Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants are showing interested in Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang.
Hwang, who held a showcase for roughly 20 MLB teams back in November, is 29 and has a pretty decent line of .285/.349/.433 over 10 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. He slugged 26 homers over 118 games last year with the Lotte Giants. His peak season came in 2014 when he hit an amazing .356/.439/.739 with 40 homers in only 117 games. As you probably know by now, however, KBO is a pretty offensive-heavy league, inflating many a player’s power numbers. As yet we probably don’t have enough data to make good projections for a player coming here from there — some have done well, others not so well — but Hwang is at least a plausible option for the Giants’ somewhat unsettled third base situation.
We do know this, though: if Hwang does make the Giants and continues to do this kind of thing after homers . . .
. . . his teammate Madison Bumgarner will find himself in an awkward spot. Or maybe it’s the case that the only people who have to play the game the right way play for opposing teams. I’m not totally clear on that.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.