Dodgers ink Korean teen Nam to minor league contract
June 18, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers have inked 18-year-old Korean infielder Nam Tae-hyeok to a minor league contract, making him the first Korean high schooler to be signed by the team.
Nam currently plays for Jemulpo High in Seoul. He batted .314 with 22 homers and 43 RBI in 65 games this season.
In 1994, the Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Park Chan-ho, who became the first Korean to make the major leagues.
Koreans Choi Hee-seop and right-hander Seo Jae-weong have also played for the team, which also recently signed Koreans Choi Hyang-nam and Lee Ji-mo to minor league contracts. AFP