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Jung Woo-ram, Ryu Hyun-jin, and Moon Dong-joo: homework for the

“I plan to install the slider perfectly. “I need to build my body so that I can play all 144 games.”

The dream of Hwang Jun-seo, who was selected by the Hanwha Eagles as the first overall pick in the 2024 rookie draft, was to continue the lineage of Jung Woo-ram, Ryu Hyun-jin, and Moon Dong-ju. And to achieve his goal, he set himself the task of installing a slider and strengthening his physical strength.

Hwang Jun-seo, a graduate of Jangchung High School, was selected as the biggest rookie this year. He boasts an imposing physique of 187 cm and 80 kg, and he was a left-handed pitcher with high potential, recording 6 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 2.16 in 15 games (49.2 innings) in the high school league this year. During this period, his walks were only 16, and his strikeouts were a whopping 52. There were no home runs.

Hwang Jun-seo, who was recognized for these abilities, was selected by Hanwha as the first overall pick in the 2024 rookie draft. From the 1st to the 26th, he participated in Hanwha's Miyazaki Finishing Camp and took his first steps as a professional player.

He made it clear that his goal was to follow in the footsteps of Jeong Woo-ram, Ryu Hyun-jin, and Moon Dong-ju. After receiving the grand prize in the baseball category at the 2023 Futures Star Awards held at Gwanghwamun Building in Seoul on the 28th, Hwang Jun-seo said, “I want to be like Ryu Hyun-jin and Jung Woo-ram,” and “I wanted to receive it when I saw it posted on the Internet that senior Moon Dong-ju won Rookie of the Year.” “It got bigger,” he said.

To achieve this, Hwang Jun-seo made it a task to equip a slider and strengthen his physical strength. He “trained with his older brothers in Japan (at the Miyazaki Finishing Camp). He took good care of everything so I adapted quickly. I think my skills have improved a lot. He said, “I experienced the blue and white battle of pitching and dividing teams,” and “his older brothers’ goals were definitely good. He felt like he needed to change his ball mix a bit. He also responded very well to fast balls. I got hit with a lot of fastballs. “The slider is still only 50% full, so I’m thinking of installing it perfectly,” he said.

He said, “I think the physical aspect is very important. He added, “I think I will have to build up my stamina so that if I can play next year, I will be able to play in all 144 games.”

The biggest topic in professional baseball next year is the Automatic Ball-Strike System (ABS) and the pitch clock for quick progress of the game. Among them, Hwang Jun-seo experienced ABS during high school baseball. Currently, high school baseball has introduced ABS in some games.

Regarding this, Hwang Jun-seo said, “Personally, I felt a lot of difficulty in the beginning. There are also some unsettling aspects. “But if you get used to it, it will be a lot better,” he said. “(The coaching staff) said that the upper and lower strike zones will expand. He explained, “He adjusted to that part and pitched.”

Kim Seo-hyun, the 2023 overall No. 1 rookie, is helping Hwang Jun-seo both physically and mentally to adapt quickly. Hwang Jun-seo” (Kim) Seohyun taught her brother a lot of things to take care of in order to adapt. He expressed his gratitude, saying, “Thanks to this, I have adapted to a certain extent.”

Hwang Jun-seo continued to express his desire to experience various positions. He said, “I want to have a long run like senior Jung Woo-ram. “I want to work in various positions, such as starting and finishing,” he said. “I will do whatever you ask me to do.” Throwing a ball is so much fun. “It’s good to throw for a long time, but it’s also good to make it short and throw every day,” he said, expressing his determination.

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