2014 rookie draft. Yatap High School infielder Kim Ha-seong (28) was not evaluated as a top player at the time.
Among the pitchers nominated by all clubs in the first nomination, only Lim Byung-wook, an infielder at Deoksu High School, was nominated by the Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom). The candidate for the first NC nomination for the new club was Dongguk University infielder Kang Min-guk.
He was also not selected in the first round of the second nomination. Kang Han-wool, an infielder from Wonkwang University, was the only one nominated by the KIA.
In the KT special designation conducted after the first round, infielders Kim Byung-hee and Shim Woo-jun were nominated.
He was also rejected in the 2nd round. Samsung selected infielder Park Kye-beom from Hyocheon High School, SK selected Seongnam High School infielder Yoo Seo-jun, and Nexen selected Deoksu High School infielder Lim Ji-yeol.
Ha-seong Kim was nominated for the Nexen Heroes in the 29th place after being pushed to the third round.
However, at that time, Nexen coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop recognized rookie Kim Ha-seong from the cotyledon. He saw that he was a talented person with 5 tools, including ball, water, and power, and strong dog and power, so he actively employed him. 메이저놀이터
The eye was correct. Ha-seong Kim, who tasted pros in 60 games in his first year as a substitute, became the main player in 2015, the following year, with coach Yeom’s firm trust. He played 140 games and batted 2.9 with 19 home runs, 73 RBIs, 89 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases. It was an amazing performance that was hard to believe for a second year. Afterwards, before advancing to the major leagues in 2021, Ha-seong Kim recorded a double-digit home run for six consecutive seasons. In 2020, his final year, he hit 30 home runs.
Home run hitters, especially shortstops who hit home runs, are not easily born. He needs the tenacity to take failure.
It is expected that a home run shortstop who can succeed Kim Ha-seong will be born. NC Dinos 3rd year infielder Kim Joo-won (21) and Samsung Lions 2nd year infielder Lee Jae-hyun (20). The conditions to ripen are perfectly met.
In NC, Noh Jin-hyeok, who was a veteran shortstop, transferred to Lotte as a free agent. Although he saw third baseman last year, he is a veteran player who can always return to his original position, shortstop.
Kim Sang-soo, who was a longtime shortstop in Samsung, transferred to KT as a free agent. Kim Sang-soo, who successfully turned to second baseman in recent years after signing Lee Hak-joo in 2019, returned to his original position as shortstop after Park Jin-man took over as manager last year. After returning to his position, he moved to KT after showing good performances in ball and defense.
The absence of Noh Jin-hyeok and Kim Sang-soo. Kim Joo-won and Lee Jae-hyun’s sense of responsibility increased significantly. On the other hand, opportunities to participate steadily increased.
Sanghang, the edge of a cliff without a place to rely on, is quenching the winter of the two players hotly. Joo-Won Kim and Jae-Hyun Lee performed strongly from the finishing training. Kim Joo-won spent the fall focusing on offense and Lee Jae-hyun on defense. Both players plan to come back with the advantage of being a shortstop who can hit home runs through the spring camp.
Kim Joo-won, who was in his second season, played 96 games and recorded 10 homers and 47 RBIs with a batting average of 2.23. He appeared in 69 games and had 5 home runs and 16 RBIs in his rookie year. Amidst Gong Soo-ju’s even performance, Kim Joo-won took first place in the Beast High School last year. Kim Joo-won, who became a sure starter shortstop in two years, signed a 50% increase from 60 million won to 90 million won.
As a rookie last year, Lee Jae-hyeon showed off his slugger potential by recording 7 homers and 23 RBIs with a batting average of .235 in 75 games.
Two players who are candidates for the next generation national shortstop with one shot. Which of the two players will grow rapidly as the ‘second Kim Ha-seong’ first? It is the growth period of the shortstop duo that should be watched not only from the fans of both teams, but also from the future perspective of the KBO.