Sung-woo Kang

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Sung-woo Kang (강성우)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 176 lb.

Sung-woo Kang caught for 14 years in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kang played for the South Korean national team while in college. In the 1990 Baseball World Cup, he hit .321/.355/.393 as the starting catcher, scoring six runs in eight games. He batted .333/.385/.417 in the 1991 Intercontinental Cup and threw out 3 of 7 attempted base-stealers.

Kang began his professional career with the 1992 Lotte Giants and hit .303/~.364/.398 in 94 games; surprisingly, he would never have that good a season again. He batted .195/~.241/.242 in 62 contests in 1993 and rebounded to .286/~.315/.360 in 76 games in '94. Sung-woo hit .222/~.268/.259 in 75 games in 1995 and .221/~.307/.310 in 73 games the next season. The veteran batted .199/~.247/.222 in 79 games in 1997, then in 1998 he hit only .158/~.200/.203 in 73 contests. In 1999, he bounced back up to a batting line of .283/~.308/.340. At age 30, Kang hit .192/~.241/.192 in just 51 games. He moved to the SK Wyverns for 2001 and batted .160/~.225/.197 in 110 contests. In '02, he hit .216/~.233/.239 for SK, followed by .264/~.316/.283 in 39 games. In 2004, Kang went 4 for 25 with two walks. In '05, he concluded his playing career by going 5 for 18 with four doubles.

Overall, Kang hit .228/~.276/.281 in 958 games in the KBO.

After retiring as a player, Kang became a coach with the Samsung Lions. He was named to the coaching staff for South Korea in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Primary Sources: Defunct IBAF site, KBO Player Page, Korean Wikipedia