Newcomers who may dominate the future professional baseball stage have taken their first steps at the Samsung Lions.안전놀이터
Samsung held the 2024 KBO rookie draft at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on the 14th. According to the full draft method, which is conducted in reverse order of last year’s performance, Samsung selected 10 players with the 4th pick.
This draft allowed each club to nominate players from the 1st to 11th rounds, but some clubs, such as Samsung, had less selection rights than that. This is because the naming rights were transferred to another club during the trade process. During this season, Samsung traded the 3rd round pick and Won-Seok Lee to the Kiwoom Heroes and brought in Tae-Hoon Kim from the bullpen. This is why Samsung was only able to nominate 10 people.
The player Samsung selected in the first round was Jangchung High School’s right-handed fastball pitcher Yook Seon-yeop. Thanks to his good physique (height 190cm, weight 90kg), he throws fast balls and has good breaking ball skills. Samsung’s assessment is that he has good stamina and is sincere, so he has a high potential to grow into a starting pitcher.
After being nominated, Yook Seon-yeop said, “I am honored to join the prestigious Samsung Lions. I am grateful for the positive evaluation,” and added, “I will do my best to become a good pitcher who can become the center of the Samsung dynasty.”
Park Jun-yong was Samsung’s second-round pick. He is a right-handed pitcher who graduated from Suseong University after attending Gyeongbuk High School. His physique is 185cm tall and 92kg weight. He is evaluated as having stable ball control and good game management ability. Samsung also paid attention to the fact that his skills developed after entering college. Samsung plans to develop Park Jun-yong, who has good innings ability, into a starting pitcher.
Samsung, which transferred its third-round pick to Kiwoom, selected right-handed pitcher Jeong Min-seong from Gunsan Sangil High School in the fourth round. Jeong Min-seong, who is 183cm tall and weighs 90kg, throws heavy balls and has a high-quality slider. Samsung’s expectation is that if he makes good use of these strengths, he will likely grow into a bullpen member with strikeout ability.
In addition to these, 7 more people were called by Samsung. Pitcher Kim Seong-kyung (Songwon University), infielder Kim Ho-jin (Gwangju Promotion High School), pitcher Shin Gyeong-min (Daegu High School), infielder Lee Hyun-jun (Hanyang University), infielder Lee Jae-ho (Dongguk University), catcher Kim Jae-hyung (Deoksu High School), and infielder Yoo Byeon