Hwang Jun-seo of Jangchung High School, 1st Place in The Draft, Goes to Hanwha
Hanwha nominated Hwang Joon-seo as the No. 1 overall player in the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 14th. Hwang Joon-seo is a 187cm 80kg left-handed pitcher who played 49⅔ innings in 15 games in high school baseball this year with 6 wins, 2 losses and a 2.16 ERA.
Hwang Joon-seo, who had already been expected to be the biggest player in the rookie draft along with Jang Hyun-seok Yongma High School since last year when he was in his second year, emerged as the No. 1 candidate as Jang Hyun-seok signed with the LA Dodgers with his declaration of entry into the U.S. 토토사이트 And as expected, it was called first.
Left-hander Hwang Joon-seo, who throws a fastball of up to 150 kilometers per hour, joined the national team at the recent World Baseball Softball Confederation U18 Baseball World Cup and recorded one win, two losses, and a 3.97 ERA in three games 12⅓ innings.
Son Hyuk, head of Hanwha, who called Hwang Joon-seo, said, He is a pitcher recommended by scouts throughout the year. I think it’s a pitcher everyone wants, he said. I chose it because it’s a pitcher that will be better in the future.
Hwang Joon-seo, who took the podium, said, I’m still happy to the point where I can’t believe it and my hands and feet tremble, adding, I’m grateful to my parents for taking good care of me for eight years. I will always do my best and try to be a necessary player for the team, he said.
As a result, Hanwha succeeded in recruiting pitchers who have been considered the biggest fish for the past three years. Hanwha nominated Moon Dong-joo as the first pick in 2021 and Park Joon-young as the first overall pick in the second round, and Kim Seo-hyun as the first overall pick last year, which was changed to the full draft.
In addition, Hwang Joon-seo, the biggest left-handed player, will be held in his arms in this draft to balance the left and right. Kim Taek-yeon pitched 64⅓ innings in 13 high school league games this year, recording 7 wins, 1 loss, and a 1.13 ERA. It is evaluated that he can play as an immediate power” bullpen right away with a sense of stability and a fastball of up to 150 kilometers per hour.
He also played as a national ace at the recently ended U18 Baseball World Cup. Although he threw 247 pitches for eight days in five consecutive pitches, he proved his skills by taking charge of South Korea’s bronze medal without wavering.
Doosan has already prepared a uniform with Kim Taek-yeon’s name on it and welcomed Kim Taek-yeon. Kim Tae-ryong, head of Doosan, said, I saw several players, but I highly appreciated that they played steadily.
I’m honored to be selected by the club I’ve dreamed of since I was young, Kim Taek-yeon said. “I still have a lot to learn, but I’ll try to grow as soon as possible and throw the ball on the Jamsil mound.
The third-ranked Lotte Giants held Jeon Mir Gyeongbuk High School, who has the potential to both pitch and hit. The Samsung Lions named Jangchung High School pitcher Yuk Sun-yeop as the fourth place in the first round, and the NC Dinos named Whimoon High School pitcher Kim Hwi-gun as the fifth place.
The sixth-ranked KIA Tigers in the first round recruited Gangneung High School pitcher Cho Dae-hyun, and the seventh-ranked KT Wiz recruited Busan High School pitcher Won Sang-hyun. The Kiwoom Heroes named Seoul High School pitcher Jeon Joon-pyo as the eighth-ranked pick in the first round through a trade with the LG Twins. Jangchung High School’s Kim Yoon-ha was originally selected as the ninth place for their nomination.
Last year’s winner, SSG Landers, named three commercial shortstop Park Ji-hwan. He is the only fielder among the 10 players called in the first round.