Oh Ji-hwan

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Oh.
Oh Ji-hwan
Oh Ji-Hwan.jpg
LG Twins – No. 2
Born: (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 25)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
KBO debut
September 12, 2009, for the LG Twins
KBO statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average .230
RBI 77
Home runs 15
Career highlights and awards
Oh Ji-hwan
Hangul 오지환
Hanja 吳志煥
Revised Romanization O Jihwan
McCune–Reischauer O Chihwan

Oh Ji-hwan (Hangul: 오지환, Hanja: 吳志煥; born March 12, 1990 in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do) is a South Korean shortstop who plays for the LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

While attending Kyunggi High School in Seoul, Oh was considered one of the top shortstop prospects in the Korean high school baseball league along with An Chi-hong. Oh was also a power pitcher who occupied the No. 1 spot in the starting rotation of his team.

In 2008, he was selected for the South Korea national junior baseball team to compete at the World Junior Baseball Championship, where they claimed their fifth tournament title. Oh played in all eight games for the team as an infielder, designated hitter and relief pitcher, and was named to the All-Star tournament team as a designated hitter.

Notable international careers[edit]

 Year  Venue Competition  Team  Individual Note
2008   Canada   World Junior Baseball Championship  Gold medal icon.svg  .393 BA (11-for-28), 9 RBI, 8 R, 5 SB, 5 BB 
1-0; 6.75 ERA (1 G, 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 K)
All-Star (DH)

Professional career[edit]

Oh was drafted by the LG Twins in the first round of the 2009 KBO Draft and made his pro debut on September 12, 2009. He had one at-bat as a pinch hitter in that game, striking out swinging to SK Wyverns pitcher Gary Glover in the top of the seventh inning. He appeared in only five games with the Twins in 2009, getting one hit and striking out five times in nine at-bats.

On March 27, 2010, Oh hit his first professional league home run off Yoon Sung-hwan in the 2010 KBO Opening Day game, going 2-for-4 and driving in three runs in a 7-5 win over the Samsung Lions. During the 2010 season, Oh was impressive enough to earn the starting shortstop job for the Twins over another candidates. He led the league in strikeouts with 137 but drove in 61 runs, the most in team history by a shortstop for a single season, and hit 13 home runs, the most among the starting shortstops in the league. After the 2010 season, Oh was selected for the South Korea national baseball team to compete in the Intercontinental Cup held in Taichung.

Notable international careers[edit]

 Year  Venue Competition  Team   Individual Note 
2010   Chinese Taipei   Intercontinental Cup  6th  .250 (6-for-24), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R 

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