Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes)’s advancement into the Major League Baseball (MLB) of American professional baseball is virtually a foregone conclusion. He had already announced his intention to advance to the United States ahead of the season, and numerous scouts visited the stadium to watch him. There is even talk that the evaluation has already been completed.
So where will Lee Jeong-hoo end up after this season? The San Francisco Giants are emerging as a strong team.
American media outlet NBC Sports said on the 28th (Korean time), “The Giants are keeping an eye on two of the biggest free agents (FA) this offseason,” following their evaluation of Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Korean outfielder Lee Jeong-hoo. “I’m going,” he said.
The possibility of Lee Jeong-hoo going to San Francisco has been mentioned several times before. His chances are in full swing as he takes over as head coach of San Francisco under Bob Melvin, who helped Ha-Sung Kim become a starting player at the San Diego Padres.
Recently, the American media outlet The Athletic said, “According to a source familiar with the Korean market, Lee Jung-hoo will sign with a team that will use him as a starting player. He will also be motivated by showing patience to overcome a potential slump,” and added, “Coach Melvin 짱구카지노“He maintained a friendship with Ichiro in Seattle from 2003 to 2004 and got along well with Darvish,” he said.
He continued, “We also built a solid relationship with Ha-sung Kim over the past two seasons. Ha-sung Kim was a former co-worker and close friend of Jeong-hoo Lee.” Ha-sung Kim said, “Ha-sung Kim blossomed under the guidance of coach Melvin, who treated him as a key player.” was carried.
Of course, NBC Sports’ report was somewhat focused on Yamamoto. The media said, “Giants general manager Pete Puttila and vice president of pro scouting Jack Minassian recently visited Japan to scout Yamamoto, but they were the only team in attendance.” In an episode of Giants Talk, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi called Yamamoto out. He was described as being ‘one of the best starting pitchers in the world’ and possessing ‘a tremendous combination of athleticism, stuff and command.’
However, Zaidi appeared on NBC Sports after the appointment of coach Melvin and was asked about these players, saying that they are players who are not yet sure of entering the market. He was cautious, but said, “Obviously, those two players are the best players in their respective leagues and we don’t know what will happen to them. He did not hide his interest, saying, “We are clearly monitoring whether or not they are actually being evaluated.”
The media introduced Lee Jeong-hoo’s detailed records in the KBO League. Although Lee Jung-hoo only appeared in 86 games this season due to injury, he made it clear that he posted excellent results last year with a batting average of 0.349, 23 home runs, 113 RBI, on-base percentage of 0.421, and slugging percentage of 0.575 in 142 games.
Lee Jeong-hoo attempts to advance to the MLB through the posting system. Kim Ha-seong, a senior on the team, also headed to San Diego through this. He was reported to have received $5.525 million (7.5 billion won).
It is unfortunate that unlike Kim Ha-seong, Lee Jeong-hoo’s main position is the outfield, but it is true that his batting ability is evaluated much more favorably. Scouts’ interest is also greater than at the time. This is why some say that Lee Jeong-hoo’s posting amount will be higher than Kim Ha-seong’s.