Preliminary major leaguer’ Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes) is receiving great attention from the local media ahead of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
On the 12th (hereafter Korean time), MLB.com prepared a corner titled ‘All-Classic Team selected ahead of the WBC tournament’ and announced the best players for each position. All-Stars were selected from 20 countries participating in the WBC.
Lee Jung-hoo was named along with Mike Trout (LA Angels, USA) and Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers, USA) in the three outfield spots. There are many outstanding outfielders such as Juan Soto, dubbed ’21st Century Ted Williams’, last year’s Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), and 2018 Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. (Venezuela), but MLB.com boldly chose Lee Jeong-hoo. It is acknowledged that the distribution by country was taken into account, but it is impossible to select just anyone.
Reporter Manny Landha, who wrote the article, said, ‘I can’t say Lee Jung-hoo is the best outfielder other than Trout and Betts in this WBC. However, he is definitely the most interesting player to keep an eye on in this tournament,’ he said. ‘A 24-year-old outfielder, he played in 142 games in the KBO last year, batting average of 0.349, on-base percentage of 0.421, slugging percentage of 0.575, and hitting 23 home runs to become the MVP. was selected’.
“The Heroes club said they would be happy to accept Lee Jung-hoo’s request for a posting procedure to advance to the major leagues after the 2203 season, so this WBC is an interesting stage because it is a stage where he can introduce himself to the wider baseball world.” It can’t be a promising player,’ he said.
If Lee Jung-hoo digests this season normally, he can fill 7 full-time seasons and advance overseas under the premise of the club’s consent. When Lee Jung-hoo asked the club on December 19 of last year, “I want to challenge the major leagues카지노사이트 after the next season,” Kiwoom officially announced that it would respect the request in January and February after internal discussions.
Then, on January 25, according to New York Post columnist John Heyman, Lee Jung-hoo hired Scott Boras as an agent and announced that he had completed all the preparations necessary to enter the major leagues.
With the local media’s interest in Lee Jung-hoo starting this offseason, his chances of success in the big leagues are predicted to be high. Fangraph, which specializes in major league statistical analysis, placed Lee Jeong-hoo at 5th in the international pro prospect rankings and praised him as “a hitter with more power and accuracy than strikeouts, and has the most beautiful swing in the world.”
Lee Jung-hoo is expected to step on American soil with the best treatment ever among KBO graduates. This means that it will far exceed the six-year, $36 million contract that Ryu Hyun-jin signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. Mataka Yoshida, who signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Boston Red Sox this winter, is the target of comparison. Lee Jung-hoo and Yoshida are equally left-handed outfielders, and their strength is accurate hitting, and they have a league batting record.
As mentioned by reporter Land Ha, this WBC is a great opportunity for Lee Jung-hoo to appeal to himself. As he has been evaluated as having the qualities to stand shoulder to shoulder with major league superstars Trout and Betts, it seems that each play in this WBC will draw attention.
On the other hand, Landha and reporters are catcher JT Realmuto (USA), first baseman Freddy Freeman (Canada), second baseman Jose Altuve (Venezuela), third baseman Manny Machado (Dominican Republic), shortstop Xander Bogatz (Netherlands), designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Dominican Republic), right-hander Sandy Alcantara (Dominican Republic), left-hander Julio Urias (Mexico), relief Edwin Diaz (Puerto Rico), and pitcher Shohei Ohtani (Japan) were selected as the best player by position.