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Report: Pirates Set to Promote INF Ji-Hwan Bae

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According to Ryan Palencer of Pirates Prospects, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted infield prospect Ji-Hwan Bae to the major leagues from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Bae is a speedy prospect, who has impressed during the ’22 season. Bae is currently batting .289/.362/.430 with an OPS of .792.

Bae, who was originally set to be a part of the Atlanta Braves’ organization back in 2017, fell into the Pirates’ lap after the Braves were caught mishandling their international bonus pool money.

The Pirates signed Bae for a reported $1.25 million.

The now 23-year-old South Korean native signed with the Pirates when he was 17 years old and made his debut in 2018. During his first professional season, Bae put up a decent season, batting .271/.362/.349 with an OPS of .711.

With the excitement around Bae, there is an incident that will most likely follow him during his entire career, which took place back when Bae was in high school.

Bae was convicted in South Korea in 2019 for the assault of his girlfriend, and as a result, MLB suspended Bae for 30 games without pay.

The question now is whether the infielder has learned from his past mistakes and is able to play through the noise that is sure to come.

There has been no official move made yet, so now we wait for who gets the DFA on the current 40-man roster to make room for the 23-year-old.

Several candidates come to mind, but the Pirates like to do things their own way and keep both fans and reporters on their toes.

When the news is official, this article will be updated.

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Ralph Varner

As one who has gotten to see Bae play a number of times – both with Greensboro and Altoona – I am really excited that he may be called up. He is exciting to watch, and his total performance offensively and defensively at Indianapolis this season has made me wonder why he hasn’t been brought up sooner. Perhaps the “logjam” of players at 2nd base and shortstop may have been the reason. I hope he gets to play a lot in the remaining games.

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