Young-il Jung (정영일)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Gwangju Jinheung High School
Young-il Jung was the first South Korean to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was 0-1 in 3 games for the 2007 AZL Angels, allowing 10 hits and 6 walks in 9 innings but striking out 9; he had a 9.00 ERA. The KIA Tigers had taken him in the first round of the 2007 KBO draft but he opted to go to the US. He did not play in '08 and had Tommy John surgery. He was back on the hill with the 2009 AZL Angels, allowing one hit in two shutout innings, fanning three.
Jung was 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 games for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels, with 23 strikeouts and only 12 hits in 22 2/3 IP. He walked 22, though, and was released by the Angels. Returning to South Korea, he pitched for the Goyang Wonders in the Futures League in 2011-2013, then joined the Kagawa Olive Guyners in Japan's Shikoku Island League for part of 2013. The SK Wyverns took him in the 8th round of the 2014 KBO draft and he began his military service stint with the Sangmu Phoenix military baseball team in the Korean Futures League.
In the 2015 Asian Championship, Jung pitched two games for the champion South Korean national team. Relieving Jae-young Kim against China, he worked a scoreless 6th (1 K) to preserve a shutout (Won-jun Ko relieved). Against defending champ Japan, he relieved Chae-heung Choi in the top of the 7th with a 1-0 deficit, one on and one out. He allowed a single to Katsuya Kawashima but retired Masanobu Tanaka and Takuya Fujishima to escape further harm. In the 8th, he retired Kimio Watanabe but gave up hits to Yuichi Tabata and Toshiyuki Hayashi and was relieved by Jae-young Kim, who got out of that jam; South Korea needed both escapes as they won 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th.
Source: 2008 Angels Media Guide, Korean Wikipedia