It's time for another edition of Orioles101 Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and this week, with the seasons near the end for most of the Orioles affiliates, we thought we would focus on someone who has surprised us, and that player is Bowie Baysox outfielder Kyeong Kang.
The 26 year old, left handed outfielder has been quite a surprise in the Orioles organization this season. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Parkview High School in Lulburn, GA and he moved to the United States at the age of 14 from South Korea.
Baltimore signed Kang, who was a Minor League free agent, this past November and he seems to have found something with his new home as he struggled in the Rays organization the last four years.
Kang has quietly put together an impressive 2014 campaign with the Baysox, who are still battling for a wildcard berth in the Eastern League as he is hitting .283 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 96 games entering Friday.
Those numbers on their own are pretty impressive for any player, but if you look even deeper, you will see that he also has a .797 OPS with 21 doubles, three triples and 47 runs scored. When you add them all together, Kang has accrued 38 extra base hits.
Entering Friday's action, Kang has been a man on fire at the plate. From August 17 to August 28, he hit .289 with five home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored, which spans 38 at bats.
Over his career, Kang has posted a .269 average with 68 home runs, 306 RBI, 149 doubles, 38 triples, 37 stolen bases and has a .799 OPS in 722 career games. Kang also played for the World Team in the 2009 Future's Game while in the Rays organization.
With a strong finish to the 2014 season, Kang could find himself in a position to receive a Spring Training invite next season and could begin the year with the AAA Norfolk Tides as a left handed outfield bat with some power is something this organization has been looking for. He still has a ways to go before you would consider him a threat to show up in Baltimore, but if he continues to progress, it is certainly not out of the question.
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