Son of Samsung Lions Coach Lee Byeong-gyu Selected in 2024 KBO Rookie Draft
Lee Seung-min, son of Samsung Lions coach Lee Byeong-gyu, expresses excitement following his selection in the second round of the SSG Landers in the ‘2024 KBO Rookie Draft’.
Lee Seung-min, a student at Whimoon High School and son of Samsung Lions coach Lee Byeong-gyu, known as the ‘Red Toma’, shared his thoughts after being chosen as the 20th overall pick in the second round of the ‘2024 KBO Rookie Draft’. The draft took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 14th.
The selection of Lee Seung-min by the SSG Landers was seen as a significant move, as he is highly regarded for his potential to follow in the footsteps of his father and Whimoon High School alumni, Lee Jeong-hoo of the Kiwoom Heroes. The SSG team selected Seung-min Lee as their pick in the second round, recognizing his talent and promising future in the league.
SSG, who secured the 10th pick in the draft after their outstanding performance in the previous season, focused on strengthening their team with closers rather than pitchers in the early rounds. Lee Seung-min, being one of the top three promising outfielders in the draft, was expected to be selected early on. Throughout his high school career, he maintained an impressive batting average of 0.303, with 2 home runs, 28 RBIs, 21 runs, and 2 stolen bases. He boasted an on-base percentage of 0.405, a slugging percentage of 0.508, and an OPS of 0.913. Additionally, as a junior, he continued to perform well, with a batting average of 0.328, 1 home run, 16 RBIs, 11 runs, 2 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.905 in 19 games. His exceptional batting skills, combined with his physical prowess, make him a player with great potential for development.
Kim Seong-yong, the general manager of SSG, expressed his satisfaction with the selection of Seung-min Lee, stating that he believed Lee would have been chosen before the second round. He expressed his certainty that Lee would continue the Whimoon High School dynasty, which includes notable players like Lee Jeong-hoo and Min-seok Kim of the Lotte Giants. Kim Seong-yong emphasized Lee’s understanding of the center-of-gravity batting style and his potential to become a powerful hitter in the professional league.
In an interview during the draft, Seungmin Lee expressed his gratitude for being selected by SSG, a reputable team. He acknowledged that his passion for baseball was instilled in him by his father and expressed his determination to deliver exceptional performances as part of the SSG team. He humbly mentioned his honor in being selected in a high position and vowed to work harder to leave a lasting impact on the team’s history.
Park Ji-hwan, a player from Segwang High School, also shared his thoughts following his selection as the 10th overall pick in the first round by the SSG Landers. Park Ji-hwan, who competed in the recently concluded World Youth World Cup, became the first outfielder to be chosen in the draft. SSG identified Park as an outstanding infielder with strong offensive, defensive, and baserunning skills. They highlighted his powerful shoulders, excellent throwing ability, and consistent results in batting.
Park Ji-hwan expressed his joy and appreciation for being selected early by the SSG Landers. He conveyed his confidence in his bat control and base running abilities, emphasizing his continuous efforts to achieve impressive results. Park also expressed his aspiration to become an exemplary athlete for others.
The later rounds of the draft focused on nominations that would contribute immediately in the upcoming season and potentially become key players in the Cheongna Dome era. College players with physical strength, experience, and power were highly regarded, with an emphasis on selecting players from two-year colleges and early draft players.
Among the nominations in the later rounds were pitcher Ki-ho Park from Cheongju High School, pitcher Hyun-seok Choi from Busan National University of Science and Technology, outfielder Jun-jae Jeong from Dongguk University, outfielder Hyun-seung Jeong from Inha University, pitcher Park Seong-bin from Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and outfielder Jun-seo Baek from Deoksu High School, among others.
After completing the rookie draft, SSG expressed their satisfaction with the selected players, stating that they are pleased with their planned nominations. They anticipate that the new players will play a central role in the team’s transition and success in the coming seasons.
Source: Sogong-dong News Star | Reporter: Kim Dong-yoon | Date: 2023.09.14 18:37
Sogong-dong News Star = Reporter Kim Dong-yoon | 2023.09.14 18:37
Lee Seung-min (Whimoon High School), son of Samsung Lions coach Lee Byeong-gyu, the ‘Red Toma’, gives his thoughts after being selected 20th overall in the second round of the SSG Landers in the ‘2024 KBO Rookie Draft’ held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 14th. /Photo=1SSG News Landers felt that Lee Seung-min (18, Whimoon High School), the eldest son of Red Terror Lee Byeong-gyu (49), the current head coach of the Samsung Lions first team, was a big shot. He was highly evaluated as having the potential to follow in the footsteps of not only his father, but also his senior at Whimoon High School, Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes). SSG selected Seung-min Lee as the 20th overall second round pick in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul at 2 pm on the 14th.
