A stronger pitching staff, and an unexpected catcher! KIA Draft Recap: “It went as planned”

The KIA Tigers selected a total of 10 players in the 1st to 11th rounds (excluding the 2nd round nomination trade) in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Westin Chosun Hotel Grand Ballroom in Sogong-dong, Seoul on the 14th. Seven pitchers, including Cho Dae-hyun, the ace of Gangneung High School, who is 1m93 tall and sprays 151km fastball, and catcher Lee Sang-joon (Gyeonggi High School), infielder Kang Min-je (Gunsan Sangil High School) and Kim Doo-hyun (Dongwon University) were selected.굿모닝토토

KIA is considered to be the team that selects and has the most number of pitchers of various types, including left-right and sidearm, among the 10 KBO League clubs. He is called the “Kingdom of Pitchers” because he has a lot of depth regardless of starting pitcher and bullpen. Since last year, it has opened a pitching academy in Hampyeong to accelerate the development of promising pitchers. In this nomination, he chose to make the pitcher Depps thicker.

The 2024 KBO rookie draft was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel on the 14th. Gangneung High School’s Cho Dae-hyun, who was nominated by KIA in the first round, is posing with Shim Jae-hak, the head of the team.
“I brought all seven pitchers I tried to pick,” Shim said. “We were able to pick Cho Dae-hyun as planned in the first round,” he said. (Appointed in the third round) Lee Sang-joon actually expected to be nominated by other teams in the previous round, but we were able to catch him because the order came back,” he said. He added, “I wanted to pick a pitcher with good speed in the top round, and a player with stability and fast feet in infield defense in the next round.” Regarding Cho Dae-hyun, who was selected in the first round, he said, “We are looking at him from a long-term perspective rather than a resource to enter the first division right now,” adding, “Just as Yang Hyun-jong debuted in 2007 and grew slowly, (Cho Dae-hyun) will grow into a very good player.” Regarding Lee Sang-joon, he said, “There is a good possibility as a large catcher. When I checked it in person, he had the ability to throw as much as a professional player. “I have an expectation that it will grow very quickly if we strengthen our defense,” he said.

The 2024 KBO rookie draft was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel on the 14th. Players nominated for the KIA Tigers are taking commemorative photos.

Kwon Yoon-min, head of KIA’s power planning team, said, “We wanted to select pitchers and types of players that could foster starters, but we were able to catch good catcher resources,” adding, “We are satisfied overall in that infield resources with multi-ability and power were also available.” “Currently, both the first division and the Futures have coaches who see the advantages of young players well. He said, “I focused on finding resources that can maximize that aspect,” adding, “I wanted to find a well-equipped player in terms of personality as well as skills, and I selected him.”

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