Choi Won-tae signing butterfly effect? LG without 1R, beastly first pick→minor career instant pitcher “as prepared”

The LG Twins, who gave up the right to nominate Choi Won-tae in the first round, completed the rookie draft with a fielder-oriented nomination strategy. Among the 10 players, there were four pitchers, two outfielders, three infielders, and one catcher, with a higher proportion of fielders.

LG selected a total of 10 players in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul on the 14th. On July 29, Choi Won-tae was recruited in a surprise trade with Kiwoom, and the first round nomination was handed over to the Kiwoom Heroes. As a result, LG was able to nominate only 10 players from the second round to the 11th round this year.

Strategic judgment was all the more important as the right to nominate in the first round disappeared and the nomination ranking was the eighth. LG used both the second and third rounds of the top two picks to fielders, not pitchers. In the second round, Incheon High School’s outfielder Kim Hyun-jong was named, and Dongwon University of Science and Technology’s U-Tuta infielder Son Yong-joon was named in the third round.안전놀이터

After completing the draft, scout team leader Baek Sung-jin said through the club, “We selected pitchers with excellent power or speed who can prepare for the future as soon as they have good physical conditions.” “I think it’s a satisfactory draft result as we prepared,” he said.

Second-rounder Kim Hyun-jong was born in 2004 and has 186cm tall and 85kg body conditions. He has a batting average of 0.412 with three home runs and 18 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 18 games this year. LG pinned its hopes on Kim Hyun-jong’s batting potential. Regarding Kim Hyun-jong, the scout team said, “He is a player who has a clear strength in offense. He explained, “He is a mid- to long-distance hitter and has a stable overall performance, including his defense range, batting judgment ability, and batting response speed.”

Third rounder Son Yong-joon was born in 2000 and weighs 178cm and 85kg. He batted 0.448 with four home runs and 20 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 21 college league games this year. The club said, “He is an infielder with good offense and has good contact skills and power. “He is a player who has a wide range of activities in defense and has a fast start with batting judgment,” he said. Son Yong-joon also has a history of resolving military service obligations while active.

Jin Woo-young, who was nominated in the fourth round, is currently a member of the independent Paju Challengers and has experience in the minor leagues. After graduating from a global advanced school, he joined the Kansas City Royals and returned to Korea. Born in 2001, he boasts a robust physique of 187cm tall and 97kg. The LG scout team said, “He is a player with excellent physical conditions and good power and elasticity. He explained, “He has stable control and heavy ball power, so he can play as an intermediate pitcher with power immediately in the future.”

▷5th round Kim Dae-won (Hong Ik University, infielder, right-handed)
Born in 2001, 172cm tall, 70kg weight
batting average of 0.435 home runs, 1 RBI, 7 stolen bases in 13 games in the 2023 season

“I’m small in size, but I have a good sense, quick focus, and the ability to play the game with active play. He has good contact skills, and he also complies with defense.”

▶6th round Jung Ji-heon (Korea University, Pitcher, Uttuuta)
Born in 2003, 183cm tall, 85kg weight
In 15 games in the 2023 season, 46 innings, 6 wins, 3 losses, and a 4.70 ERA

He is a fast pitcher who throws fast fastballs and has a strong tendency to be aggressive. have a good ability to hit a ball. He has the ability to manage the game and the know-how to deal with batters, and he is a player who can afford to play on the mound.”

▷7th round Bae Kang (Gwangju Ilgo, Catcher, Utuuta)
Born in 2005, 185cm tall, 95kg
batting average of 0.260 home runs and 3 RBIs in 23 games in 2023 season

“He is a good catcher with high-quality contact skills and power.”

▶8th round Kim Jong-woo (Whimoon High School, Pitcher, Utuuta)
Born in 2005, 187cm tall, 90kg weight
In 12 games in the 2023 season, 1 win, 1 loss, and a 3.32 ERA in 19.1 innings

“He’s a pitcher with good physical conditions and high release points, and he’s a strong player with a good ball end.”

▷9th round Kang Seok-hyun (In-warehouse, Pitcher, Left-handed, Left-handed)
Born in 2005, 185cm tall, 90kg weight
28 innings in 8 games in 2023 season 0 wins, 4 losses, and a 5.14 ERA

“He’s a pitcher with a good reception with a short arm swing. He has good control, and he has good defense and check skills.”

▶10th round Kim Do-yoon (Yatago, infielder, right-handed)
Born in 2005, 180cm tall, 71kg weight
batting average of 0.356 in 17 games in the 2023 season, one home run, one RBI, 12 stolen bases, 25

“The bat control is good, so the contact ability is excellent, and it has power. He has a good sense of base running and plays aggressive base running. He is an infielder who has skills in all three offense and defense beats and is highly valuable.”

▷11th round Shim Kyu-bin (Sungkyunkwan University, outfielder, right-handed left-handed batter)
Born in 2001, 181cm tall, 81kg weight
batting average of 0.352 home runs, 1 RBI, 10 stolen bases in 15 games in the 2023 season

“The advantage is that we have excellent contact skills and fast feet. He has a good range of defense, good batting judgment, and strong shoulders.”

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