Independent baseball in Korea is an opportunity for players who didn’t make the cut in the KBO or Futures leagues to develop their game and attempt to make their way into the big leagues. While there are a number of amateur leagues contested at various skill levels, the Korean Independent Baseball Association (KIBA) currently administers the two most competitive independent leagues in the Seoul and Gyeonggi regions: The Dream League (KDL) contested by Seoul Journeyman, Yeoncheon Miracle, Paju Challengers, and Uijeongbu Shinhan University; and the Gyeonggi Challenger Baseball League (GCBL) contested by the Goyang Winners, Yangju Revolution, Seongnam Blue Pandas, and the ISG Suwon Robots (A joint team formed from ISG Miracle and Suwon Robots players).
On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, former MBC Blue Dragons pitcher, Lee KwangKwon (이광권), and former Korea national youth coach, Choi JuHyun (최주현) will hold a tryout at Songdo LNG Baseball Stadium to assemble a new GCBL team, the Yongin Stealth. Lee confirmed via email that “We have five or six pitchers right now. Hitters with power, and catchers will be the most sought after team members, but we will be looking at players from all positions.”
When asked about the possiblity of Yongin following suit from the Seoul Journeyman’s recruitment of Cardinals AA pitcher, Ramon Ulacio, and Yankees AA shortstop, Francisco Rosario, and allowing foreign players to join the tryouts, Lee said “The thought of possibly recruiting foreign players hadn’t crossed my mind.” He did not rule out the possibility however, and encouraged all players wishing to attend the tryouts to send their resume, and a cover letter including a summary of their background, and playing career to firstname.lastname@example.org.