The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Jang Hyun-seok, and he hasn’t even been introduced to local fans yet.온라인바카라, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), recently released its midseason prospect rankings over the past three days. On the 15th, we introduced the top 100 prospects in all of MLB, followed by each team’s farm prospect rankings on the 16th. On Sunday, revealed the top 30 prospects for each organization, with Jang ranked 22nd on the list. has an ETA of 2027 for Jang’s big league debut.

While 22nd on a team may seem low at first glance, a closer look reveals that it’s not. For starters, most of the Dodgers’ top 10 prospects are minor league proven. Kyle Hurt, who has recently garnered attention for his Double-A success, is #13, and Ryan Peavy, who has struggled to make the MLB roster after a strong start in Triple-A, is #10. He hasn’t thrown a single pitch in the United States yet. For an Asian high schooler that, Baseball America, and other evaluators haven’t looked at locally, the Dodgers ranked him 22nd on the team.

Masan Yongmago Jang Hyun-seok, who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, held a press conference on Thursday afternoon at Dragon City Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Jang shakes hands with John Dibble, director of scouting for the Pacific Division of the Los Angeles Dodgers, after receiving a jersey and cap. By Sijong Jung

The scouting reports are positive. gave Jang a 60 on his fastball, slider, and curve. On a scouting report scale of 80, with a low of 20, a 60 is a positive grade. wrote, “Jang has three above-average (plus-grade) pitches. His four-seam fastball averages 93-95 miles per hour (149-152 km/h) and has touched 97 miles per hour (156 km/h). He also has a hard slider that sits 84-87 miles per hour (135-140 km/h) and a curveball that sits 76-82 miles per hour (122-131 km/h). He has an outstanding changeup.”

His changeup and secondary pitches were rated at an average 50. “His 82-84 mph (132-135 km/h) changeup lacks command compared to his other pitches, but with more refinement, it could be an average offering,” the outlet said, adding, “His stuff is good. He can develop into a mid-rotation starter or better. I see him making his major league debut in 2027.”

Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo by Getty Images

That’s not too far off from some of the top pitchers the Dodgers have signed and brought to the big leagues in recent years. Walker Buehler, a former first-round pick of the Dodgers who turned into an ace, had a 60 fastball, 55 curveball, 55 slider, 55 changeup, and 50 fastball in the early minors.

Bobby Miller, who is 7-2 with a 3.70 ERA in his MLB debut this season, also had a 65 fastball, 55 slider, and 50 changeup in the minors. His fastball was just 45. It’s encouraging to see that Jang, who is still in high school, has three plus pitches in his evaluation, unlike the two college players.

This could change dramatically once he starts playing in the minor leagues. International prospects tend to see their ratings change dramatically once they show that they are ready for the American game. The Dodgers have one of the best developmental environments in the MLB. It’s up to Jang to prove it.

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