The locals also showed interest in Lee Jung-hoo (24, Kiwoom Heroes), who announced that he would advance to the major leagues (MLB) after the end of next year’s season. It is a look that has high expectations compared to major league legend Vladimir Guerrero.
On the 20th (Korean time), 메이저사이트 MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, highlighted Lee Jung-hoo, saying, “KBO League superstars can shake up the free agent (FA) market next winter.”
Lee Jung-hoo visited the Kiwoom club office the day before (19th) and conveyed his intention to advance to the major leagues after playing in the 2023 season.
Regarding this, the media said, “In the free agent market next year, not only can Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), and Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) enter the free agency market, but also KBO league superstar Lee Jung-hoo also advances to the major leagues. expressed his will,” he said.
“Lee Jung-hoo, nicknamed the ‘grandson of the wind’, whose father is Lee Jong-beom, a KBO league legend nicknamed ‘Son of the Wind’, recorded a batting average of 0.349, 23 home runs, 113 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.421, and a slugging percentage of 0.575 this year, recording KBO “It was big news that he expressed interest in going to the major leagues,” he added.
Lee Jung-hoo’s detailed stats were also evaluated positively. The media said, “Lee Jung-hoo struck out only 32 in 627 at-bats this year, but got 66 walks.”
“He is a hitter with a combination of power, contact ability, and ability to identify and respond to strike zones. Unlike other KBO league hitters who have had difficulty with big league pitchers’ fastballs, he has the ability to help adapt to the major leagues,” he said. Explained.
He even compared Lee Jung-hoo to Guerrero. The media said, “If you liked Vladimir Guerrero’s ability to hit anywhere you throw it, you’ll love Lee Jung-hoo too.”
Guerrero is a hard hitter who played an active role in the major leagues as a ‘Hotta Junjok’. He played in the major leagues from 1996 to 2011, posting a career batting average of 0.318 with 449 home runs and 737 RBIs.
In 2001 and 2002, he reached the 30 (home run) -30 (steal) club, was named the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2004, and was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 2018 after his retirement.
The media said, “You may be able to see Lee Jeong-hoo in the big league stadium before the FA market next winter.” “Although the roster has not been confirmed yet, Lee Jung-hoo is expected to play as the Korean representative in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) next spring. Korea is 4 If it comes to the river, it will be played in Miami, USA.”