Kim Taek-yeon, who is in desperate need of ‘management’ due to the controversy over overuse in the 5-game series, will participate in the National Sports Festival in October: “I will discuss it with the school.”
Will Incheon High School pitcher Kim Taek-yeon, wearing the Doosan Bears uniform as the second overall pick in the 2024 KBO rookie draft, be on the mound for the upcoming National Sports Festival in October? The Doosan team plans to discuss with the school and convey their opinions on Kim Taek-yeon’s appearance on the mound.
Doosan named Taek-yeon Kim in the first round of the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul on September 14.
Doosan has been observing Kim Taek-yeon since the spring of this year and has been eyeing him as a strong candidate for first-round selection. Even if Jang Hyun-seok (LA Dodgers) remained, the plan was to nominate Kim Taek-yeon rather than Jangchung High School pitcher Hwang Jun-seo. Rather, with Jang Hyun-seok declaring his intention to advance to the U.S. Major League, there was an atmosphere of appreciation for the situation within the club, where concerns could be eliminated.
A Doosan scout official who met at the rookie draft site said, “If it was Jang Hyun-seok and Kim Taek-yeon, we were worried, but if it was Hwang Jun-seo and Kim Taek-yeon, we tried to select Kim Taek-yeon from the beginning. Looking at the rotation speed and vertical movement data, it was the highest level for any professional pitcher. The direction of future positions will have to be decided on site, but I think it will be closer to finishing than selection. “I expect that he can grow in the same style as KT player Park Young-hyun.”
Doosan delivered a sincere welcome message to the point where it prepared a separate team uniform with Kim Taek-yeon’s name on it.온라인바카라
Kim Taek-yeon, who has been wearing a uniform with his name on it since the day of his rookie draft, said, “As soon as he first put on the Doosan uniform, he felt like he fit in so well. I felt good because everyone around me said that. He didn’t expect his name to be engraved on him, but he was touched to receive such a uniform. He is confident in any position, whether starting or closing. “I will work harder to meet the club’s expectations in the future,” he said with a smile.
Regarding his role model, Kim Taek-yeon said that rather than using a specific senior as a role model, he will work harder to become a role model for amateur players.
Taekyeon Kim said, “Because I am an amateur player, I have always talked about being a role model. Now that I am also a professional player, my thoughts have changed and I will work harder to become a role model for amateur players. “I want to be the first Kim Taek-yeon, not the second someone,” he said, raising his voice.
Doosan, which has Kim Taek-yeon, who it desperately wanted, must now pay attention to management mode. Kim Taek-yeon experienced controversy over ‘5-game overuse’ at the recent World Youth Baseball Championship.
Taekyeon Kim said, “When I went to the youth national team, they took good care of me on the bench. When he threw, he didn’t feel like he was overexerting himself, so he just focused on his job. As he represented South Korea, he tried to throw harder. He returned with a bronze medal, making it a memorable and happy moment for him. “After returning home, he rested well at home and his physical condition recovered,” he said.
In addition to the controversy over the abuse of the youth national team, whether or not they will participate in the National Sports Festival to be held in October is also a big issue. This is why Incheon High School, where Kim Taek-yeon is located, is participating in the National Sports Festival baseball tournament as a representative of Incheon City. The Doosan team is also paying close attention to the possibility of participating in the National Sports Festival.
A Doosan official we met at the rookie draft site said, “If Kim Taek-yeon makes it to the mound at the National Sports Festival, there may be a bigger problem. Of course, since it is a national sports festival, its importance is clear as it is a competition in which the city is represented. “Still, we plan to discuss it with the school,” he said. It is known that Incheon High School also intends to manage Kim Taek-yeon. Attention is being paid to whether Kim Taek-yeon will be able to prepare healthily for Doosan’s debut season next year under thorough management mode without appearing at the National Sports Festival in October.