WATCH: Giants' Hwang crushes home run for first MLB hit, doesn't flip his bat
Jae-Gyun Hwang made his major-league debut Wednesday afternoon against Colorado
Korean third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang made his MLB debut for the Giants during Wednesday's win over the struggling Rockies. The Giants signed the 29-year-old over the winter, and he started the season in Triple-A, where he hit a solid .287/.333/.476 with seven home runs in 68 games. The Giants called him up to prevent him from becoming a free agent via an opt-out clause in his contract.
Hwang picked up his first MLB hit, and it was a big one. He swatted a go-ahead solo home run against Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland in the sixth. Hwang sat fastball in a 2-0 count, got it and unloaded.
Here's the video:
Notice the bat flip, or lack thereof. Hwang simply dropped his bat in front of the plate.. Extravagant bat flips are frowned upon in MLB, , so Hwang promised to scale back, and he did. Lame! Let the man flip his bat.
Anyway, Hwang's MLB debut is a big deal in Korea. The game is being broadcast there and plenty of fans are watching. Here's the Korean broadcast call of Hwang's dinger:
Hwang, by the way, hit .335/.394/.570 with 27 home runs for the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization last season. The Giants have the second-worst record in baseball this season, so contention is a long shot. They'll use the rest of the season to evaluate Hwang and determine whether he can be their starting third baseman.
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