“I will nominate the Lotte Giants. Gyeongbuk High School pitcher and hitter Jeon Mir.”
Lotte general manager Seong Min-gyu selected Jeon Mir of Gyeongbuk High School as the third overall pick in the first round of the 2024 KBO rookie draft. The word to pay attention to was ‘pitcher and hitter’, not ‘Jeon Mir’. It was a scene where the Lotte team also made a decision with Jeon Mir’s ‘dual-dual’ growth potential in mind.
Jeon Mir played an active part as both a pitcher and a batsman in this year’s official competition. ‘Batter Jeon Mir’ played in 27 games this year and recorded a batting average of 0.346/28 hits/3 home runs/32 RBI/on-base percentage (0.513)/slugging percentage (0.519). ‘Pitcher Jeon Mir’ appeared in 18 games (67.2 innings) this year and recorded 5 wins, 1 loss, an ERA of 1.32, 54 strikeouts, 23 walks, and a WHIP of 0.85.스포츠토토
Jeon Mir, who left an impressive performance in both pitching and batting, was recently selected for the World Youth Baseball Championship held in Taiwan and helped the team win a bronze medal.
General Manager Seong Min-gyu evaluated Lee Do-ryu Jeon Mir’s high scores very highly. The Lotte team’s view is that the so-called ‘ceiling’ is an amazing player.
General Manager Seong said, “Jeon Mir is a player with outstanding athletic ability who can handle both throws and hits. He gave high marks to his excellent competitive spirit shown on the pitch. He plans to open career paths as a pitcher and designated hitter for now. He expressed great expectations, saying, “He said he was confident, so he will have to prove it himself.”
After being nominated by Lotte, Jeon Mir said, “I am truly honored to be nominated by Lotte, where my respected senior Choi Dong-won was. Although he is not as good as Choi Dong-won, I want to keep up with him at least halfway. If he gets the chance, he wants to throw and hit. “I am confident that wherever he goes, he will do his best and do well.”
Jeon Mir continued, “I had no idea I would be nominated so quickly as third overall. He wants to keep this moment forever because it is something he has dreamed of since long ago. “He was very excited when he heard the applause,” he said, nodding.
Jeon Mir also revealed who he would like to face on the professional stage as a pitcher and hitter. Jeon Mir said, “As a hitter, I would like to meet senior Won Tae-in, a senior at Gyeongbuk High School. He has a really good changeup and I would like to experience it once. As a pitcher, I will try to stick with my classmates from Gyeongbuk High School who went to the pros together. He smiled and said, “At school, people made fun of me and said, ‘Why can’t other batters hit your ball?’ and I want to compete properly once (laughter).”
The team senior Jeon Mir most wanted to learn from was Lotte closing pitcher Kim Won-joong. Jeon Mir said, “I will learn from senior Kim Won-joong the spirit and charisma of hitting opposing batters on the mound. He said, “I want to go and meet the team quickly.”
Jeon Mir also attracted attention by mentioning Lotte legend Choi Dong-won in his nomination speech. Jeon Mir said, “Regardless of his skills, I thought it was really cool to see him sacrifice for the benefit of his baseball colleagues and devote himself to the team. “I also want to become a great player who devotes all his passion and dedication to the baseball world and team anytime, anywhere,” he said emphatically.
Both the Lotte team and Jeonmir emphasized that this is not a common ‘dual-style ball check’ that has appeared since the era of Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels). It is curious whether Jeon Mir will show results that will change the paradigm of the KBO League with his true ‘dual-dual style’ performance.