These are the words of a Doosan Bears scout official who observed Kim Taek-yeon (19), a right-handed fireballer in his third year at Incheon High School. Kim Taek-yeon throws a fastball with a maximum speed of 150 km this year, and in the 2024 KBO League rookie draft to be held on the 14th of next month, Jang Hyun-seok (18, Masan Yongma High School) Hwang Jun-seo (18, Jangchung High School) Jeon Mir (18, Gyeongbuk High School) Cho Dae-hyeon (18, Gangneung High School) Kim Hwi-gun (18, Whimoon High School) Yuk Seon-yeop (18, Jangchung High School) was named on the list of influential players for the first round.
Jang Hyun-seok (18, Masan Yongmago), the biggest fish, gave up applying for the KBO rookie draft on the 1st and signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a deposit of 900,000 dollars (approximately 1.1 billion won) on the 9th, causing a change in perception of the top nominations. The Hanwha Eagles, who had the right to pick overall, 토토 turned to Hwang Jun-seo, a lefty from Jangchung High School, as they were unable to nominate Hyun-seok Jang.
After hearing the news of Jang Hyun-seok’s major league challenge, Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho said, “Hwang Jun-seo looks good too. I don’t know who it will be, but if it’s regrettable, I have to find the next best solution.”
Doosan holds the second overall pick. While achieving the great goal of advancing to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years from 2015 to 2021, the Doosan scout team had to suffer secretly because they only had the 9th or 10th nomination right in their hands. It is regrettable that Doosan fell to the lowest ranking since its inception with 9th place last season, but it was a good news for the scout team that obtained the top nomination right after a long time.
Doosan also had no choice but to find the next best solution as Hwang Jun-seo’s move to Hanwha became influential. But the atmosphere isn’t bad. When I asked a Doosan official if he felt sorry for Hwang Jun-seo because it was difficult to embrace him, he said, “They say there are so many good pitchers.”
Among them, Taekyeon Kim stands out the most. Kim Taek-yeon’s most attractive feature is his heavy fastball that can reach up to 150km. A Doosan scout official said, “The pitch is very good. There is power at the end of the ball. The vertical and horizontal movement is excellent, and in Doosan, the ball is as good as finisher Hong Kun-hee. The fastball has a surging feeling. The ball movement is better than Jang Hyun-seok.” .
Kim Taek-yeon is playing an active role as Incheon High’s all-weather ace regardless of starting pitcher or bullpen this year. He pitched in 12 games, where he went 6-1 with a 1.11 earned run average in 57 innings pitched. He struck out 88 while giving up only 9 on 4 pitches, and his control power was remarkable. Kim Taek-yeon has been consistently producing good pitches, such as leading Incheon High School to advance to the semifinals of the Presidential Cup.
Doosan is keenly aware of what choice Hanwha will make. This is because the entire draft strategy may be modified depending on Hanwha’s choice.
A Doosan scout official said, “We are looking at many pitching prospects such as Hwang Jun-seo, Kim Taek-yeon, and Yuk Seon-yeop. This is because we do not know what Hanwha will choose. We will think hard until the draft.”
Kim Taek-yeon is sweating with the goal of recording a maximum speed of 155 km before graduating from high school. Attention is focusing on whether Doosan will be able to have a fastball right-hander following Hong Kun-hee, Lee Young-ha, Jeong Cheol-won, and Kwak Bin.