Na Sung-bum, who is widely considered the KBO’s best five-tool player, is starting to voice his desire to play in the MLB. According to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, he has openly stated that his two most likely destinations would either be the Blue Jays or Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, Sung-bum already has connections to the Brewers considering they signed his former KBO teammate, Eric Thames, just a few years ago. He has also stated that his favorite players are Eric Thames, for obvious reasons, and 2018 NL MVP, Christian Yelich. Na Sung-bum has repeatedly stated that he tries to model his game after the Brewers star right fielder.
From 2013 through 2018, Sung-bum was an absolute force in the KBO. He was a 6x All-Star and 2x KBO Gold Glove winner. In this span, he also hit .312 with an OPS of .907. He averaged 24 home runs per season, 33 doubles, 101 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. Sung-bum was really proving himself to be an extremely effective five-tool player but unfortunately, as he was on a fast track to the MLB, Sung-bum suffered a horrific knee injury that limited his playing time in 2019 and 2020. This knee injury made sure that MLB teams strayed far away from the KBO star.
However, even in limited playing time on a sort of rehab assignment, Sung-bum batted .338 with an OPS of 1.044 across 62 games throughout 2019 and 2020. He showcased that even at 30-years-old, a knee injury cannot slow him down.
Na Sung-bung would be a perfect fit in the Brewers system and as everybody knows, they have no issues going after players who have had success overseas. Sung-bum is a right fielder but he also has experience in center and now, with the universal DH, there would always be a spot for him in Milwaukee’s lineup. Sure, adding Sung-bum to an already crowded outfield might prove issues in terms of roster construction, but no team has ever lost a World Series because they have too much talent. If the Brewers signed the KBO’s best position player, they would be getting a bonafide five-tool player that Craig Counsell would have to find room for on the lineup card.