. Park Chan-ho, Kang Jeong-ho (retired), and Park Hyo-joon (Atlanta Braves) also played in Pittsburgh uniforms.
The Athletic predicted Pittsburgh’s starting lineup, saying, “Spring camp is coming in two weeks,” and “It’s time to predict the opening lineup for the 30 MLB teams, as well as bench members, starting rotations, and bullpens.” 먹튀검증
Choi Ji-man was listed in the expected starting lineup. The media raised Choi Ji-man as a candidate for first baseman and designated hitter.
Choi Ji-man moved to Pittsburgh through a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason. The Athletic mentioned Carlos Santana as both first baseman and designated hitter candidates, predicting that he could alternate with Choi Ji-man to appear in the position.
“Santana is better at first base than Choi Ji-man,” he said. “But Santana is now 37 years old. There will be more opportunities for Choi Ji-man to play as first baseman because there will be more times when he needs a break.” added.
Bae Ji-hwan was classified as a backup member. Regarding Bae Ji-hwan, he introduced, “He can play second baseman and shortstop enough,” and “he can play outfield at any time.
The media added, “Bondi, Bae Ji-hwan’s main position will be decided at this spring camp.” Bae Ji-hwan made his MLB debut in September, the second half of last season. He appeared in 10 games and recorded a batting average of .