The contracts of players selected in the first round of the 2024 rookie draft are being announced one by one. Following Hanwha, Lotte and NC clubs announced rookie contracts.스포츠토토
On the 23rd, Hanwha announced that it had signed a contract with Hwang Jun-seo (Jangchung High School), the first overall pick, for 350 million won.
Hwang Jun-seo was selected by Hanwha as the first overall pick in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held on the 14th. Hanwha, which had the first overall pick for three consecutive years, acquired Hwang Jun-seo following Moon Dong-ju (2021) and Kim Seo-hyun (2022).
Hwang Jun-seo, the biggest high school left-hander, played in 15 games (49⅔ innings) this year with 6 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 2.16. At the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup (World Youth Baseball Championship) held in Taiwan in early September, he recorded 1 win, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 3.97 in 3 games (12⅓ innings).
Hwang Jun-seo’s contract fee was less than Moon Dong-ju (500 million won) and Kim Seo-hyun (500 million won), the 160 km fastball right-handed fireballers previously selected by Hanwha as the first overall pick.
Lotte announced on the 27th that it signed a contract with Jeon Mir (Gyeongbuk High School), who was selected third in the first round, for 300 million won.
Jeon Mir, who is famous for his two-batting ability, recorded 5 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 1.32 in 18 games (67⅔ innings) as a pitcher this year, and as a batter in 27 games, he had a batting average of .346 (28 hits in 81 at-bats), 3 home runs, 32 RBIs, and 22 runs. He recorded 2 stolen bases and an OPS of 1.032.
He dreams of a two-hit dual sword style like Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels). Jeon Mir said, “If the club assigns me a position, I have no choice but to do so. However, if given the opportunity, I would like to play both a pitcher and a hitter,” he said, expressing his willingness to double as a pitcher.
With the first overall draft pick contracting for 350 million won and the third overall draft contract for 300 million won, attention is being paid to how much the contract deposit for Kim Taek-yeon (Incheon High School), who was selected by Doosan as the second pick, will be.
At the time of the draft, Doosan showed great care by preparing Doosan uniforms with Kim Taek-yeon’s name on them in advance. Although he had the second-best nomination, he was able to do so because he was confident in Kim Taek-yeon’s nomination.
Kim Taek-yeon achieved outstanding results this year with 7 wins, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 1.13 in 13 games (64 ⅓ innings), and he participated in the U-18 Baseball World Cup as a member of the national team and played an outstanding role with 2 wins in 6 games (16 innings) and an ERA of 0.88, leading Korea to a bronze medal. led.
During the tournament, Taek-yeon Kim started as a starter in the 3rd and 4th place match against the United States despite controversy over overuse in 5 consecutive pitches, and showed off his power with a complete shutout win with 2 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings.
Doosan said of Kim Taek-yeon, “From the spring to the Taiwan Youth Tournament, he showed consistent injury-free control, good control, and maintaining velocity. We expect him to grow into a stopper within two to three years at the earliest.”
Right-handed pitcher Kim Hwi-gun, who was selected by NC as the 5th pick in the first round, signed a contract with the team for a down payment of 250 million won. Kim Hwi-geon, who has a sturdy physique of 191cm and 105kg, has a fastball speed of up to 153km and recorded 2 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 2.12 (8 earned runs in 34 innings) in 9 games this year with 48 strikeouts.
After being selected by NC in the draft, Kim Hwigeon said, “I was born in Changwon and started playing baseball in Changwon. When I was young, I dreamed of becoming a baseball player while watching NC. I will return the love NC gave me 1000 times. NC. He attracted attention with his impressive ambition: “I will sacrifice my right arm for you.”