Right-handed pitcher Park Joon-yong (19, Suseongdae) erased the unknown pain of the rookie draft two years ago. Suseong University coach Sung-joon said, “It’s a great pleasure for us. Joon-yong prepared differently, but he moved well as planned, so I was given a good choice,” he said.
Park Joon-yong was selected by the Samsung Lions with the No. 14 overall pick in the second round in the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft held on the 14th. A total of 296 university graduates, including 41 early drafts (early selection), are expected to enter the draft. Park Joon-yong’s name was called the second fastest among college graduates after Chung Hyun-soo (Song Won-dae, the 13th overall pick of the Lotte Giants in the second round). Park Joon-young is the best pitcher in the college league, said the head of the A team’s operation team, whom I met at the scene. “As expected, I was selected early in the rankings,” he said. 스포츠토토
Park Joon-yong pitched in 10 college league games this year and recorded four wins, no losses, and an ERA of 1.70. In May, he left a strong impression with a nine-inning shutout against Gyeongseong. Starting resources that mix sliders, changeups, and curves in various ways with fastballs in the late 140km range. He has excellent control and has a solid physical condition (1m 85cm tall, 92kg weight). In the 2022 rookie draft, he was not restricted by any team, but his skills improved after entering college.
Coach Sung-joon said, “Jun-yong is from Gumi and graduated from Gyeongbuk High School. “It is all the more meaningful because I was chosen by my hometown team Samsung,” he said. “I don’t drink soda or alcohol (because of my health care). Jung Jin-han’s mind and attitude are professional,” he praised. Park Joon-yong is the second player in history to produce a draft pick at Suseong University after outfielder Hwang Ui-jun (KT Wiz) last year.
Suseong University baseball team is located in Manchon-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu. Founded in August 2019, the baseball team does not have a long history, but it is gradually producing results. Coach Sung-joon, who has been a senior coach of the SK Wyverns and a second-tier coach of the Samsung Lions, will help from December 2019. He will assist Kyungpook High School senior manager Seo Seok-jin and focus on training pitchers. Park Jun Yong is one of the results. Coach Sung said, “I don’t really want to talk about being a teacher and a student. I’m just an advisor to the players I’ve been connected to,” he lowered himself.
It is up to him to take care of the players who failed in the draft and to foster Park Joon-yong’s replacement selection. Coach Sung-joon said, “The supply and demand of players is always a challenge. “It’s very difficult,” he said. “Baseball seems everything at the moment, but it’s not like that in terms of life as a whole.” “I think it is the mindset that our players should have to continue various challenges (even if they were not nominated in the draft).”