Eui-ji Yang

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Eui-ji Yang (양의지)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 192 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Eui-ji Yang has been a top South Korean catcher.

He was a sixth-round pick of the Doosan Bears in the 2006 KBO draft. He played in three games for the 2007 Bears, going 0 for 1. He was a DH/C for South Korea in the 2009 Baseball World Cup, batting .167/.333/.208. He hit .267/.348/.471 with 20 homers for Doosan in 2010 to take KBO Rookie of the Year honors, the fourth straight Bear so honored. He improved his average in 2011 but his power plummeted to 4 homers - he batted .301/.375/.386. In 2012, he hit .279/.361/.387. He slumped to .248/.338/.376 in 2013.

The Gwangju native rebounded in 2014 and was hitting .294/.360/.480 before his season ended a bit early due to a finger injury. He won the KBO Gold Glove as the top overall catcher in the KBO. With offensive levels on the rise, his 2015 batting line was .326/.405/.523. He had 27 doubles, 20 homers (the first time he had hit more than 10 since his rookie year) and 93 RBI. He led the league with 24 times hit by pitch. He just missed the top 10 in average; his .3258 was .0004 behind Hyun-soo Kim, both of whom rounded to .326. He was 15th in OPS. He repeated as Gold Glove winner. Doosan won the 2015 Korean Series.

In the 2015 Premier 12, he backed up Min-ho Kang as the catcher for South Korea, going 3 for 13 with two walks, two runs and two RBI; he homered off Cuba's Jonder Martinez. He had 35 putouts and one assist while allowing two steals in two tries. He got the start in the Gold Medal game, going 0 for 4 as South Korea beat Team USA for the first Premier 12 title. He remained steady in 2016 at .306/.393/.550 (repeating as Gold Glove winner again) then hit .438 in the 2016 Korean Series including a homer off Zach Stewart to start a game 4 rout of the NC Dinos as the Bears pulled off a sweep. He was named Korean Series MVP, the second catcher so honored, following Chae-keun Jang in 1991.