GCBL, Independent Baseball, 한국독립야구, Lee KwangKwon (이광권), Matthew Care, Tryout, Yongin Stealth

Lee KwangKwon On The Yongin Stealth Independent Team Tryout

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 lkk6187@naver.com.

Lee said that members of the media will be welcome to attend on Tuesday, but the Yongin Stealth logo, uniform, and team colours will likely not be confirmed until two or three days after the tryout. While the tryout and early training is scheduled to take place in Songdo LNG Stadium, the team is expected to confirm rights to use the Yongin Namsa (남사 시민 야구장), and MoHyeon (모현레스피아 야구장) baseball fields in the near future.

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