Director Lee Seung-yeop “Satisfied”, Director Kim Won-hyung “Disappointed” Joys and sorrows mixed with Kim Taek-yeon, the ‘second-ranked’ from Incheon
The two coaches had mixed feelings for right-hander Kim Taek-yeon, who joined the Doosan Bears as the second-ranked player in the 2024 KBO League draft.
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said of Kim Taek-yeon, who was selected in the rookie draft ahead of the home game against the SSG Landers at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 14th, “He is a pitcher who can play well in both starting and saving positions.”
Doosan General Manager Kim Tae-ryong, who holds the second-ranked nomination overall, sang “Kim Taek-yeon” in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the same day, saying, “He has been steadily doing well since this spring without injury. He was convinced that he would play a key resource for Doosan as early as two or three years.
Kim Taek-yeon said on stage that day, “There are still many shortcomings and things to learn. “I will grow up quickly and throw the ball on the mound in Jamsil,” he said. Kim Taek-yeon, who overwhelmed batters with 7 wins, 1 loss, and a 1.13 ERA in 13 games with a fastball of 150 kilometers per hour on the high school stage, was also active in six games and 16 innings with a 0.88 ERA amid controversy over five consecutive pitches.In response, SSG coach Kim Won-hyung did not hide his regret. If the first draft of the nomination based on regional ties was maintained, SSG could have given priority to Kim Taek-yeon, a student at Incheon High School. The system has been abolished since last year, and the full draft system is currently in effect.
Head coach Kim said, “It’s a pity that we can’t bring Kim Taek-yeon, who is an immediate power manager, from Incheon High School, but these days, we often select a player who can play in the first division immediately in the first round.” He explained, “The resources to enter the professional league with complete skills are increasing.”
SSG, which exercised its nomination right as the 10th place in the first round, chose Park Ji-hwan, the third advertiser, and called the fielder’s name for the first time among the 10 clubs. Head coach Kim said, “The team needs a young infielder. I saw the video, and he is tall and has fast feet, so he will be able to grow further if he builds up his strength, he said. “He analyzes that he has the best contact skills among new players this time.” “I have high expectations because of my good defense based on my physical conditions,” he said.