Genius shortstop, 39-year-old, 1st nominee to join the military… Attention, Doosan field commander, 4.6 billion FA compensator
Through the closing camp in Icheon, Doosan has found a successor to Kim Jae-ho (38), a genius shortstop. Although Ahn Jae-seok (21), the “first rising star,” was expected to weaken his power, Park Joon-young (26), who joined as a compensation player, showed improved skills and expressed his prospects for shortstop position next season.
One of the tasks for Doosan to make a leap forward in the 2024 season is finding key shortstop. Genius shortstop Kim Jae-ho has served as field commander for a whopping 10 years, but now he will turn 39 next year, and Ahn Jae-seok, who had high expectations for post-Kim Jae-ho, has decided to join the active military with a batting average of 2206 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 222 games in three seasons.
Kim Jae-ho’s extension of his active duty will be confirmed and he will play the shortstop position next year, but “Juju Kim Jae-ho” is not the scenario Doosan wants. Like KT Wiz second baseman Park Kyung-soo, Kim Jae-ho also plays a mental support role for the bench and ground, and must pass on know-how to his juniors to reveal the future of the team.
Then, next year should be the real post of Kim Jae-ho, and Lee Seung-yeop discovered a candidate to succeed a genius shortstop in the recently completed closing camp in Icheon. He is Park Joon-young, who became a member of Doosan Bears as a compensation player.
After graduating from Gyeonggi High School, Park received the first NC Dinos nomination in the 2016 rookie draft. At that time, he was a promising pitcher who threw fastballs in the mid-140km/h range. Since then, Park had a chance with one win, three losses and a 6.95 ERA in 32 games in the first year, but he underwent elbow surgery in the second half of this season, and decided to turn into a batter while serving in the military as a social service worker.
Park has been holding the bat since the 2020 season. As for defense, he played both pitching and shortstop positions when he was in high school, so he played shortstop without much difficulty. However, he failed to stand out in large part and left behind poor performance with 109 hits in 277 with 12 homers, 53 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 221 games before moving to Doosan. In the 2022 season, he only posted a batting average of 216 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 75 games.
Park Joon-young wore Doosan’s uniform as a compensation player for Park Se-hyuk, who became an FA in December last year and signed a four-year, 4.6 billion won contract with NC. He received news of his transfer during his rehabilitation after undergoing shoulder dislocation surgery two months before his nomination, and he finally made his Doosan debut in early July as he showed rapid recovery, contrary to his eight-month rehabilitation findings. This year’s record was only 228 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 51 games, but he hit hard 333 with a batting average for a month in July, foreshadowing his success as a compensation player. 랭크카지노
How did Park impress the coach during the closing camp? “Park stood out in batting. He has improved a lot. He is such a strong player that his practice attitude, hard work, and quality exceeded expectations through the closing camp. I have high expectations for him again next year,” manager Lee Seung-yeop said.