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Top Ji-Hwan Bae News

  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Likely headed for bench role

    Bae is likely to begin the 2024 season as the Pirates' fourth outfielder, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.

    Bae started 92 games for the Pirates in 2023, 56 of which came at second base and 33 in center field. His results were subpar, as he measured out as a well below average defender at second base while posting just a 66 wRC+ across 371 plate appearances. As a result, he's likely to begin the new campaign in a reserve outfield role, with Nick Gonzales, Liover Peguero and Jared Triolo vying for at-bats at second base.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Sitting Friday

    Bae isn't in the Pirates' lineup Friday against the Marlins, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Bae has gone 5-for-20 with four RBI and three runs scored across his last five games, and he'll get a breather to open Pittsburgh's final series of 2023. Jared Triolo will start at second base instead while Connor Joe gets the nod at first base.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Absent from lineup

    Bae is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest in Philadelphia.

    He'll take a seat as the Phillies send southpaw Ranger Suarez to the hill. Nick Gonzales will man second base for the Pirates, and Jack Suwinski will patrol center field.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Not in Sunday's lineup

    Bae is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Bae went 4-for-11 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, four RBI and three runs while starting the previous three games, but he'll step out of the lineup Sunday. Jared Triolo will man the keystone in the series finale.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Heads to bench Wednesday

    Bae is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Jared Triolo will start at second base and bat sixth as Jack Suwinski covers center field and hits fifth. Bae went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's blowout loss to Chicago and is slashing just .236/.300/.314 across 343 total plate appearances this year for Pittsburgh.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Bae is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Bae started the previous 12 games and will receive Sunday off after he posted a .217/.265/.326 slash line during that span. Liover Peguero will shift to the keystone while Alika Williams starts at shortstop against New York lefty Carlos Rodon.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Takes seat versus lefty

    Bae is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

    Bae will be one of several left-handed hitting Pirates who will hit the bench Sunday while the Cardinals bring southpaw Zack Thompson to the hill. With Bae sitting out, Vinny Capra will draw a start at second base and Jack Suwinski will man center field.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Locked into consistent role

    Bae went 1-for-5 with a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

    Bae has started all seven games against right-handed pitching since he returned from the injured list Aug. 18, and he's also started four of seven contests against southpaws. In that span, he's gone 10-for-41 with four RBI and five runs to go along with a pair of stolen bases. While unremarkable production, the Pirates appear invested in getting Bae regular at-bats, to the detriment of Liover Peguero.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Idle against southpaw

    Bae isn't in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Cubs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Lefty Jordan Wicks will start on the mound for his major-league debut Saturday, forcing the left-handed bat of Bae into the dugout. Liover Peguero will man second base in Bae's absence and bat seventh.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Swipes 21st bag

    Bae went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base Thursday against the Cubs.

    Bae has been a near everyday player since he was activated from the injured list Aug. 18. He now has five hits across 21 at-bats since his return, with Thursday's performance also marking his first stolen base in that span. Bae's usage of late suggests he'll have a chance to lead off against righties, and he also remains in the lineup against southpaws while playing either second base or center field.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Takes seat Monday

    Bae is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Bae returned Friday from an extended stint on the injured list Friday and enjoyed a productive weekend in the Pirates' series with Minnesota. He started and served as the Bucs' leadoff hitter in all three contests, going 3-for-11 with two doubles, three walks, two runs and one RBI. Though he'll hit the bench Monday, Bae should have a relatively clear path to playing time at either second base or in center field for the rest of the season so long as health prevails.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: On base three times in return

    Bae went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Friday's loss to the Twins.

    Bae (ankle) returned to the lineup for the first time since July 1 and provided two hits for the punchless Bucs. When healthy, Bae has been a good source of speed with 20 steals. However, a slash line of .243/.307/.317 highlights the 24-year-old utility player's offensive limitations.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Returns from IL

    The Pirates reinstated Bae (ankle) from the injured list Friday.

    Bae landed on the injured list with a left ankle injury in early July and will now return to the Pirates' lineup after missing a month and a half. The 24-year-old was able to get his bat going during his assignment, going 9-for-32 with a home run over nine games with Triple-A Indianapolis. However, with a .609 OPS in the majors this season, there's no guarantee Bae's hot streak carries over into the bigs. Jared Triolo was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: In line for extended rehab

    Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Bae (ankle) will have an extended minor-league rehab assignment before being activated from the 10-day injured list, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Bae, who landed on the IL on July 2 with the left ankle injury, began his rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Indianapolis and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored while playing five innings at second base. Tomczyk noted that the Pirates want Bae to get time at multiple positions prior to rejoining the big club, so the 24-year-old might not be a candidate for activation until next weekend at the earliest. Even though he'll get exposure to multiple spots, second base might be where Bae ends up seeing his most playing time once he's reinstated. Fellow rookies Liover Peguero and Nick Gonzales have been seeing time at the keystone of late, but both have struggled to keep their strikeouts in check.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Begins rehab assignment

    Bae (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

    Bae has been on the shelf since July 2 and is now set to begin the final stage of his recovery process. The Pirates haven't specified how long they will keep Bae on assignment, but he figures to be ready to return during Pittsburgh's weekend series with the Brewers.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Will need rehab assignment

    Bae (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment by late July, MLB.com reports.

    Bae has been on the injured list since July 2 and has recently resumed taking ground balls and playing catch. He'll need a rehab assignment, which is expected to begin July 28 when the Pirates return from a road trip on the West Coast.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Lands on injured list

    Bae (ankle) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday.

    The 24-year-old went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run Saturday before being lifted with an apparent left ankle injury, per Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com, and he'll now be sidelined through at least the All-Star break. Rodolfo Castro and Tucupita Marcano are likely to be the main beneficiaries of playing time in Bae's absence.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Sitting Friday

    Bae isn't in the Pirates' lineup Friday against the Brewers

    The utility player is 0-for-25 across his last 10 games, forcing him to the bench against right-hander Freddy Peralta. In Bae's absence, Nick Gonzales will slide over to second base, and Tucupita Marcano will get the nod at shortstop.

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Back in lineup Thursday

    Bae will start at second base and bat seventh in Thursday's game against the Padres.

    Bae was on the bench for two of the Pirates' last four games and is slashing a miserable .150/.232/.167 thus far in June, putting his status as an everyday player on notice. If there's a saving grace for Bae, it's that fellow middle infielder Tucupita Marcano has performed similarly poor in June (.493 OPS), which has resulted in recent call-up Nick Gonzales entering the lineup in place of Marcano for three straight games. Even if Marcano is the odd man out of the three for the time being, Bae could eventually lose reps to Rodolfo Castro at the keystone if another recent call-up in Jared Triolo ends up serving as the primary replacement at third base for the injured Ke'Bryan Hayes (back).

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  • Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Sitting versus lefty

    Bae will sit Monday versus the Cubs.

    Bae will head to the bench as the Pirates square off with left-hander Drew Smyly on the mound Monday. Rodolfo Castro will take over at second base and bat sixth in the series opener with Chicago.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
Age: 24
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R