48⅔ innings of ’77K’ with 7 4-balls…Jang Hyun-seok advances to the U.S. → Inevitably, the sound of ‘doo-taek-yeon’ will be heard.
‘Max Er’ declares his major league challenge. The Doosan Bears, the No. 2 overall pick, have less to worry about.
The 2024 KBO Rookie Draft will be held in September. Until last month, Max Er was Jang Hyun-seok of Masan Yongmago. A fastball in the mid-to-high 150s and a sharp changeup. He has a stable delivery and a lot of guts. Even when he exceeded 100 pitches, he threw a mid-150km fastball unwaveringly, drawing the admiration of many scouts.
He was expected to be drafted by the Hanwha Eagles, who hold the No. 1 overall pick, but he recently declared his intention to play in the major leagues and did not apply for the draft.
His prospects of signing with a major league club are bright. When Jang Hyun-seok pitched, several major league scouts moved closer to analyze him, and several clubs have already made specific offers.
Hanwha’s choice is likely to be the “biggest lefty” Hwang Jun-seo (Jang Chung-go). Hwang Jun-seo is known for his fastball, which can reach 150 kilometers per hour, and his reliable delivery. He also has the advantage of being a lefty.
Although he has shown some signs of fatigue in recent games, he could develop into a big-time pitcher if he is systematically managed in the pros.
The Doosan Bears, who are missing a strong “No. 1 and No. 2” player but have a second option, won’t have to worry too much.
Doosan was initially mulling over Hwang Jun-seo and Incheon’s Kim Taek-yeon. With Hwang Jun-seo’s decision to join Hanwha becoming more likely, the Bears’ interest in Kim increased.
At 1.84 meters and 88 kilograms, Kim has been called the next Go Woo-seok. He is said to have a 150-kilometer fastball 꽁머니.
Most importantly, he is recognized for his stable delivery and boldness in facing hitters.
This season, Kim struck out 77 batters in 48⅔ innings across 10 games. Scouts were even more impressed with his four-seamer, which he walked just seven times. While the strike zone in high school baseball is relatively wide, scouts believe that Kim can adapt to the professional strike zone.
Over the past three days, Kim has shown that his current focus is not misplaced. He pitched as the second pitcher in a game against Jang Ango at Shinwol Baseball Park in Seoul. After starter Park Sang-hyun pitched 4⅓ innings of one-run ball, Kim went 3⅔ innings, facing 12 batters and allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out seven. Although his fastball only reached the mid-140s, it was still a solid offering.
Jeon Mir (Gyeongbuk), Yuk Sun-yeop (Jangchung), Kim Hwi-gun (Whimun), and Cho Dae-hyun (Gangneung) are also among the favorites for the No. 1 pick.