The New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants, prestigious American Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs, are expected to enter the race to recruit Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes).
According to MLB Trade Rumors on the 21st (Korean time), reporter John Morosi appeared on MLB Network that day and predicted, “There is a high possibility that the Yankees and San Francisco will recruit Lee Jung-hoo.”
The media said, “It is not surprising that two teams are interested in Lee Jung-hoo. According to previous reports, San Francisco and the Yankees have sent scouts to see Lee Jung-hoo playing in the KBO League. Lee Jung-hoo is a player that both teams are known to be targeting this winter. “It conforms to,” he wrote.
Lee Jeong-hoo, who had an extraordinary start by setting new records for the most hits (179) and points (111) in a rookie player’s debut season in his first year in the KBO League in 2017, has steadily grown and stood tall as a representative player in the league. Last year, he won five awards, including batting average, hits, RBI, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, and was named the regular league’s best player (MVP).
As Lee Jeong-hoo announced early on that he would challenge the United States through the posting system after the 2023 season, interest from big league clubs continued. San Francisco General Manager Pete Purteller also visited Gocheok Dome in person last month.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted that Lee Jung-hoo will be a target for several teams. At the same time, he mentioned Lee Jung-hoo’s strengths, saying, “Lee Jung-hoo is young, and his contact skills and ability to recognize the strike zone are highly regarded.”
He then selected Kim Ha-seong’s team, the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, and Kansas City Royals, as clubs showing interest in Lee Jung-hoo.
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