Jung-ho Kang Showing Off His Power at Pirate City

Jung-ho Kang has reported to Pirate City, where he is working out and preparing for the start of Spring Training. Yesterday he took a few sessions of batting practice, and friend of the site Joe Sweetnich was kind enough to capture the video below. It’s only batting practice, but the ball looks to be jumping off his bat, and his swing looks very easy.

UPDATE: Here is a closer look from this morning.

  • Stronger than kimchi breath.

  • Mike S-Dawg Bohachic
    February 13, 2015 3:03 pm

    The leg kick is fine. More worried about the early weight shift.

  • risefromtheashes89
    February 13, 2015 2:53 pm

    I want Kang to come in and go up to AJ and say “You have no marbles” just like Tanaka said to Cerrano

  • William Wallace
    February 13, 2015 1:30 pm

    I disagree they need to get that guy back who worked with Chris Duffy. Make this guy hit it into the ground!

  • Reminds me of Jose Bautista’s swing

  • Smooth swing, I imagine that high leg kick is more to generate power though it could also be for timing. It will be interesting to see what adjustements he makes after big league pitchers get his timing and start disrupting it.

  • Noticed McCutchen in that picture, already working out.

  • Here is a link to a breakdown of Kang’s swing with some pretty heady comps. It’s a great article http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/breaking-down-jung-ho-kang/

    • Thanks, I had passed by the article but did not read it before, this time I read it. From any video I saw I thought Kang was a steal, I think most teams passed on him because they don’t think he played against good competition, for some reason they put his talent secondary.

      • People worry far too much about the leg kick in my opinion. And when you see his swing mechanics in video side by side with the other guys in the article. It really shows how clean, quick, and short to the ball he really is when you clear out all the other noise leading up to him loading his hands.

        • Another thing I noticed similar to Cabrera is that he lets the ball travel deep into the zone before he even starts his swing.

      • I tend to think the same way… it’s not his fault the competition stinks. He’s got no control over that.

        He was still the best player in the league..

        And to be fair, if someone put those numbers in AA, they’d be seen as an elite prospect.. Furthermore, there’s not a player in ANY level of minor league baseball that put up anything close to what Kang did last year in barely 500 PAs.

        Getting Cutch signed was NH best move… but this could be his most shrewd.

  • Almost no movement on the upper body, the leg kick is a timing mechanism as sevenpatch says. Very excite to see how he is going to do and fit into the pirates plans.

  • any chance it gets changed?

  • that step is awesome, all timing oriented. I bet it all depends on the pitcher delivery, if the pitcher is slow to the plate then you get a big leg kick, if the pitcher is quick to the plate then the kick goes away. I wonder what Kang’s field splits are (is he strictly a pull hitter or can he work the whole field).

  • works for me.

  • Brian O'Donnell
    February 13, 2015 9:30 am

    Rookie of the Year?

    • tom from st pete florida
      February 13, 2015 4:45 pm

      I don’t know if he will get enough AB’s.
      But if the guy is hitting, they will find a place for him 4 to 5 days a week.

      I am really looking forward to seeing this guy in action.

  • I’m anxious to see this guy against elite pitching.

    • You wll get your chance, he has hit against elite pitching before however, Hyun-Jin Ryu is a pretty good pitcher as is Liz, he hit one of Liz’s fastfalls out of the park.

    • tom from st pete florida
      February 13, 2015 4:43 pm

      me too! good thing i am 30 miles to the north. Plan on taking in alot of action this spring!!

      This team has me optimistic that this will be a season for the books!.

      If every one stays somewhat healthy, and some minor league guys can come up and help out during the season, this team should be WAY better(especially) the bench, than last year, or even the 2013 team.

  • that step he takes is nuts.