The Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting their top international signing from last year, South Korean shortstop Ji-Hwan Bae.
The 19-year-old Bae signed for $1.25 M last March and went to the Gulf Coast League, where he hit .271/.362/.349 and went 10-for-14 in stolen bases in 35 games. He made 33 starts at shortstop and also played two games at second base. Bae ranks as the 25th best prospect in the system. He’s expected to stick at shortstop, while providing plus speed and a high OBP if he reaches his ceiling.
Catcher Zac Susi will also be joining Greensboro tomorrow. Catcher Ryan Haug fractured his hand during Tuesday’s game. Susi was on the Greensboro roster to begin the season while Haug served out a three-game suspension.