Jung-Ho Kang and his transition to American baseball will be a storyline for 2015 and beyond. The biggest question remains to be whether or not he can translate his exceptional hitting ability from the Korean Baseball Organization to Major League Baseball. His gaudy numbers from the KBO — including a 40-homer, 1.198-OPS campaign in 2014 — were impressive for any level, but there was and is a definite, necessary adjustment period to MLB pitching.
Kang has been battling that adjustment period this spring; John Perrotto’s reporting for DK’s site sums it up:
“I think he has talent and he can eventually be a useful player in the big leagues,” said a scout from a National League team. “Right now, though, he’s not ready to face major league pitching. His bat is too slow because of the big leg kick at the start of his swing. The pitchers throw harder here than in Korea and he’s getting beat by good fastballs. He needs to adjust, and that’s hard to do in the big leagues.”