Jae-Gyun Hwang

Born: 07/28/1987 (Age: 31)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 200
Primary Position: 3B
Seconday Position: 1B
Acquisition Period: International free agent following 2016 KBO season
Entry Point: IFA
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: September 7th, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/23, 6/25, 6/30, 7/8, 7/14
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Lotte Giants (KBO)
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Medium frame; slightly rolled shoulders with a thick, strong lower half.
Swing Mechanics
Slightly open, medium hand position; big take away/load
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 30 40 Role 40: Corner-utility infielder High
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 50 50 Has some length to the stroke; big load and tends to work underneath the ball. Has some strength in the hands, likes to extend arms and buggy-whip the barrel through zone. Has some feel for barrel, but will cheat/open early and lose the outer 1/3 at times.
Has some length to the stroke; big load and tends to work underneath the ball. Has some strength in the hands, likes to extend arms and buggy-whip the barrel through zone. Has some feel for barrel, but will cheat/open early and lose the outer 1/3 at times.
Raw Power 40 40 45-to-50 grade raw power, but plays more as doubles/gap pop in game. Will get loft-carry to opposite field.
45-to-50 grade raw power, but plays more as doubles/gap pop in game. Will get loft-carry to opposite field.
Run 30 30 Takes a few steps to get going; runs a little better underway. 4.46, 4.50, 4.63 HP-to-1B. Not a big threat to run, but not a base clogger.
Takes a few steps to get going; runs a little better underway. 4.46, 4.50, 4.63 HP-to-1B. Not a big threat to run, but not a base clogger.
Field 40 40 Strong hands, will secure the ball on the move. Limited lateral range, but catches what he can get to. Feet get heavy, don't think he has the quickness to play around the bag at second base.
Strong hands, will secure the ball on the move. Limited lateral range, but catches what he can get to. Feet get heavy, don't think he has the quickness to play around the bag at second base.
Throw 50 50 Clean arm action, throws stay on line and finish through target. Squares to target; accuracy on move.
Clean arm action, throws stay on line and finish through target. Squares to target; accuracy on move.
MiLB Stats
Overall Summary
Corner-utility player with some track record of gap/doubles power and some on-base ability. Strong wrists and can turn on velo in, but tends to cheat by opening early. Makes a lot of contact and has some feel for the strike zone. Aggressive early on fastballs; can see him having issues with off-speed on outer 1/3. Below-average defender with some arm strength who will catch what he can get to. Average athlete, foot work limits him laterally. Not a base stealer, but runs better underway; not a base clogger. Will need to move around the diamond to see consistent at-bats - has value in that corner utility role in the right setting. Compares to compare to Dae Ho Lee (3B, Mariners, 2016-) at the major league level