Sunday Mar 26, 2023

1R catcher prospect named by LG, why was he left out of the spring camp roster?

 Rookie, a promising catcher who will be responsible for the future LG home room, was not included in the first team spring camp roster. 

KBO League teams prepared for the season by training at domestic camps in 2021 and 2022 without conducting overseas training. This year, 10 clubs are leaving overseas spring camps for the first time in three years.

LG set up a spring camp at the San Francisco Giants Baseball Complex located in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The main base starts on January 30th, and some players leave for personal training first. 

LG’s U.S. spring camp roster was finalized with 43 players. In the second half of the camp, the number of people was decided considering the fact that six national team players (Kim Hyun-soo, Oh Ji-hwan, Park Hae-min, Ko Woo-seok, Jung Woo-young, and Kim Yun-sik) were left out due to the WBC team convocation training.

LG was satisfied that they picked better-than-expected resources in the 2023 rookie draft. In the first round, prospective catcher Kim Bum-seok was nominated, and in the subsequent rounds, pitcher resources that he had been eyeing were also nominated. Among the rookie players, only one was included on the US spring training roster.

The only player participating in the first-team camp as a rookie is not first-round prospect Kim Bum-seok. Kim Beom-seok is not feeling well, so he participates in the 2nd Army Camp held in Korea (Icheon LG Champions Park).

Cha Myung-seok, general manager of LG, said, “Kim Bum-seok has a problem with shoulder fatigue. He said (when he was in high school) that he referred to it a bit. It’s not a huge problem though, it’s mild enough. (Spring Camp) plans to focus on batting in the second group,” he explained. 

In order to protect the shoulder, do not overdo the throwing, and focus on batting training. It is better not to unreasonably accompany him to the 1st team camp, which includes physical fitness and practice games. 

After being nominated, new players undergo various medical examinations to identify areas of fatigue accumulated during high school or signs of injury. In the case of a pitcher, if there is a slight problem in the shoulder or elbow, rehabilitation after joining the team is given priority.  토토

At the time of the rookie draft, general manager Cha made the first round nomination and praised him, saying, “I chose Kim Bum-seok. I think the proper name Kim Bum-seok will become synonymous with Korean baseball.” He was very satisfied with the appointment of a large catcher. He must look into the distant future and protect his physical condition with care.

Kim Beom-seok played in 25 games in his senior year of high school last year, recording a batting average of 303 07 (28 hits in 83 at-bats), 10 home runs, 31 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .759, and an OPS of 1.227. This is the record for the most home runs in a season in high school since using a wooden bat. He won the 6th Lee Man-soo Home Run Award. He played as number 4 hitter for the U-18 youth team. 

LG’s only new player is pitcher Park Myeong-geun. Park Myeong-keun was nominated by LG in the third round. He is a sidearm pitcher, on the short side (174cm), and he throws a fast ball that can go over 150km.

The LG scout team said of Park Myeong-geun, “He has a fast ball speed and good power at the tip of the ball. He is a stable player with good crisis management skills as well as an aggressive look on the mound,” he explained.


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