The 5th year Jeong Cheol-won changed the game… ‘2nd year’ Rookie of the Year candidates who started tempering at the 1st team camp
Attention is focusing on whether the second-year prospects on the first team spring camp roster this year will be able to rekindle the Rookie of the Year competition again following last year’s Jeong Cheol-won (24, Doosan Bears). There are many high school graduates who are aiming to enter the first team this year as well. Seohyun Kim (Hanwha Eagles), who was nominated in the first round, Youngchul Yoon (KIA Tigers), Youngwoo Shin (NC Dinos), Rowoon Lee (SSG Landers), Kunhee Kim (Kiwoom Heroes), Hoseong Lee (Samsung Lions), Jeongwoon Kim (KT Wiz) Pitcher Lee Sang) and Kim Min-seok (Lotte Giants, infielder) and several other high school graduates are being checked for their skills at the 1st team camp.
All 10 clubs expect a lot from high school graduates. Expectations are also revealed in the size of the contract. Hanwha gave Kim Seo-hyun the highest down payment of 500 million won among rookies this year. It is the same amount as Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha, 500 million won), which was evaluated as the pitcher’s biggest pitcher among newcomers in 2022. KIA signed a contract with Yoon Young-cheol for 320 million won. 20 million won more than Rookie Lee Eui-ri in 2021.
However, last year’s high school graduates did not stand out. Initially, the candidates for the Rookie of the Year competition were narrowed down to Kim Do-young (KIA) and Moon Dong-ju, and although it was clear that they showed potential for growth, they failed to produce outstanding results. Kim Do-young recorded a batting average of 0.237, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 103 games. Moon Dong-ju appeared in 13 games and posted 1 win, 3 losses, 2 holds, and an ERA of 5.65. 슬롯사이트
In fact, most of the candidates for the rookie award were ‘N-year’ players. Last year, Jeong Cheol-won was in his 5th year as a pro after joining the team in 2018, and Kim In-hwan (Hanwha), who leaped to the starting lineup after 4 years of entering the first team, and Hwang Seong-bin (Lotte), who were desperate after serving in the military, competed with Jeong Cheol-won. Among them, Jeong Cheol-won enjoyed the honor of rookie of the year with 4 wins, 3 losses, 3 saves, 23 holds, and an ERA of 3.10 in 58 games. In 2017, high school graduate rookie Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom) won the rookie award, and high school graduate rookies won the award for five consecutive years, but Jeong Cheol-won changed the game last year.
There are a lot of notable second-year players this year. According to the KBO commendation regulations, among players who joined within the last 5 years, if the batter does not exceed 60 at-bats and the pitcher does not exceed 30 innings in the cumulative record, they are eligible for the Rookie Award. In Hanwha, Moon Dong-ju, who pitched only 28.2 innings last year, can take on another challenge. Right-handed pitcher Park Joon-young, who was nominated in the first round, is also expected. Top-round nominated players such as Lee Byung-hun (Doosan), Cho Won-tae (LG Twins), Choi Ji-min (KIA), and Kim Young-woong (Samsung) are also sweating in the first team camp.
Lotte and SSG’s first-team camps, which have long produced rookie kings, have a particularly large number of second-year rookies compared to other clubs. Among them, there are not a few players who are qualified to be nominated for the Rookie of the Year award. In Lotte, Yoon Dong-hee, Jin Seung-hyun, and Kim Se-min, and in SSG, Yoon Tae-hyun, Shin Heon-min, and Kim Do-hyun are quenching. Lotte has not produced a newcomer since Jong-seok Yeom in 1992 and Seung-ho Lee in SSG in 2000.