St. Louis Cardinals’ international free-agent signing Won-Bin Cho has a swing similar to Corey Seager, the Rangers’ $325 million superstar addition.
The St. Louis Cardinals had a tame offseason before the lockout, signing Steven Matz to a four-year deal, and re-signing T.J. McFarland while losing Luis Garcia to the San Diego Padres.
Matz, who signed a $44 million deal, solidified the Cardinals’ rotation and gives them the best group of starters the team has had in years. But Matz is not the offseason move that has fans buzzing most.
Meet Won-Bin Cho.
Cho, regarded as arguably the top Korean high school prospect, is a five-tool player with elite power. He was scouted heavily by assistant general manager Matt Slater, who has led the Cardinals’ advanced efforts to scout more internationally. While he’s not believed to be close to debuting in the majors, his tools jump off the screen. I mean, just look at this swing.
“Anybody else see Corey Seager in this swing?” Redbird Rants’ Kyle Jasper asked.
“I can see it, Seager’s stride is a little longer though,” Redbird Rants’ Dane Aerne-Moore opined.
I see bits of Seager in Cho’s swing, too, and I’ll make one thing clear: We’re not saying that Cho is the next Seager. But that his swing resembles any bit of Seager’s is incredibly promising for the Cardinals, with the star left-handed hitter signing a $325 million deal with the Texas Rangers this winter.
Cho, 17, appears to have more raw power, however, as he walloped 15 home runs in the Power Showcase home run derby in 2020. He withdrew from the KBO draft to make himself eligible for the international signing period and now, will be taking his talent – and his elite looking swing – to the Cardinals.