It appears as if there is essentially a done deal between the Braves and Jihwan Bae, an 18-year old Korean prospect.
Just hours before the KBO draft, the deal was announced. Per Braves beat reporter David O’ Brien, the projected first round pick will be one of the few Korean teens to skip playing in Korea and come straight to the U.S. for a signing bonus around $300,000.
Bae will join the next wave of shortstop prospects in the team’s rebuild, alongside Kevin Maitan and Derian Cruz. Jose Peraza was shipped out of town, Dansby Swanson is now a big leaguer, Ozzie Albies has made the move to second base permanently. This has been the position the Braves have been able to produce the most talent in recent history, and it extends way before the rebuild. Elvis Andrus and Andrelton Simmons, two premier players at the position in the big leagues, were developed in the Braves farm system.
The rich keep on getting richer as far as the farm system goes. Ozzie Albies just graduated from prospect status, but the team has been quick to restock the position. Either way, at the very least this guy will have a best-selling jersey if he ever hits the majors.