NC Dinos left-hander Jung Gu-beom (24) will take a brief military hiatus without blooming his skills.
According to the NC club recently, Jung Koo-beom entered the Army Training Center on the 8th. Jung will leave the team for a year and a half, with the decision to serve in the military until July 7, 2025.
Jeong Gu-beom, born in 2000, is a pitcher who has been an ace since his sophomore year at Deoksu High School. At that time, he cooked batters with fast balls in the mid-140km range and was praised for his excellent breaking ball ability.
In addition, he was mentioned as a candidate for the first overall nomination early on due to his tall height of 185 centimeters and scarcity as a left-hander.
Initially, he was mentioned as a candidate for the first nomination of a Seoul-based club, but he became a second nominee because he had a paid history of studying in baseball in the U.S. when he was a junior high school student.
Nevertheless, the club’s interest in Jung Koo-beom was great, and he joined NC as the first overall pick in the second round.
Throwing a lot of balls in high school, Jung calmly rehabilitated his shoulder and built his body instead of making his debut in the NC Dinosaurs. In March 2020, he was recognized for his potential, as he was included in the list of 111 pre-registered players for the Tokyo Olympics.
The NC Dinosaurs also treated Jung as a treasure to become a “second Goo Chang-mo.” However, his physical condition did not improve as fast as expected. He showed slow growth due to chronic shoulder pain.
After joining NC Dinos for two years, he failed to play in the main league, and only played four games in 2020 and six games in 2021 in the Futures League. As time passed, Jung’s mind grew impatient.
Chung’s debut in the first division was made only on Oct. 7, 2022, against the LG Twins in Changwon. He took the mound as a losing team in the ninth inning when his team was losing 2-5.
Jung Gu-beom (from left), Kim Yoon-sik, Hong Min-ki, Jongmin Lee, Jang Kyu-bin, and Jeon Eui-san, who received the first round selection in the 2020 KBO Rookie Draft held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 26th, are on the stage to reveal their aspirations. August 26, 2019/News1 ⓒNews1 Reporter Park Jung-ho
Seo struck out his first opponent, Seo Kun-chang, but gave a walk to Moon Bo-kyung and hit a two-run homer to Song Chan-ui. Lee Young-bin and Hong Chang-ki were blocked with three strikeouts and an infield grounder, respectively, but they ended the tough reporting ceremony with two strikeouts, one homer and two runs in one inning.헤라카지노주소
On October 10, against the Suwon KT Wiz, he took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning and was replaced after catching only one batter, Kang Baek-ho, with a catcher’s foul fly.
There was a half chance, but chances did not come easily afterwards. He attended the spring camp for the main league players last year, but failed to enter the opening entry.
He was called up to the first division only on June 3, but he lost one game and had an ERA of 7.82 in four ⅔ and 12 innings in the first division, mainly staying in the second division.
Considering the high expectations he had when he joined the club in 2020, four years passed in vain, full of regret for both the club and himself. In the meantime, attention has fallen due to new prospects.
With no expectation for military service benefits through international competitions, Jung chose to join the military service on his own. He decided to quit baseball for one year and six months and decided to renew his commitment.
Before joining the army, Jung Gu-beom left a short comment through the club, saying, “I’m sorry that many fans have been interested in me since I was nominated as a professional, but I couldn’t repay that expectation,” adding, “I really want to be a player who can help the team when I return after being discharged from the military.”
Clubs are also respecting players’ wishes. Rather than spending time recklessly at a time when there is no such rebound factor at the moment, they believe that the military can provide an emergency opportunity through a turning point.
An NC official encouraged, “It’s a shame, but it wouldn’t be bad for the player to solve his military service and start anew.”