Jung Hoo Lee, a highly touted outfielder from the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), has been making waves in MLB. After receiving the necessary permission, the centre fielder is set to be posted in the coming weeks, with New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants emerging as strong suitors.
The key aspect behind the Yankees’ interest is Jung Hoo Lee’s outfield skills. They have a hole in the left field to address, which makes Lee a perfect fit. While the outfielder has faced a fair share of struggles this past couple of seasons, a couple of MLB analysts see no red flag. Instead, they urged the Bronx Bombers to pursue him aggressively.
MLB Analysts Weigh Thoughts On Yankees’ Reported Interest In Korean CF!
Jung-Hoo Lee brings a versatile skill set to the table. As an outfielder, he has demonstrated exceptional defensive abilities, showcasing a strong arm and excellent range. At the plate, Lee has displayed a combination of power and ability to hit for average. His well-rounded skill set makes him a valuable asset in multiple facets of the game. These aspects collectively perhaps encouraged the Yankees to pursue him aggressively. After Lee delivered a 23-home run season two years ago, MLB scouts made repetitive trips to Korea to assess the centre fielder’s true skills. Unsurprisingly, everyone was left deeply impressed. Meanwhile, amid raging speculations, a couple of MLB analysts weighed down their thoughts on the team’s pursuit and backed them wholeheartedly.
On a Baseball Night show, analysts John Harper and Bryan Hoch said Jung Hoo Lee might not be a power hitter guy but makes unbelievable contact. Further, the unknowns Lee brings with himself add new dynamics to New York baseball says Hoch. “There’s some appeal in the unknown. I feel like if you bring a player like that into New York City, he’ll be a focal point and obviously give us a lot to talk about and write about,” said Bryan Hoch. Also, Harper jumped into the conversation with an interesting take. He says Hoo Lee possesses an ability which Captain Aaron Judge adores. He has a high batting average with an equivalent RBI rate. The outfielder could provide the stability the Yankees need right now, which makes the former a perfect fit.
Are The Yanks Not Serious About Cody Bellinger Anymore?
Former Chicago Cubs manager David Ross indirectly hinted at the New York Yankees’ lack of interest in pursuing slugger Cody Bellinger. In an interview with Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Ross spoke highly of Bellinger’s hitting abilities. However, the ousted manager revealed one detail which sent shockwaves amongst the Yankee fanbase.
David Ross said that no one from the New York Yankees reached out to him to enquire about Cody Bellinger. But if they do so, he would only have nice things to say about him. Ross certainly believes that Cody can thrive in the Bronx owing to his left-field hitting abilities. Bellinger has been linked to the Yanks strongly over the past few months. Thus, the team’s apparent drop in interest has left the fans confused.