“He lives up to his name as the nephew of Korea’s best pitcher.”
Kiwoom Heroes, led by coach Hong Won-ki, had as many as 14 rookie players in the 2023 KBO rookie draft held on the 14th. In a previous trade, a rookie draft pick was traded. They were able to exercise their right to be drafted in the 1st round by the LG Twins, the 2nd round by the KIA Tigers, and the 3rd round by the Samsung Lions.
They included pitcher Jeon Jun-pyo of Seoul High School, ranked 8th in the first round, pitcher Kim Yun-ha of Jangchung High School, ranked 9th, infielder Jae-sang Lee of Seongnam High School, ranked 6th in the second round, pitcher Hyun-gi Son of Jeon High School, ranked 9th, pitcher Woo-hyun Lee of Bibong High School, ranked 4th in the third round, and pitcher Yeon-ju Kim of Seogwang High School, ranked 9th in the third round.
In addition, Sungkyunkwan University infielder Go Young-woo in the 4th round, Dongwon Science and Technology University pitcher Kim Joo-hoon in the 5th round, Gwangju Jeil High School infielder Song Jin-hyung in the 6th round, Yulgok High School catcher Kim Ji-seong in the 7th round, Chungam High School outfielder Park Chae-ul in the 8th round, Daejeon High pitcher Beom-jun Park in the 9th round, and Gunsan Sangil High School pitcher Park Seung-ho in the 10th round. , selected high school infielder Shim Hwi-un in the 11th round.
The player who stands out the most is Kim Yunha. He is famous as the nephew of ‘The Korean Express’ Park Chan-ho. He has a sturdy physique of 188 cm and 90 kg, and has excellent pitch as a fastball pitcher. He has a good command of breaking balls such as splitter and slider, and his ball-to-ball ratio is especially good. He appeared in 13 games this year, recording 3 wins, 1 loss, 39.1 innings, an ERA of 2.75, 51 strikeouts, and 16 walks.
Yunha Kim said, “I was very worried about whether I would be selected in the first round, but I am grateful that Kiwoom nominated me. “I am most grateful to my parents who led me to this point,” he said.
He continued, “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,” he pledged.
He said he did not receive a separate contact from Chan-ho Park before the start of the draft. Now, he has shown his determination to do his best as baseball player Kim Yun-ha, not Park Chan-ho’s nephew.
Kim Yun-ha said, “I did not receive any special contact before the draft started. “I couldn’t see my uncle often because he was very busy, but he would give me good advice whenever he got the chance,” he said emphatically, adding, “I will act more carefully and work harder to live up to the title of being the nephew of Korea’s best pitcher.”
Park Chan-ho also heartily congratulated his niece Kim Yun-ha on her nomination. 스포츠토토 Also, his close friend, coach Hong Won-ki, is leading Kiwoom. It’s like a relationship added to a relationship.
Chan-ho Park said on his personal SNS, “Congratulations. Kim Yun-ha’s niece. It seems like it hasn’t been long since he started out as a baseball player, but he has already grown up and become a professional baseball player. Jig’s mother followed along so enthusiastically and made it right. “Her motherly strength,” he celebrated.
At the same time, “There is also a burden of clarity in the meaning of first round selection to a professional team. Kiwoom has a great coach, so I think the son raised by his mother will grow into an even better player. I hope that in the process of growth, example, effort, strength, responsibility, passion, and constant challenge will always be present. Yunha Kim Fighting! However, in a few years, an even bigger player will emerge. To expect. “That guy is someone’s younger brother,” he said with anticipation.What will the 2024 season be like for Kiwoom’s rookie pitcher Kim Yun-ha, who is not Park Chan-ho’s nephew?