A year ago, KBO hitters’ shock reversal Triple-A home run king ML call-up
A year ago, a foreign batter who was released in Korea with a batting average of 100 percent in 10 games was called up to the Major League Baseball. Taylor Motor, 32, who was kicked out of the Kiwoom Heroes early, returned to the Major League in his Colorado Rockies uniform.
Colorado called up the motor ahead of the away game against the Houston Astros on the 11th (Korea time). Outfielder Ramiel Tapia was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right big toe injury, where the motor was called. He was named in the starting lineup from the first day of the call-up as the eighth designated hitter.
Motor played 67 games in Triple-A this year, batting average of .335-ri 71 hits, 24 home runs, 57 RBIs, 49 walks, 49 strikeouts, and .460 slugging percentage.759 OPS 1.220. He truly bombed the Triple-A West League by ranking first in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS, second in on-base percentage, and tied for fourth in RBI.
Motor’s Major League call-up is surprising because he is a failed foreign player who was kicked out of Korea early with a batting average of 10. Last year, the motor, which signed with Kium at the lowest price among foreign players with a total of $350,000 in total, packed early with a poor OPS .335 with four hits, a batting average of 10.14 with one home run and three RBIs in 35 at-bats.
Even the third base defense seemed unstable, becoming the first foreign player to be released without even holding out a month of opening. It was also controversial when a girlfriend, who was married in fact, complained of inconvenience in the coronavirus 19 self-quarantine environment after entering Korea. Although he returned to the U.S., he wasted one season due to the coronavirus 19 shutdown.
Motor, who signed a minor league contract with Colorado in March this year and tried again, made a surprise comeback to the big league in three years. He was selected as the Triple-A West League Player of the Month by hitting a home run to Korean pitcher Yang Hyun-jong of Round Rock Express under the Texas Rangers on the 9th of last month.
Motor has played 141 games in his career for the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, and Minnesota Twins in the Major League between 2016 and 2018. Although he was a multi-infielder, he had a batting average of .191 with 10 homers, 37 RBIs and an OPS of .575, so his batting performance was insignificant and he failed to settle down. Attention is focusing on whether we can save the opportunity for the first time in three years.