Ji-hwan Bae Looks to Continue Second-Half Trend

Ji-hwan Bae has made a strong first impression in Triple-A, during the typically colder months.

Bae has a .287/.367/.466 line in 199 plate appearances heading into this week, with five homers and 11 stolen bases.

There is some potentially better news for the Pirates prospect.

“I am really more comfortable in the second half than the first half,” Bae said. “My eyes get used to the pitchers and everything like that. I really like the second half.”

With the end of June marking the completion of the first half of the season, Bae expects to continue his strong debut season at Minor League Baseball’s top level.

In 2019, the stats back Bae’s observation. His OPS increased each month from July to August to September. The 2018 season was just short season for Bae. Then, 2021 was a bi...

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Catch_22

They should call up Bae and send Castillo down.

dbsteel

He should be up as soon as they dump Van Meter. Unfortunately Van Meter is the new Sean Rodriguez.

Catch_22

Why not Castillo? Dude is really struggling and might not be good at baseball

The Cobra

What’s everyone’s thought on weather Bae or Gonzalez is the second baseman of the future at this point. With Gonzalez being a top 10 pick one would think it’s his job to lose, but Bae just keeps getting better it seems. I would assume he would get the first audition in the bigs either later this year or next.

TNBucs

Bae is a few months younger putting up better stats in AAA than Gonzales is in AA, and doesn’t come with the swing-and-miss concerns–I’m leaning Bae. However, they’ve played him at multiple positions this season so if Gonzales earns the 2B job, then they can find room for Bae elsewhere.

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patrick_kelly

I think we see Bae a super utility guy that plays 4-5 times a week and pinch runs/hits frequently. He’ll bring a high OBP with some pop. Then let the other bench guys be thumpers.

roberto

Who plays best drives the decision for a good GM. No legacy promotions. Or playing time. After all, Bae was a high-priced IFA.

I remember the competition between Rennie Stennett and Willie Randolph.

juniorkrz

hopefully we make the right decision this time around regarding who we start and trade.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’m liking Bae as the potential 2B moving forward. He has the versatility to move around, but if Swaggerty can grab ahold of an OF spot, then we have half a dozen to battle for other spot already (with Suwinski having upper hand currently)

roberto

Agreed. But Gonzalez has more power.

TNBucs

Bae has a .185 ISO this season–I didn’t expect that coming into this season, but there might be plenty of pop there.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yes, but I wonder if Gonzales will have to sacrifice some power in order to not have the high frequency of swing and miss he’s shown.

tedwins

Good info Ryan, thank you. Bae keeps humming along, to me, key piece to our upcoming winning mlb teams👍

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