Applying for the KBO Draft? Entering the US? ‘Post-high school level’ Jang Hyun-seok’s worries


 Right-handed pitcher Jang Hyun-seok (19) of Masan Yongma High School, who is evaluated as a high school level talent, continues to think about challenging the Major League (MLB) and advancing to the KBO League.

Jang Hyun-seok took the mound as the second pitcher in the match against Jangchung High School in the 8th round of the 78th Blue Dragon National Baseball Championship and weekend league Wangjungwangjeon held at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on the 24th.

Jang Hyeon-seok, who took the mound with 1 out and 1st base in the 3rd inning, threw 102 pitches in 6⅔innings and struck out 14 runs, but his team lost 2-3.

While dealing with the first batter, Jang Hyun-seok made a bad throw at the first base check, and later gave a point to Ryu Hyun-joon for a timely hit. However, Jang Hyun-seok’s earned run was not recorded due to the previous pitcher’s successor runner conceding.

However, Jang Hyeon-seok after that was like an iron fortress. He continued his scoreless pitching by striking out as many as 14 through the ninth inning. The highest speed was 154 km.

Jang Hyeon-seok, who met with reporters after the game, said, “I was physically exhausted in the hot weather, so I tried to catch up by lowering my speed a little from the middle. The sweeper pitch is still unfinished, but I think I was lucky to overcome the opponent hitters.”

Jang Hyun-seok, who roared loudly at the end of each inning during the game, showed a confident appearance, saying, “I put on a kind of performance because I didn’t want to show my spirits down.”

One of the points of interest in the game that day was the head-to-head match between Jang Hyun-seok and Hwang Jun-seo (Jang Chung-go). Jang Hyeon-seok, who was selected as a national representative for the Hangzhou Asian Games, and Hwang Jun-seo, who has already shown good skills in the youth team, are both considered the best pitchers in high school baseball.

Jang Hyun-seok climbed the mound early and was responsible for a long inning while the team was losing, and Hwang Jun-seo climbed the mound in the 8th inning and played 2 innings as if conscious of the next game.

Hwang Jun-seo climbed to first and third base safely in the 8th inning and allowed two runners who succeeded pitcher Jo Dong-wook to home, but later made a save without conceding any additional runs.

Jang Hyun-seok praised, “After the game, I congratulated (Hwang) Jun-seo.

If Jang Hyun-seok, whose skills have been proven, applies for the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft, the first nomination is likely. Applications for the 2014 rookie draft, which will be held on September 14th, can be submitted until August 15th at 6pm.

However, there are also observations that Jang Hyun-seok will challenge the MLB like the case of Shim Jun-seok (Pittsburgh Pirates) last year. If Jang Hyun-seok wins a gold medal at the Asian Games and receives military service benefits, the scenario for entering the United States will gain more momentum.

Every time he meets with reporters after the selection of the national team, Jang Hyun-seok, who is asked about his future, only answers that he has not decided yet, but this day was no different.

Jang Hyun-seok, who was reported to have recently met with an MLB scout, said, “I cannot openly reveal what was discussed (with the scout). I will only say that I am thinking about it.”

He then laughed, saying, “I will not comment” when asked, “What percentage of you want to enter the MLB?”메이저사이트

Lastly, Jang Hyun-seok expressed his aspirations as a national representative, saying, “If I go to the national team, I want to learn the know-how by meeting seniors Go Woo-seok and Moon Dong-ju, who throw fastballs.”

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