Hanwha Eagles’ super rookie Kim Seo-hyun starts the 2023 season in the second group.
On the 31st, the KBO released the entries for the opening game of 10 teams. There are a total of 300 players, 30 per team, and 14 new players joined this year. Except for Doosan and NC, all 8 teams put at least one newcomer on the entry list스포츠토토.
Hanwha excluded Kim Seo-hyun, who was selected as the overall number 1 in the 2023 rookie draft, from the opening entry. It contrasts with the inclusion of rookie infielder Moon Hyun-min, who caused a sensation in the demonstration game. KIA pitcher Yoon Young-chul, who was selected as the second overall pick, is confirmed as the 5th starter and is scheduled to enter the first team on the starting date.
It is unusual for the entire number 1 player to be eliminated from the entry. An official from Hanwha said, “It is not an injury, but it is planned to improve in the 2nd team and go up to the 1st team.”
Kim Seo-hyun posted an outstanding performance of 1.80 ERA in 5 games, 5 innings, 4 strikeouts and 6 walks in 5 games in the demonstration game. He recorded the highest speed of his fastball up to 158 km. His superficial record was excellent, but Jegu showed an uneasy appearance. In particular, on the mound on the 28th, he was greatly shaken with a visa book of 1 inning, 1 walk, 2 balls that fit the body and 1 run. It seems that this appearance has virtually decided Kim Seo-hyun’s second army.
On the 29th, general manager Son Hyuk diagnosed Kim Seo-hyun’s current condition through the club’s official YouTube channel. General Manager Sohn said, “Kim Seo-hyun is about 30-40%. The ball is really good. The thing I was most worried about was when I looked at my body when I was naked, and I was worried because it was too thin. My body wouldn’t be able to win at that speed with that body. I did a lot,” he said. He continued, “I think it’s quite good that he built his body well during the spring camp, but don’t the contents of the throwing still need to be refined? I think he’s a player with something to do,” he said.
Hanwha decided to give Kim Seo-hyun time. He doesn’t know when he’ll be able to make it to the first team. Until the club decides he is good, he will continue to temper in the Futures League.