Sung-Bum Na eyeing move to majors for 2020

Baseball player Na Sung-Bum (16) of South Korea celebrates with his teammates after touched the home base during the men's semifinal game 14 against China at Munhak Baseball Stadium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on September 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Baseball player Na Sung-Bum (16) of South Korea celebrates with his teammates after touched the home base during the men's semifinal game 14 against China at Munhak Baseball Stadium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on September 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images) /
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Sung-Bum Na has aspirations of playing in the majors. He is making some moves in preparation of realizing his dreams for the 2020 campaign.

Over the past few years, the Korean Baseball Organization has become a viable place to find major league caliber talent. From Jung Ho Kang to former major leaguers like Eric Thames, the KBO has become a hot bed of talent. Seeing the success that some of those players have had in the majors, it is not a surprise that other veterans of the league would look to push themselves to make their move stateside as well.

One of the stars of the KBO, Sung-Bum Na, is making moves in preparation for his own potential shift to the majors. Eligible to be posted after the 2019 campaign, he has hired Scott Boras as his agent, and will be working out at Boras’ institute next month.

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A solid outfielder, Na had another strong year in 2018. He produced a .318/.381/.518 batting line, hitting 23 homers. Those numbers are close to in line with his career totals in the KBO, where over his six professional seasons, he has a .314/.381/.533 batting line with 141 home runs.

While those numbers, on the surface, are solid, the KBO is an offensive paradise. Na has produced good numbers, and had a stellar 2017 campaign, but slipped back a bit in 2018. For him to achieve his major league aspirations, Na may have to improve upon his 2018 campaign by a decent amount.

Working with Boras, and spending time in his institute, is a good step towards that goal. While it is not the same as going through a Major League offseason program, he does have a knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the majors. And, we certainly know that Boras will find Na’s strengths and play those up to any and all suitors.

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Sung-Bum Na is looking to make his move to the majors. He has already taken those first steps.