An Chi-hong

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An Chi-Hong
Kia Tigers – No. 8
Born: (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 26)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
KBO debut
April 4, 2009, for the Kia Tigers
KBO statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average .281
RBI 134
Home runs 27
Career highlights and awards

An Chi-Hong (Hangul: 안치홍, Hanja: 安致弘) (born July 2, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean infielder who plays for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League. He bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

While attending Seoul High School in Seoul, An was considered one of the top shortstops in the Korean high school baseball league. As a sophomore, he drew national attention at the President's Cup National High School Baseball Championship held in April 2007, where his team finished runner-up and An won batting, home runs and RBI titles. In August 2007, he was selected for the South Korea national junior baseball team and participated in the Asian Junior Baseball Championship held in Taichung, Taiwan.

In 2008, An was selected for the South Korea national junior baseball team again to compete at the World Junior Baseball Championship, where they claimed their fifth tournament title. In the tourney, he batted .333 (10-for-30) with 8 RBIs and 8 runs, playing in all 8 games as a second and third baseman, and was named Best Defensive Player.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2007  Chinese Taipei Asian Junior Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg .111 BA (1-for-9)
2008  Canada World Junior Baseball Championship Gold medal icon.svg .333 BA (10-for-30), 8 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB
Best Defensive Player

Professional career[edit]

Drafted by the Kia Tigers in the 2nd round (1st pick, 9th overall) of the 2009 KBO Draft, An made his pro debut on April 4, 2009. On July 2, he became the fourth straight-from-high-school rookie to hit double digit home runs in KBO history, smacking two home runs against the Samsung Lions.

An was selected for the Best 10 of the 2009 KBO All-Star Game. He became the first rookie player to earn the All-Star Best 10 honors since Lee Byung-Kyu and Jin Kab-Yong in 1997. In the All-Star Game in Gwangju on July 25, A hit a two-run home run in the 5th inning, which made him the youngest ever to be named KBO All-Star Game MVP.

An finished his rookie season with a batting average of .235 (44th in the league) and 14 home runs. Although An was the only rookie player to be eligible for the batting title in the 2009 season, having 436 plate appearances in 123 games, he failed to make the Rookie of the Year title, losing out to saves champion Lee Yong-Chan of the Doosan Bears.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2009 All-Star Game MVP
  • 2011 Gold Glove second baseman.

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