Edman-Lefsner MLB cruising, WBC next?

Several Korean-American major leaguers who received attention through the World Baseball Classic (WBC) are reportedly cruising through the season.

First up on the watch list is St. Louis’ Tommy Edmon (Korean name: Kwak Hyun-soo), who made the final roster and has been a consistent starter since the start of the tournament, and is still performing well as an integral part of the team. While his last seven games have been a bit of a struggle, going 2-for-23, Edman is still batting .258 with six home runs, 21 RBIs, and eight doubles on the season. On pace for 30+ steals for the third straight year, Edmon currently leads the team in stolen bases.

However, with St. Louis currently in last place in the division, Edmon himself will have to overcome his recent slump.먹튀검증

Edmon wasn’t the only player on the Korean team’s watch list for the WBC. Among the batsmen was Robert Lefsnider (Korean name: Kim Jung-tae). At the time of the final selection, he had to withdraw from the WBC due to a combination of his wife’s birth and personal issues that hadn’t yet fully integrated him into the team. This season, he continues to occupy a spot in Boston, primarily as a backup.

But even as a backup, he’s been putting up Altoran-like numbers, making himself an integral part of the team. In his last seven games, he is 5-for-15 with a .333 batting average. His contributions to the team are significant, especially with a slugging percentage of over four per cent. He is currently 23-for-81 with one home run, 17 RBIs, a .284 batting average, and a .420 on-base percentage. As a result, the Red Sox signed him to an extension despite the fact that he is in the middle of the season. The deal is worth $1.8 million in 2024 and $2.5 million in 2025 with a club option. Last year, Lefsnider also posted a 0.393 OPS.

Their performances, along with those of Kim Ha-seong (San Diego) and Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh), have been heartwarming. It will be interesting to see if they receive their national anthems side by side at the next WBC.


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