Jung-Ho Kang Named a Finalist for NL Rookie of the Year

By Jason Shetler

Jung-Ho Kang p/c: Gene J. Puskar - AP

Jung-Ho Kang p/c: Gene J. Puskar – AP

The MLB Players Association has announced that Jung-Ho Kang is one of the three finalist for the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Award. Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Matt Duffy of the San Francisco Giants are the others. 

Kang was able to exceed all expectations this year after coming over from Korea with unknown projections. He played in 126 games for the Pirates where he batted .287 along with an .816 OPS and a 124 OPS+. His 4.0 WAR was the best mark of any Pirates rookie in the Expansion Era. For Kang to be named a finalist for NL Rookie of the Year is quite impressive when you consider how strong of a rookie class it was in 2015 with the likes of Joc Pederson, Kyle Schwarber, Noah Syndergaard, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. 

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