Kang
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Kang missed all of 2017 as legal issues in South Korea prevented him from acquiring a work visa, and his status for 2018 remains unclear as he's still without a visa and could face additional suspensions from the Pirates and/or Major League Baseball if and when he does rece... read more
Kang missed all of 2017 as legal issues in South Korea prevented him from acquiring a work visa, and his status for 2018 remains unclear as he's still without a visa and could face additional suspensions from the Pirates and/or Major League Baseball if and when he does receive his work permit. While the 30-year-old infielder hasn't played a big-league game in over a year, he's kept in shape and participated in the Dominican Winter League in order to help him get his feel back. However, he struggled by hitting hit .143 in 24 games and was released. With David Freese preferred for a bench role, Kang would likely start at third base upon his reinstatement assuming the Pirates don't look elsewhere for a replacement. However, the Pirates said they don't expect him to play in 2018. There's no doubt Kang can contribute when he does play, but at the moment there's simply too much uncertainty surrounding his status to consider drafting him in single-season formats.
STATUS: 7-Day DL    INJURY: Wrist    RETURN DATE: Sep 15,2018   
LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'0"    WT: 180 lbs.    DOB: 4/5/1987    Drafted: 2015Show Contract
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Jung Ho Kang Contract Info:
Agreed to a four-year, $11 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2015.
Expected to start swinging soon
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Wrist
August 15, 2018
Kang (wrist) said he expects to be cleared to resume swinging a bat after meeting with his surgeon in Pittsburgh later this week, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Vs. Today's Pitcher
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Jung Ho Kang Vs Pitcher Stats
  • AB:
    5
  • H:
    1
  • 2B:
    0
  • 3B:
    0
  • HR:
    1
  • RBI:
    3
  • BB:
    1
  • K:
    3
  • SB:
    0
  • CS:
    0
  • HBP:
    0
  • SF:
    0
  • AVG:
    .200
  • OBP:
    .333
  • SLG:
    .800
  • OPS:
    1.133
2018 Stat Review for Jung Ho Kang
0.60 BB/K
GOOD
7.7 % BB Rate
WEAK
12.8 % K Rate
GREAT
0.573 OPS
TERRIBLE
0.308 OBP
WEAK
0.235 AVG
POOR
0.267 BABIP
LOW
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Second Baseman
  1. 1. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
  2. 2. AdamA. Frazier (L)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 3. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
Third Baseman
  1. 1. ColinC. Moran (L)
  2. 2. DavidD. Freese (R)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 3. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
Shortstop
  1. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
  3. 2. KevinK. Newman (R)
  4. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 3. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
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  1. Jung Ho Kang 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Jung Ho Kang 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Kang's power numbers rose across the board from his impressive 2015 debut, but his batting average slipped from .287 to .255, however, and his recovery from knee surgery prevented him from playing shortstop, reducing his fantasy value in some instances. Unfortunately, there are major character concerns, which could understandably leave Kang susceptible to punishment from the legal system and MLB, as he was investigated for an alleged sexual assault in July. His off-field issues continued this offseason when he was charged with his third DUI in South Korea, in incident in which he also fled from the scene of an accident. While all signs currently point to the Pirates opening the season with Kang as their starting third baseman, discipline stemming from the aforementioned incidents may force a change of plans.
  3. Jung Ho Kang 2016 Preseason Outlook
    A serious left knee injury derailed what was a fantastic first season in North America by the 29-year-old. Kang was playing his best ball when a slide by Chicago’s Chris Coghlan ended his year prematurely Sept. 17. When it was all said and done, he hit .287/.355/.461 with 15 homers and 58 RBI in 434 plate appearances. Only Andrew McCutchen (4.06) saw more pitches per at-bat than Kang (4.03) among Pirates regulars. He also finished third in the NL hit by pitches (17). Kang will most likely be restricted to playing third base when he returns, to reduce the wear and tear on his knee. When exactly he is able to return and how good he will be immediately after the injury are both questions without answers as spring training begins.
  4. Jung Ho Kang 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Kang had an outstanding season in South Korea last year, hitting .356 with 40 home runs for the Nexxen Heroes. At age 27, he could be the first position player from the KBO to come to MLB via the posting system. It's not clear if his power would translate to MLB since the KBO doesn't feature as high a level of pitching, and it's not clear if he'll stick at shortstop, but he could be in a MLB lineup next spring. The Pirates won the bidding for Kang, and he would presumably start over Jordy Mercer if he signs with Pittsburgh and assuming that the franchise views him as a viable defensive shortstop.
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Expected to start swinging soon
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Wrist
August 15, 2018
Kang (wrist) said he expects to be cleared to resume swinging a bat after meeting with his surgeon in Pittsburgh later this week, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Undergoes procedure on wrist
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Wrist
August 3, 2018
Kang underwent surgery to debride cartilage in his left wrist Friday morning, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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May have wrist surgery
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Wrist
August 3, 2018
Kang (wrist) may be headed for surgery on his left wrist, Sun Min Kim of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers setback
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Wrist
August 1, 2018
Kang experienced a setback with his sprained left wrist earlier this week, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Making limited progress
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
Wrist
July 23, 2018
Although Kang (wrist) doesn't appear close to returning, he has resumed baseball activities following a period of rest, 93.7 The Fan reports.
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