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Free agent 3B Hwang Jae-gyun showcases skills in front of 20 MLB teams

All Headlines 13:52 November 22, 2016

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- Free agent South Korean third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun has showcased his skills in the United States as he eyes a Major League Baseball (MLB) contract.

U.S.-based agent Han Lee said that Hwang had a "good" showcase at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, on Monday (local time). The player left for the Sunshine State on Oct. 24.

Hwang displayed his skills for about 90 minutes in front of some 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) organizations, according to the IMG Academy. The 29-year-old performed the 60-yard dash, some defensive drills and batting practice.

Hwang, a 10-year veteran in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), has already drawn interest from the big leagues. Last week, the KBO said that the MLB requested status checks on six South Korean players, including Hwang.

Hwang enjoyed his most productive season ever in 2016. He batted .335/.394/.570 with 27 home runs and 113 RBIs for the Lotte Giants, all of them career highs. The infielder also cut down on his strikeouts, from 122 last year to just 66 this year.

The 2012 KBO All-Star Game MVP entered the posting process after the 2015 season, making himself available in a silent auction for major league teams. No club submitted a bid for him.

As an unrestricted free agent, Hwang doesn't have to go through posting this year.

In this photo provided by GSI, South Korean baseball player Hwang Jae-gyun hits balls during his showcase event for Major League Baseball teams at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, on Nov. 21, 2016. (Yonhap)

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