Jang Hyun-seok (19), the only amateur player on the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) baseball team, will compete in action on the 16th. The national team’s coaching staff also plans to keep an eye on Jang Hyun-seok as he prepares for actual matches ahead of the national team call-up next week.
On the 15th, Cho Gye-hyun, Chairman of the KBO Power Strengthening Committee, said, “I understand that Jang Hyun-seok will be playing a practice game tomorrow. “The national team coaches will go and see Jang Hyun-seok’s pitching,” he said. “He must join the national team in good condition. “In the meantime, the strength improvement committee members or the national team coaches have been checking from time to time, but this time, since it is a real game, they must be checked.”
Jang Hyun-seok, who was considered the biggest high school player this year, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $900,000 last month. Prior to signing the contract, the Dodgers promised to actively support Jang Hyun-seok’s participation in future international competitions. Hangzhou AG’s participation has already been approved by the Dodgers. Jang Hyun-seok is expected to begin training at the Dodgers facility after October.
However, Jang Hyun-seok’s joining the AG national team has not yet been completely confirmed. As Chairman Cho said, we plan to check the condition until the end and convene the national team on the 23rd. As Jang Hyun-seok’s last official pitch was on August 5, there is a need to final check Jang Hyun-seok’s condition ahead of the international competition.
If he receives a passing grade in the actual test on the 16th, attention will also be focused on Jang Hyun-seok’s position in the national team. When the national team was first formed, it was expected that Jang Hyun-seok would play the role of a starting pitcher who could play long innings in games against teams excluding Taiwan and Japan. Otherwise, it is unclear whether he will be able to pitch as a starter as he has had a gap in practice recently.
Aside from Jang Hyun-seok, this is a national team with many variables. NC Koo Chang-mo, who left due to injury, also recently played against LG in Jamsil on June 2nd. Koo Chang-mo will also appear in the Futures League game at Masan Stadium on the 16th. National team coach Ryu Joong-il and chairman Cho Gye-hyun plan to watch Koo Chang-mo pitch in person.스포츠토토
Lee Jung-hoo, who suffered a left ankle injury in the game against Sajik Lotte on July 22 and had to undergo surgery, could not avoid participating in the national team. At the time of his injury, the diagnosis was that recovery would take three months, and he is currently focusing on post-surgical rehabilitation. The Power Strengthening Committee is also steadily looking at a replacement for Lee Jeong-hoo’s departure.
The national team roster is expected to be confirmed by the 22nd at the latest. At this time, it will also be decided whether Lee Jung-hoo’s replacement and Jang Hyun-seok and Koo Chang-mo will be finally brought on board. If Jang Hyun-seok and Koo Chang-mo are not in a settlement condition, their replacements will also be decided by the 22nd.
The national team will be convened on the 23rd and begin its first training at Gocheok Dome on the 23rd. Then, they will begin combat on the 26th and leave for Hangzhou, China on the 28th. The national team’s first game will be against Hong Kong on October 1. Assuming they advance to the finals, a total of 6 games will be played until the finals on October 7th.