The American media pays attention to Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom), who announced plans to challenge the big leagues next year.
The New York Post selected ’50 most interesting baseball players’ on the 14th (local time). Lee Jung-hoo was ranked 14th on this list. The New York Post, which placed Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25, Orix), a Japanese pitcher of the same age as Lee Jung-hoo, in 13th place, said, “Yamamoto and Lee Jung-hoo were the MVPs of last year’s Japanese and Korean professional baseball.” After that, we aim to advance to the major leagues.” 토토사이트
After finishing last season, Lee Jung-hoo expressed his intention to challenge the major league next year through the posting system (private competitive bidding) to the club, and has received the club’s consent. And at the end of January, he signed a contract with Boras Corporation, a famous American agency led by Scott Boras, and put his first button on.
The WBC is a showcase for Lee Jung-hoo to the big league clubs. The eyes looking at Lee Jung-hoo are hot. MLB.com recently picked the best players by position in the 2023 WBC, putting Lee Jung-hoo in one of the outfield positions along with Mike Trout (LA Angels), the best hitter in the major leagues, and Mookie Betts, the representative star of the LA Dodgers. Other American media also introduced Lee Jung-hoo as a ‘preparatory big leaguer’. A large number of big league scouts continue to visit Arizona, USA, where Kiwoom’s spring camp is located, to see Lee Jung-hoo.
On the 15th, the meeting day of the WBC team, Lee Jung-hoo arrived at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He said, “(Foreign media) is not burdened at all,” and “I am preparing to reduce tension as much as possible and play as usual.”
Regarding being selected as the best player by WBC position, he calmly said, “Isn’t it an evaluation that came out after the tournament?”
Lee Jung-hoo’s gaze is only looking at the WBC. Korea will play its first match against Australia in the first round of the WBC finals on March 9 in Tokyo, Japan. Winning the first game is the most important for Korea to succeed in advancing to the quarterfinals. It’s because the game against Australia is followed by Japan. Lee Jung-hoo said, “You have to play the first game well to have the next game. For now, I will only think about the game against Australia.”