‘Hitting 4 Crowns + MVP’ KBO League Bombed Foreigner, ‘Chinjung’ KT Returns…”We’re Talking”

The KBO’s reigning MVP is coming back.

“Mel Rojas Jr. is close to reaching an agreement with the KT Wiz of the KBO, according to a source,” MLB Insider Mike Rodriguez wrote on social media on June 6 (ET).

KT parted ways with foreign hitter Anthony Alford at the end of this season. The KBO announced the list of suspended players on March 30. Alford was removed from KT’s disabled list and left the team.

Alford joined KT in the middle of last season as a replacement for Henry Ramos and hit .286 with 14 home runs, 50 RBIs, 48 runs scored and a .871 OPS in 80 games. He then re-signed with KT. This season, he was just as good, hitting .289 with 15 homers, 70 RBIs, 83 runs scored, and a .812 OPS in 133 games.

However, he had a disappointing postseason. In the playoffs against the NC Dinos, he hit .143 OPS with two doubles, one home run, one RBI, and two runs scored, and in the Korean Series against the LG Twins, he struggled, hitting .125 OPS with two doubles, two runs scored, and a .410 OPS. He also looked shaky on defense and was eventually released by KT.

One of the leading candidates to replace Alford in KT’s lineup next season is Rojas. Rojas already has experience playing in the KBO and with KT, so he shouldn’t have too many adjustment issues.

Rojas first donned a KT uniform in the 2017 season and had a tremendous four-season career. In his rookie season, he hit .302 with 18 home runs, 56 RBIs, 52 runs scored, and a .911 OPS in 83 games.

He followed that up in 2018 by playing in all 144 games, hitting .305 with 172 hits, 43 home runs, 114 RBIs, 114 runs scored, and a .979 OPS. In 2019, he followed that up with 167 hits, 24 home runs, 104 RBI, 68 runs scored, and a .321 OPS of .905.

Rojas blossomed in 2019. In 142 games, he hit 192 doubles, 47 home runs, 135 RBIs, 116 runs scored, and a .349 OPS of 1.097. He led the league in home runs, RBIs, runs scored, and slugging percentage (0.680) and won four batting titles. Most notably, he became the first switch-hitter to lead the KBO in home runs. Rojas was also named the season MVP. 보스토토

Rojas then set his sights on Japan. He signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball. However, it went downhill from there. In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed his arrival in Japan and he started the season late. He didn’t get a single hit in his first 20 at-bats. He ended his first season with 41 hits in 60 games, eight home runs, 21 RBIs, 18 runs scored, and a .217 OPS and .663 slugging percentage.

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