The team that attracted the most attention in the 2024 rookie draft was Kiwoom Heroes.
Kiwoom selected as many as 14 players in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on the 14th. In the meantime, the draft rights that had been gradually collected through trades etc. were dumped all at once.
Kiwoom selected Seoul High School right-handed pitcher Jeon Jun-pyo with the 8th pick in the first round from the LG Twins, which was received through the Choi Won-tae trade. Next, they selected Jangchung High pitcher Kim Yun-ha with the 9th pick in the first round, which they originally had. Yunha Kim is the niece of Park Chan-ho of ‘The Korean Express’ and has been a hot topic even before the draft. Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki is a classmate of Park Chan-ho and Gongju High School.
In addition, Kiwoom includes pitcher Son Hyun-ki (Jeon High School), pitcher Kim Yeon-ju (Segwang High School), infielder Ko Young-woo (Sungkyunkwan University), pitcher Kim Joo-hoon (Dongwon Science and Technology University), infielder Song Jin-hyeong (Gwangju Jeil High School), catcher Kim Ji-seong (Yulgok High School Baseball Team), and outfielder Park Chae-ul (Chungam High School). ), pitcher Beomjun Park (Daejeon High School), pitcher Seungho Park (Gunsan Commercial High School), and infielder Hwiyun Shim (Baejae High School) were selected. Ko Young-woo, who was selected in the 4th round, is currently appearing on the baseball entertainment program ‘Strongest Baseball’.
In addition, infielder Lee Jae-sang (Seongnam High School) was selected with the 16th overall pick in the second round obtained through a trade with the KIA Tigers, and pitcher Lee Woo-hyun (Bibon High School) was selected using the 24th overall pick in the second round obtained through a trade with the Samsung Lions. Among the 14 designated players, 8 are pitchers. Additionally, there are 4 infielders, 1 catcher, and 1 outfielder.
Below are the thoughts of the major nominated players,
△1st round No. 8 Jeon Jun-pyo (Seoul High School)
I am honored to be selected by a good team called Kiwoom Heroes. I will do my best to adapt as quickly as possible and show a good performance in the first team. Since Seoul High School has a similar system to the pros, I will adapt quickly and show a good performance in the first team. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me so far. I will do my best to repay your support with my skills.
△ 1st round number 9 Kim Yun-ha (Jangchung High School)
I was very worried whether I would be selected in the 1st round, but I am grateful that Kiwoom Heroes nominated me. I am most grateful to my parents who brought me this far. I think I was able to come this far because the manager and coach who have guided me so far helped me build my fundamentals. Thank you so much. I will become a player who always works harder so that I can live up to the expectations of my fans. His uncle (Chan-ho Park) was not contacted separately before the draft. Because his uncle was very busy, he didn’t see him often, but he would give him good advice whenever he had the chance. To live up to the title of being the nephew of Korea’s best pitcher, I try to act more carefully and work harder.메이저놀이터
△ 2nd round number 16 Lee Jae-sang (Seongnam High School)
I was surprised when my name was called sooner than I expected. I am grateful to Kiwoom Heroes and the staff who chose me. I think strong shoulders and power are my strengths. I want to further hone my strengths, join next year’s team, and show a good performance next year. I will show you that I play my best in everything I do.
△Round 2, No. 19, Son Hyun-ki (Jeon High School)
It is an honor to be nominated for Kiwoom Heroes. I really like Gocheok Sky Dome and really wanted to go on the mound, so I’m happy to be nominated by the club that uses Gocheok Sky Dome as its home stadium. I think my strength is that I have a fast ball and good breaking ball ability, making it difficult for batters to hit. From now on, when we talk about Kiwoom left-handed pitchers, I will work hard so that the name Son Hyun-ki comes to mind first. △ It is an honor to be nominated by a good club called Kiwoom Heroes,
No. 24 Lee Woo-hyun (Bibongo) in the 3rd round .
Now that I am a professional player, I am trying to be more careful about my behavior. As a starting pitcher, my strength is that I can pitch many innings. That player is a really hard-working player on the baseball field, and when Lee Woo-hyun comes up, I will do my best so that people can hear that our team won.
△Round 3, No. 29 Kim Yeon-ju (Sego High School)
I am surprised and thankful to be nominated higher than I expected. I will work hard to become a player who lives up to expectations. (Lee) Myeongjong congratulated me a lot. It’s nice to play in the same club as my close brother, but I also feel a little burdened by being a competitor. As I have good ball control, I will work harder so that I can quickly join the first team. I would be the person who best describes small peppers as being spicy.