Dodgers Sign Young Korean Infielder

The Dodgers signed 18-year-old Korean infielder Tae-hyeok Nam to a minor league contract. Nam becomes the first Korean high school player signed by the Dodgers. Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White made the announcement.

          "Nam is strong physically with good power and well above average speed for his age," said White. "With the help of our player development staff, I'm confident that he will become a fine player."

  The corner infielder stands 6'1" and 200 lbs. He currently plays at Jemulpo High School in Seoul, Korea and batted .314 with 22 homers and 43 RBI in 65 games this season.     

  "I've been watching him throughout his high school years and believe that his excellent work ethic will push him up to the big leagues," said Dodgers' scouting supervisor in Korea, Byung-Hwan An.  

  "I grew up watching Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers are my favorite team", said Nam, who turned 18 in March. "I am very excited to be a Dodger and I can't wait to play in a Dodger uniform."      

   In 1994, the Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Chan Ho Park, who was the first Korean to make the Major Leagues. In 2004, the club acquired first baseman Hee-seop Choi, who hit three home runs in a game in 2005. Right-hander Jae Weong Seo pitched for the club in 2006 and recently the Dodgers have signed two Koreans to minor league deals, Hyang-nam Choi and Ji-Mo Lee.     

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories