“Youth Baseball Team → Strongest Baseball” Hwang Young-mook + Jin Woo-young, a former Kansas minor, will make his KBO debut…28th tryout
KBO said on the 23rd, “We will hold a 2024 rookie draft tryout (for overseas amazes and professional players and high school-university dropouts) at the Gonjiam Team-Up Campus in Gyeonggi-do on the 28th.”
There are a total of five participants in the draft, including pitcher Jin Woo-young, catcher Do Seung-hyun, infielder Hwang Young-mook and Jang Hyun-jin, and outfielder Kim Do-kyu.
The most notable player is Hwang Young-mook, who is appearing in “The Strongest Baseball.” He made an impressive performance in the independent league and was also selected for the “Youth Baseball Team” to show off his bat that also works against the second professional second division.
He recorded a cycling hit last year when he played for Yeoncheon Miracle in the independent league, and this year, he joined the “strongest baseball” Monsters and is playing as a key infielder. In the match against Jangchung High School, he also won the MVP of the game.
Jin Woo Young from Kansas. Photo = Jin Woo Young SNS
Attention is also drawn to Jin Woo-young, a former Kansas City Royals minor. Jin Woo-young was a pitching and batting player who played as the fourth batter in the ace when he was at Global Advanced School, where “Fungwoon-ah” Choi Hyang-nam took the helm. He also participated in a major league power showcase with KIA Tigers Byun Woo-hyuk, drawing attention.
Since 2019, he has played for Kansas City Minor for three years. However, 2020 is actually two years as the minor leagues have not been held due to the aftermath of COVID-19. In his first year of debut, he played 46 innings in 14 games in the Rookie League with 6 wins, 2 losses, and a 2.35 ERA, but he was released after a slump in 2021 to see if the one-year forced break became toxic. After serving in the military, he played for the Paju Challengers in the independent league this year and participated in this tryout.
The tryout is a stage where overseas and independent league players perform their skills in front of baseball officials and reporters. Kwon Kwang-min (Hanwha Eagles), Kim Dong-jin (Samsung Lions), Kim Gun-hyung (KT Wiz), who is famous as the son of head coach Kim Ki-tae, and Kim Seo-jin (Lotte Giants), who was noted as a “home-schooling” baseball player, are from the tryout and are currently playing on the professional stage.