Yoon Jun-ho (22, Doosan) and Ryu Hyun-in (22, kt), newcomers to the 2023 season who made their names known through the JTBC baseball entertainment program’Strongest Baseball’, were honored to join spring camp from the first year of joining the pros side by side. 메이저놀이터

The two players were nominated by professional clubs through the 2023 rookie draft held on September 15 last year. Yoon Jun-ho was nominated by Doosan in the 5th round with the 49th ranking, and Ryu Hyun-in was nominated by kt with the 70th ranking in the 7th round.

Yoon Jun-ho was reunited at Doosan with coach Lee Seung-yeop, who led the ‘strongest baseball’. Director Lee Seung-yeop took over as Doosan’s new head coach a month after Yoon Jun-ho was nominated by Doosan.

Yoon Jun-ho, who graduated from Gyeongnam High School and Dong-eui University, is a college graduate catcher. He did not receive a professional nomination during high school, but after entering college, he was selected for the 2021 WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) U-23 Baseball World Cup team through steady performance.

Yoon Jun-ho is the only Doosan rookie to be on the roster for this spring camp. On the 16th, Doosan announced a camp roster of 61 people, including 46 players and 15 coaching staff, including Yoon Jun-ho. 

Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who included Yoon Jun-ho on the list, joked, “It has absolutely nothing to do with the strongest baseball,” and explained, “I took Yoon Jun-ho because I needed a lot of catchers.” This is because the main catcher Yang Eui-ji has to vacate his seat during the camp due to the selection of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team.

Ryu Hyeon-in, who graduated from Gwangju Jinheung High School and Dankook University, is a right-handed and left-handed infielder. Ryu Hyeon-in also failed to join the pros in high school, but made a mark in kt through his outstanding performance on the college baseball stage. He played in 24 games last year and left a strong impression with a batting average of 4.3, 2 homers, 25 RBIs, and an OPS (slugging percentage + on-base percentage) of 1.227.

On the 25th, kt announced that “a total of 52 people, including coach Lee Kang-cheol, 12 coaching staff and 40 players, will participate in the camp.” Ryu Hyun-in was included in the camp roster along with newcomers such as Kim Jeong-woon, Kim Gun-woong, Son Min-seok, and Jung Joon-young.

Ryu Hyun-in is evaluated as an immediate sense of power in the kt infield in the 2023 season. Attention is also focused on the confrontation between Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop and rookie catcher Yoon Jun-ho on the professional stage in the new season.

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