The Best Korean Baseball Players Of 2023



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In 1994 Chan Ho Park became the first Korean Baseball player to enter the league and helped redefine and establish Korean representation in the MLB. Many still consider Park to be one of the best Korean baseball players of all time, as he has helped inspire nearly everyone on this list and all of the Korean Baseball Organization to aspire to not only be one of the best leagues in the world but establish Korean baseball players as some of the best there have ever been. While there may not be a glut of Korean talent in the league right now, there are still some truly remarkable players, which raises the question, who is the best Korean baseball player of 2023?

Players like Hyun-jin Ryu and Ha-seong Kim dominated the KBO and have come to the MLB to show the world that they are just as good as anyone in the Major Leagues, while players like Hoy Park and Ji Hwan Bae are the brightest and best young Korean baseball players there are. While there may not be a litany of Korean Baseball players in the league currently, these incredible players are an inspiration to many Korean MLB fans that with hard work, dedication, and skill, anyone can become a player in the Major League.

Vote up the best Korean Baseball Players of 2023, and be sure to check out the Best Korean MLB Players Of All Time and Famous Athletes from South Korea to further delve into the world of Korean sports.

  • Hyun-jin Ryu
    Photo: Toronto Blue Jays / Instagram
    7 votes

    Hyun-jin Ryu

    MLB Achievements
    All-Star (2019)
    2× All-MLB Second Team (2019, 2020)
    MLB ERA leader (2019)

    KBO Achievements
     Korean Triple Crown (2006)
    7× KBO All-Star (2006–2012)
    KBO MVP (2006)
    KBO Rookie of the Year (2006)
    2× KBO Golden Glove Award (2006, 2010)
    5× KBO strikeout champion (2006–2007, 2009–2010, 2012)
    2× KBO ERA champion (2006, 2010)

    Years Active: 18 Years

    • Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea
    • Team: Toronto Blue Jays
    • Position: Pitcher
  • Ha-seong Kim
    Photo: @MLB / Twitter
    7 votes

    KBO Achievements
    3x KBO League Golden Glove Award (2018–2020)

    Years Active: 10 Years

    • Team: San Diego Padres
    • Position: Shortstop
  • Ji-Man Choi
    Photo: @ji_man_choi / Instagram
    5 votes

    Ji-Man Choi

    MLB Achievements

    Years Active: 8 Years

    • Birthplace: South Korea
    • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Position: First baseman, Outfielder
  • Ji Hwan Bae
    Photo: @bae_ji_hwan / Instagram
    7 votes

    Ji Hwan Bae

    MLB Achievements

    Years Active: 2 Years

    • Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
  • Hoy Park
    Photo: Pittsburgh Pirates / Instagram
    4 votes

    MLB Achievements

    Years Active: 3 Years

    • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Position: Infielder
  • Robert Refsnyder
    Photo: Minda Haas Kuhlmann / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    2 votes

    Robert Refsnyder

    MLB Achievements

    Years Active: 9 Years

    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Team: Boston Red Sox
    • Position: Outfielder, Second baseman