KBO held the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul on the 14th. KBO has been proceeding in a full draft method since the 2023 KBO rookie draft. Each club can nominate from round 1 to round 11. Nominations will be made in the order of Hanwha-Doosan-Lotte-NC-KIA-KT-LG-Kium-SSG, which is the reverse order of the regular season rankings of the 2022 KBO League.
Hanwha, which remained at the bottom last year, exercised its right to nominate the first place overall in the first round. 토토 The game changed when right-hander Jang Hyun-sik Masan Yongmago, who was originally the No. 1 candidate overall, gave up his participation in the KBO rookie draft and signed a contract with the LA Dodgers.
There was no surprise. Hanwha nominated left-handed pitcher Hwang Joon-seo Jang Chung-go, who was the No. 1 strong candidate overall. Soon after naming Hwang Joon-seo, Hanwha General Manager Son Hyuk said, Our scouts recommended it all year round. Everyone here wants a pitcher. I will be a pitcher who wants more in the future, he said.
Hwang Joon-seo said, I still can’t believe it. I’m so happy that my hands and feet are shaking, he said. He then laughed at Hanwha’s unique orange uniform, saying, I think it suits you. He also thanked his parents who attended the draft event that day, saying, Thank you for your eight years of baseball and you worked hard. Finally, Hwang Joon-seo said, I will always do my best and become a necessary player for the team.
Doosan named right-hander Kim Taek-yeon Incheon High School as the second overall player in the first round. At the recent U-18 World Youth Baseball Championship, Kim Taek-yeon made headlines by taking the mound in six games and hitting 247 pitches in 16 innings between the number of pitches in 16 innings.
Kim Tae-ryong, head of Doosan, said, We tracked down several players, but Kim Taek-yeon has consistently shown from spring to recent youth baseball tournaments. He had good control without injury and maintained his speed. I think I will grow into a stopper as early as two to three years, he said why he named Kim Taek-yeon.
Kim Taek-yeon said, It’s a position I’ve dreamed of since I was young, and I’m honored and happy to be selected by a good club called Doosan. I couldn’t sleep well because I was nervous and excited, he said adding, I still have a lot to learn, but I’ll try to throw the ball on the mound in Jamsil.
Lotte, which exercised the third-place nomination in the first round, called Jeon Mir Gyeongbuk High School. Both pitching and batting are players who showed their talents and received attention under the nickname Korean Otani.
Samsung named right-hander Yuk Sun-yeop Jang Chung-go as the fourth overall in the first round, NC named right-hander Kim Hwi-gun Hwi-moon as the fifth overall in the first round, KIA named right-hander Cho Dae-hyun Gangneung High School as the sixth overall in the first round.
Kiwoom, which transferred the right to nominate in the first round through a trade with LG in July, nominated right-hander Jeon Joon-pyo (Seoul High School) as the eighth overall, followed by right-hander Kim Yoon-ha Jang Chung-go. SSG is the only one to name a beast. In the first round, infielder Park Ji-hwan (Se Sang-hwa) was selected as the 10th overall.
This year, a total of 1,083 KBO rookie draft candidates, including 782 high school graduates, 296 college graduates including 41 early drafts, and five other players from overseas ama and professional backgrounds, will be eligible to participate in the draft.
This year, there are four nominations transferred by trade. The team that received the most transfers is Kiwoom, which exercises the nomination rights of the first, second, and third rounds held by LG, KIA, and Samsung, respectively, while NC exercises the nomination rights of the seventh round held by Hanwha.
Therefore, if all clubs nominate from the first round to the 11th round, a total of 110 players will be held in the arms of the KBO League club, with 14 players for Kiwoom, 12 for NC, 11 for Doosan, 11 for KT, 11 for SSG, 10 for LG and 10 for KIA and 10 for Hanwha.