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$1 Million on a 25-Year-Old Prospect with No ML Experience

 Hanwha Eagles signed a new foreign hitter, Jonathan Peraza (25). Although he is a player with no major league experience

he offered the highest amount that could be given to a foreign player trying out for the KBO League for the first time. 카지노사이트

On the 19th, Hanwha recruited a new foreign hitter, Peraza. It was announced that the contract size is a total of $1 million (about 1.2 billion won)

including $200,000 in down payment, $600,000 in annual salary, and $200,000 in options.

Although he has no big league experience, he appears to have appreciated his ability to produce strong hits at a young age of 25.

Hanwha said, “Peraza is a corner outfielder from Venezuela.

He is a right-handed switch hitter.

He is 175 cm tall and weighs 88 kg, and although he is small, he is a mid-to-long range hitter who produces strong batted balls based on his solid body and fast bat speed.

We also expect that his passionate play style will energize the young team atmosphere.”

Peraza was one of a number of international prospects signed by the Chicago Cubs, an American major league club, in 2015 when he was 17 years old.

Peraza signed a contract with the Cubs for $1.3 million (approximately 1.6 billion won) at the time, and his position was shortstop.

He is a player who can also play infield defense, but Hanwha plans to use him as a corner outfielder.

Peraza played seven seasons in the minor league from 2015 to last year.

He had a batting average of .272 (540 hits in 1988 at-bats), 67 home runs, 292 RBI, and an OPS of 0.811 in 533 career minor league games.

He was promoted from the minor league to Triple A, the highest level, but never made it to the big league.

In Triple A, he recorded a batting average of 0.284, slugging percentage of 0.534, 23 home runs, and IOS of 0.922 in 121 games.

In the 2023-2024 season, he was continuing his playing career in the Venezuela Winter League. In 19 games

he had a batting average of .206 (14-for-68), an OPS of .548, and no home runs and 7 RBIs.

Meanwhile, he signed a contract with Hanwha, providing an opportunity for a career turnaround.

With the signing of Peraza, Hanwha naturally confirmed its separation from existing foreign hitter Nick Williams (30). 

Hanwha invested $900,000 (about 1.1 billion won) at the beginning of the season

but released Brian O’Grady (31), who performed very poorly, and hired Williams as a replacement for $450,000 (about 500 million won).

Hanwha’s expectations were so high that upon seeing Williams’ batting for the first time, they were reminded of Eric Thames

the foreign hitter who led the NC Dinos’ hitting line in the past. However, contrary to the wishes, he had a hard time adapting to the KBO league. 

In 68 games, he failed to renew his contract with a batting average of 0.244 (63 hits in 258 at-bats), 9 home runs, 45 RBI, and an OPS of 0.678.

As Hanwha begins recruiting foreign players in earnest, it will also decide whether to renew the contracts of pitchers Felix Peña and Ricardo Sanchez. 

This season, Peña recorded 32 games, 11 wins, 11 losses, 177⅓ innings, and an ERA of 3.60, while Sanchez recorded 7 wins, 8 losses, 126 innings, and an ERA of 3.79 in 24 games.

Peña joined as a replacement last year and succeeded in renewing his contract this year, accumulating double-digit multipliers and fulfilling his duties as an ace

while Sanchez performed beyond expectations as a replacement for Burch Smith this year. 

It raises questions about whether they will trust the two pitchers more or whether they will look for new, better faces to renew the atmosphere of the team

which finished in 9th place again this year.

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