PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Korean baseball reporter Jeeho Yoo joined the Starkey and Mueller Show with Joe Starkey and Rob Rossi about Jung-ho Kang’s comments that he can supplant Jordy Mercer as the teams starting shortstop.

Yoo told us that Kang did say he could put up better numbers than Jordy Mercer’s last year if he gets the chance to play on a consistent basis.

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According to Yoo, Kang “didn’t have any idea his words would cause this much controversy in Pittsburgh,” and that “I wouldn’t call him a cocky man but he has this quiet confidence about himself.”

Discussing what Kang could do on the field for the Pirates as he hit for a .356 average and 40 home runs, Yoo told us about Kang’s big leg kick at the plate that he doesn’t intend on changing.

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“Some scouts have told me that they have some qualms about the leg kick, that he might be vulnerable to offspeed pitches in the majors, but I don’t think he’s going to change his approach. Maybe he might be forced to once he starts playing on a more regular basis and maybe once he realizes that, he’s going to have to change something. For the time being, he’s pretty insistent that he’s not going to change his style.

Click the audio link below to hear more from Yoo on the newest Pittsburgh Pirate.

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