Lee Jung-hoo’s chances of success as seen by an active big leaguer… “You saw Kim Ha-sung, Lee Jung-hoo will do well too”
One of the biggest topics in the 2023 KBO League is Lee Jung-hoo (25‧ Kiwoom), who announced that he would advance to the major leagues. Lee Jung-hoo announced his intention to go to the major leagues through the posting system after the 2023 season. With Kiwoom also approving this, advancing to the big leagues was imminent.
Already at Kiwoom’s spring camp this year, scouts lined up to watch Lee Jung-hoo’s training. With many clubs collecting information on Lee Jung-hoo and completing a significant portion of their valuation, there is even a prospect that the competition for Lee Jung-hoo will ignite. There is high anticipation that if there is competition, an amount that we could not have imagined could be printed, as was the case when Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Then, what about Brooks Reilly온라인바카라 (35, New York Mets), who is an active major leaguer and has played in the KBO for five years and is well aware of the difference in level between the two leagues. Rayleigh, who had an overwhelming record of 15 at-bats and no hits against Lee Jung-hoo while playing for Lotte in the KBO League, was optimistic that Lee would adapt well to the major leagues.
Rayleigh praised Lee Jung-hoo for being strong, saying, “Rather than having a secret, he was young at the time,” laughing and saying, “I think he’s grown more now. He’s a great player and has a good swing.”
After evaluating Lee Jung-hoo’s good process, he said, “It seems to be following in the footsteps of (KBO) players who entered the major leagues before.”
Major League Baseball’s standards for Asian baseball are slightly different for pitchers and fielders. There are more successful cases of pitchers than fielders, and because of this, it is evaluated that the eyes to see the fielder are somewhat cautious. In fact, there are many cases in which fielders representing Korea and Japan returned to their home countries without making a big impact in the major leagues.
However, as Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs, 5 years, $85 million) and Masataka Yoshida (Boston, 5 years, $90 million) both landed large-scale contracts that exceeded expectations, the green light was turned on for Lee Jung-hoo’s contract. It is known that overseas scouts’ evaluation of Lee Jung-hoo is not much lower than Yoshida’s, and the fact that Lee Jung-hoo is a young player who will turn 26 next year is highly evaluated locally. A player who can use all of his prime is worth a lot.