The competitive composition of the new faces of the KIA Tigers and Hanwha Eagles 1st and 2nd year is expected to revitalize the KBO League in the 2023 season.
At this time last year, the most noteworthy rookie players were KIA infielder Kim Do-young and Hanwha right-hander Moon Dong-ju. 카지노 The two players who played at high schools in the Gwangju area competed for KIA’s nomination in the first rookie nomination in 2022. While acknowledging Moon Dong-joo’s talent for throwing fastballs in the mid-150 km/h range, the KIA highly valued the rare value of Kim Do-young, who was widely recognized for his ball, defense, and run potential and was expected to be the ‘second Lee Jong-beom’. Moon Dong-ju was embraced by Hanwha, who exercised the national nomination right. According to the KBO League regulations, teams ranked 8th to 10th in the previous year were able to make the first nomination regardless of their hometown within one week of the first nomination date.
The rookie king of the 2022 season, which seemed to be a competition between the two players, went to second-hand rookie pitcher Cheol-won Jeong. Kim Do-young predicted a blast by rising to the top batting average in the demonstration game, but was pushed to the bench with a batting average of 10% in the first month of the opening (March-April). He served as a backup infielder for the first team, but did not perform well enough to challenge for rookie of the year. Moon Dong-ju was unable to show his full potential due to an injury. He recorded 1 win, 3 losses and 2 holds in 13 matches.
The confrontation between the two players is likely to spark the 2023 season. Moon Dong-ju scored his first win in his debut, scoring 3 earned runs in 5 innings against SSG Landers on October 3, the last appearance of the 2022 season. Even in the ongoing Arizona spring camp, he is showing his growth and good condition. Kim Do-young also went through trial and error to adapt to his professional stage. Compete for the 2023 season KIA main third baseman. Coach Kim Jong-guk picked Kim Do-young as the key player for the KIA that is aiming for a championship.
Players from KIA and Hanwha are also attracting attention in the battle of pride among new players. This is the story of right-handed fireballer Kim Seo-hyeon (Hanwha) and left-handed skilled player Yun Young-cheol (KIA). The two teams, which were ranked 9th and 10th in the 2021 season, each picked two players in the 2022 rookie draft held under the full draft system. When Deoksu High School graduate Shim Jun-seok (Pittsburgh Pirates), the best prospect, declared a challenge on the American stage, Hanwha, which had the first pick, chose Kim Seo-hyun.
At the beginning of spring camp, the joys and sorrows of the two players were mixed. Kim Seo-hyun was criticized for posting an article on non-account social media (SNS) criticizing fans and coaching staff. He bowed his head and apologized. Yun Young-cheol, who is smoothly digesting the first team camp, is well-received among the KIA coaching staff. He is a candidate for the KIA 5th selection.
Yoon Young-chul did not hide his competitive spirit toward Kim Seo-hyun. Kim Seo-hyun’s homework is to overcome the cold gaze caused by the self-inflicted controversy. The battle of pride between the two players is the Rookie of the Year competition. Moon Dong-ju, who blocked 28 and 2/3 innings last season, can also be nominated for the Rookie of the Year award. Both KIA, which is aiming for a leap forward, and Hanwha, which is aiming for reconstruction, desperately need the performance of the young gun duo.