Hanwha, which selected Moon Dong-joo, Kim Seo-hyun, and ‘left-hander’ Hwang Jun-seo, will create a Younggeon trio next year, “That’s why we selected them.”

토토사이트Will Jangchung High School left-handed ace Hwang Jun-seo (18), who was selected first overall in the 2024 rookie draft, be able to show a good performance on the first team stage next year? 

Hwang Jun-seo was selected as the first overall pick by the Hanwha Eagles in the first round of the ‘2024 KBO Rookie Draft’ held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on the 14th. It is said to be a natural result as he is a left-handed pitcher who has been evaluated as the best high school prospect since his sophomore year. 

Hwang Jun-seo, who played in 15 games (49 ⅔ innings) this year with 6 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 2.16, was also selected as a member of the national team for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup (World Youth Baseball Championship) and played in 3 games (12 ⅓ innings). He achieved decent results with 1 win, 2 losses, and an ERA of 3.97. 

By nominating Hwang Jun-seo, Hanwha became the first overall pick for three consecutive years. In the 2022 rookie draft, Moon Dong-ju was selected as the first overall pick at the national level, and in the 2023 rookie draft, Kim Seo-hyun was selected as the first overall pick. Moon Dong-ju, who debuted in the first team in 2022 and recorded 1 win, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 5.65 in 13 games (28 ⅔ innings), has begun to show his potential by recording 8 wins, 8 losses, and an average ERA of 3.72 in 23 games (118 ⅔ innings) this season. Kim Seo-hyun also had somewhat disappointing results with 20 games (22⅓ innings), 1 save, and an ERA of 7.25, but he succeeded in making his first appearance in the first team. 

As Moon Dong-ju and Kim Seo-hyun both showed signs of taking the mound right away from the first team, expectations for Hwang Jun-seo are also growing. Hanwha General Manager Son Hyuk said, “I think Hwang Jun-seo should compete for selection right away anyway. “That’s why I chose him,” he said, emphasizing that Hwang Jun-seo is excellent as an instant power. 

Hanwha, which had a promising right-handed pitcher for two years in a row, brought in left-handed pitcher Hwang Jun-seo and strengthened its left-handed pitching lineup, which had been somewhat disappointing so far. General manager Son Hyuk said, “Hwang Jun-seo is also a left-handed pitcher, and we expect him to show immediate power. Anyway, since the finishing camp, I have been discussing with the training department how to build my body and strengthen my physical strength. In April, he threw 150 kilometers per hour, but now that he has lost 8 kg, his velocity has also dropped. “I continue to think about this,” he said, explaining the direction of his future training. 

With Moon Dong-ju already settled in the starting lineup, Hanwha can have a powerful starting lineup if Kim Seo-hyun and Hwang Jun-seo push out competitors such as Lee Tae-yang, Nam Ji-min, and Han Seung-ju and enter the starting rotation. Attention is being paid to whether Hanwha, which ranked last for three consecutive years but succeeded in attracting top prospects, can create the rosy future it dreamed of.