Go Woo-seok begins season in minor league Double A San Antonio

Go Woo-seok of the San Diego Padres

Go Woo-seok (25) starts the 2024 season in Double A of the American Professional Baseball Minor League.

The San Antonio Missions, a minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres, unveiled the opening roster (28 players) on the 3rd (Korean time).

Go Woo-seok, who was a member of the Triple A El Paso Chihuahuas on paper until the day before, changed his ‘affiliation’ to Double A on this day.

Double A opens on the 6th, Korean time.

Go Woo-seok, who began his professional career by being first drafted by the LG Twins of the Korean Professional Baseball League in 2017, signed a 2+1 year contract with San Diego for up to $9.4 million on January 4 this year.

The contract included the right to veto minor league relegation in 2025, but the right to veto cannot be exercised this season.

Go Woo-seok struggled in the Major League Baseball (MLB) exhibition games in his first year in the U.S. with 2 losses in 6 games and an ERA of 12.60 (5 innings, 11 hits, 9 runs, 7 earned runs).

San Diego excluded Go Woo-seok from the MLB opening roster (26 players) ahead of the official opening game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 20th of last month.

Go Woo-seok often took long-distance flights in a short period of time, such as going back and forth between Korea and the United States in January for a contract and physical examination, leaving for the United States in February to join spring camp, and returning to Korea in March to prepare for the Seoul Series. There was not enough time to train.

San Diego coach Mike Silt excluded Go Woo-seok from the MLB opening roster, saying, “Our bullpen strength is quite good. Comparatively, Go Woo-seok did not have enough time to prepare for the MLB opening game,” and added, “He will not be able to open the season in MLB, but this season.” “He will definitely help our team during the season,” he encouraged Go Woo-seok.

Go Woo-seok accepted the harsh reality, saying, “Everyone has their own circumstances. Other minor league players are also trying to enter the big league. I am also a professional player. I have to make sure I stick to my skills.”

Starting the season in Double A rather than Triple A doesn’t mean much.

There are many cases of players moving directly from Double A to MLB without going through Triple A.

There is only one player from the San Antonio club included in the MLB 40-man roster: Go Woo-seok.

Players on the 40-man roster are not bound by contractual relationships with MLB or minor league teams and can move up to MLB without document restrictions.

The San Antonio team uses Nelson W. Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, Texas as its home stadium.

Outfielder Jack Rex, who played for the Lotte Giants of the Korean Professional Baseball League, plays in San Antonio with Go Woo-seok. 스포츠토토

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