Busan High’s Jung Hyun-soo selected in the 2nd round by Lotte
Gyeongnam High School’s Ko Young-woo, drafted in the 4th round by Kiwoom
Showed outstanding baseball skills through entertainment programs
Players from Busan High School and Gyeongnam High School, who were recognized for their baseball skills by many baseball fans through an entertainment baseball program on a general entertainment channel, have stepped onto the stage of the Korean Professional Baseball (KBO) League. Jeong Hyun-soo (22, Songwon University) and Go Young-woo (22, Sungkyunkwan University), both from Busan High School, are expected to play an immediate role in the KBO league based on their outstanding skills.
Jung Hyun-soo and Ko Young-woo were selected by KBO clubs in the 2024 KBO League Rookie Draft held on Thursday. Jeong was selected by the Lotte Giants with the 13th overall pick in the second round. Go Young-woo was selected by the Kiwoom Heroes in the fourth round, 39th overall.
Jung Hyun-soo and Ko Young-woo garnered attention from scouts from 10 KBO clubs after performing well on the JTBC entertainment program “The Strongest Baseball,” and successfully entered the KBO League.
Jung Hyun-soo gained his baseball experience at Songwon University through Busan Daeyeoncho, Busan Jungbu, and Busan Go. He has the ability to throw a variety of pitches, including a fastball that tops out at 145 kilometers per hour, as well as a curveball with a big drop, a changeup, and a cutter. This season, Jeong has been outstanding in the Korea University Sports Federation (KUSF) U-League, going 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Collegiate Baseball Championship last season.
Jeong is expected to fill Lotte’s lack of left-handed pitching depth and provide immediate power.
Ko Young-woo is also considered to have excellent hitting and defense skills. He played at Daeyeoncho, Daedongjoong, and Gyeongnam High Schools in Busan, and was a starting infielder at Sungkyunkwan University. He won the batting award in the KUSF U-League last year and has excellent hitting ability.메이저놀이터
In 15 games this season, he batted .360 (18-for-50) with three home runs, 24 RBI, 10 runs scored, a .640 on-base percentage, a .467 slugging percentage, and a 1.107 OPS. Defensively, Ko was the team’s starting third baseman and played stellar defense to support the team’s success on the national stage.