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Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: To be on Opening Day roster
Bae has made the Pirates' Opening Day roster, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.
Bae is set for super-utility duties as a player who can back up second base, shortstop and center field. He has good speed but will need regular playing time to make it count, and that is difficult to project at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Getting looks in center
Bae started in center field in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Bae began spring training competing for the starting second base job and has been fairly unimpressive by posting a .244/.295/.268 line across 43 plate appearances in Grapefruit League action. However, both Mark Mathias and Rodolfo Castro have also struggled, leaving the division of playing time at the position ambiguous as we close in on Opening Day. Bae has played in center field and shortstop throughout his minor-league career, and that versatility could lead to him earning a roster spot out of camp.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Competing to start at second base
Bae is in a competition with Tucupita Marcano and Rodolfo Castro to begin the 2023 season as Pittsburgh's starting second baseman, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Bae is among the Pirates' better prospects, and he made his big-league debut across the last two weeks of the 2022 season. He was impressive in that span by posting a .333/.405/.424 line with three stolen bases across 37 plate appearances, though Castro had a strong second half of the campaign as well. Bae hasn't hit particularly well at the start of spring training, as he has only one hit in nine at-bats while striking out four times.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae: Sitting Monday
Bae is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
Bae has handled a near-everyday role since his call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sept. 23 and has picked up starts at three different positions. Though he's on the bench Monday, it wouldn't be surprising if he picked up starts in the Pirates' final two games of the season.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Two hits, steals bag
Bae went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base Sunday against the Cardinals.
Bae has started seven of nine games since being promoted for his major-league debut. He tallied his third stolen base Sunday and also has eight hits across 26 at-bats. Though Bae has yet to go yard, he has contributed across the box score by racking up three doubles, three runs scored and four RBI in his small sample in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Tallies second double
Bae went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored Tuesday against the Cubs.
Bae got a day off Monday, but he returned to the lineup Tuesday to hit ninth and play second base. Though he tallied two hits, he came around to score in the third inning after leading off the frame by being hit with a pitch. Bae has yet to tally his first career home run, but he does have two doubles and two steals across four starts.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Heads to bench Monday
Bae is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
Bae will take a seat after he started each of the final three games of the Pirates' weekend series against the Cubs while going 2-for-11 with a double, a walk, two RBI, a run and two stolen bases. Though Bae doesn't have a direct path to an everyday role at any one spot, his defensive versatility should help him see a decent amount of at-bats over the final week and a half of the season as he attempts to stake his claim to a full-time role in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Two steals in debut
Bae went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Cubs.
Bae reached base twice and stole second base each time, including in the bottom of the ninth after his first career MLB hit. The 23-year-old second baseman swiped 30 bags in 38 attempts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season, and he showed no signs of slowing down in his debut with the Pirates. Bae will look to use the last few weeks of the 2022 campaign to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster for 2023.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Promotion imminent
Bae is expected to have his contract selected by the Pirates on Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Bae has spent the entire season with Triple-A Indianapolis and has a .291/.364/.432 slash line with eight home runs, 53 RBI, 81 runs and 30 stolen bases in 108 games. The 23-year-old primarily played the middle infield spots at Triple-A but has also seen some time in the outfield, and he'll receive his first taste of the majors down the stretch for Pittsburgh.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Starting at second in debut
Bae had his contract selected by the Pirates and will start at second base and bat eighth Friday against the Cubs, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
The 23-year-old has been called up for his first taste of the majors and will make his debut Friday. Bae posted a .291/.364/.432 slash line with eight home runs, 53 RBI, 81 runs and 30 steals in 108 games at Triple-A this year, and he could see action at shortstop and in the outfield down the stretch, in addition to second base.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Reinstated from injured list
Bae (oblique) was reinstated from the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Bae sustained an oblique strain in late July and has been kept off the field since then. He's expected to be eased into action as the designated hitter, but he'll be available once again after slashing .300/.367/.453 with eight homers, 59 runs, 41 RBI and 20 stolen bases over 83 games to begin the year.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Nearing return to game action
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Bae (oblique) should return to action for Triple-A Indianapolis or a lower-level affiliate as part of a rehab assignment within the next few days, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Bae is on Indianapolis' 7-day injured list due to an oblique strain, which has kept him out of commission since July 24. The 23-year-old has picked up starts in both middle-infield spots as well as left field and center field this season, but he's expected to be eased back in as a designated hitter when he's formally activated from the IL. Before being shut down with the injury, Bae was slashing .300/.367/.453 with eight home runs and 20 steals in 358 plate appearances for Indianapolis.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Lands on injured list
Bae was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list due to an oblique issue Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Bae was pushing for a promotion to the big leagues while maintaining a .300/.367/.453 line across 358 plate appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis. The injury is unlucky timing and no timetable has been given for his return. Assuming he's not sidelined for too long, Bae could still make his way to Pittsburgh by the close of the season.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Reinstated from injured list
Bae (knee) was reinstated from the 7-day minor-league injured list Tuesday, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Bae was diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his knee after he was hurt in an outfield collision June 8. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomcyk anticipated a recovery timetable of 4-to-6 weeks, but the 21-year-old will be able to return slightly sooner than expected. Bae should be available at Double-A Altoona going forward.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Out 4-to-6 weeks with knee injury
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Bae will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his knee, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Double-A Altoona shut Bae down after he sustained the injury in a June 8 game. The Pirates are optimistic that the 21-year-old shortstop will be ready to return from Altoona's 7-day injured list before the end of the minor-league season, but he likely won't be available until mid-July at the earliest.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-hwan Bae: Lands on injured list
Bae (undisclosed) was placed on the 7-day injured list by Double-A Altoona on Wednesday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
The infield prospect left Tuesday's game after being injured in an outfield collision. It's unclear what exactly Bae is dealing with or how long he'll be sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-Hwan Bae: Reassigned to minor-league camp
Bae was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
Bae worked with the major-league coaching staff to begin spring training but wasn't in contention for a spot on the big-league roster given his lack of experience in the minors. The 21-year-old appeared in 11 Grapefruit League games this year and went 2-for-11 with two runs, one RBI, one walk and three strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-Hwan Bae: Joins taxi squad
The Pirates announced Sunday that Bae will be included as one of 19 players on the team's taxi squad for the 2020 season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Bae is one of several top prospects from the organization that will report to the Pirates' alternative training site at their Double-A facility in Altoona when teams resume workouts in July. While Bae's inclusion on the taxi squad and the Pirates' 60-man roster pool will make him eligible to join the big club in 2020, Pittsburgh is presumably more interested in overseeing his development in a team setting rather than rushing him to the majors. He spent the 2019 campaign at Low-A Greensboro, posting an .825 OPS and 31 stolen bases across 380 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ji-Hwan Bae: Handed 30-game suspension
Bae was suspended for 30 games without pay for violating the Minor League Baseball Player Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
This suspension stems from an incident that occurred in South Korea with Bae's girlfriend at the time. The 29-year-old shortstop will be eligible to return in mid-May.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 170 lbs|
|Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea|
|Bats/Throws: L, R|