SSG, who received the 10th pick in this draft after winning the league wire-to-wire last year and dominating the Korea Series, adopted a strategy that focused on reinforcing closers rather than pitchers in the upper rounds. Lee Seung-min, who was evaluated as one of the top three promising outfielders in this draft, was expected to be drafted as early as the second round. He recorded a high school career batting average of 0.303, 2 home runs, 28 RBI, 21 runs, 2 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of 0.405, a slugging percentage of 0.508, and an OPS of 0.913. This year, as junior, he also performed well with a 0.328 batting average, 1 home run, 16 RBI, 11 runs, 2 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.905 in 19 games. Because he was. Within the SSG team, it was evaluated that “He has excellent batting strengths and has the ability to handle balls that break beyond high school level. Also, with his excellent physical condition, he has great expectations in the long shot category and has the potential for development.”
SSG general manager Kim Seong-yong, whom we met right after the draft, also told Star News, “I thought Seung-min Lee would go out before the second round, but he turned out to be straight to our turn as if he wanted to be. our player.” He continued, “From my perspective, I think he’s a player who will continue the Whimoon High School dynasty that goes back to Jeong-hoo Lee and Min-seok Kim (19, Lotte Giants). He’s a player who understands the center-of-gravity batting style well, so I think he’ll become a big hitter in the pros as long as he positions well.” expectations were expressed.
In an interview during the draft, Seungmin Lee said, “I am very grateful to be selected by a good team called SSG. My father was the reason I started playing baseball. I am grateful for being raised as this. Even though we were on different teams, our hearts were always in the same place.” “I think so. I will do my best to show a good performance in the first team starting next year,” he said. He later expressed his thoughts throughout the club, saying, “It is an honor to be nominate in high order and I will work harder. I have great confidence in my batting and I want to become a player who will leave his name in the history of the team.”
Park Ji-hwan (Segwang High School) gives his thoughts after being selected as No. 10 overall in the first round by SSG Landers in the ‘2024 KBO Rookie Draft’ held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung- gu , Seoul on the 14th. /Photo = Players nominated by Newsis SSG and the front office take a group photo at the ‘2024 KBO Rookie Draft’ held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 14th. /Photo = SSG Landers SSG previously nominated Park Ji-hwan (18, Se-gwang High School), who played in the recently concluded World Youth World Cup, at number 10 in the first round. He was the first outfielder selected in this draft. SSG explained, “Park Ji-hwan is an excellent infielder with three basic skills in attack, defense, and base. He has strong shoulders and excellent throwing ability. In addition, he has excellent contact ability in batting and has achieved consistent results through all year round.”
Park Ji-hwan said, “I feel good going out first among the fencers, and I will work hard as they have trusted me and selected me. I can’t believe it and I’ n very happy to have been nominated by a good club called SSG earlier than expected.I have confidence in my bat control and base running and have been working hard to achieve good results and working hard since joining the team.” “I want to become a player who becomes an example to others when it comes to sport,” he said of his nomination.
The middle-lower round focused on nominating players who can be used immediately as a force next season, but who can jump into a starting role in the Cheongna Dome era in the medium to long term. Accordingly, the physical strength, experience, power and desperation of college players were highly evaluated, and emphasis was placed on nominating two-year college players and early draft players.
From the 3rd round, pitcher Ki-ho Park (Cheongju High School), pitcher Hyun-seok Choi (Busan National University of Science and Technology), outfielder Jun-jae Jeong (Dongguk University), outfielder Hyun-seung Jeong (Inha University), pitcher Park Seong-bin (Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), outfielder Jun-seo Baek (Deoksu High School), pitcher Seong-bo Yoon (Songwon University), The nominations were completed in the respectively: catcher Kim Gyu-min (Yeoju University), and pitcher Byeon Geon-woo (Chungam High School).
After completing the rookie draft, SSG said, “We are happy to be able to nominate the players we have planned. The new players will be able to become central to the team’s generational change in the mid-term to the season long.”
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