SSG Landers is the team that won the Wyei to Wire last year in the regular season and defeated the Korean Series again.
Therefore, the nomination rights had to be exercised last in each round. However, this was also reflected in a unique nomination strategy. Another notable aspect is that, like LG, who did not have a first-round pick, he was drafted in the upper round as a fielder. SSG Landers selects shortstop Park Ji-hwan and outfielder Lee Seung-min first,
the optimal combination amid irregularities.
In the 2024 rookie draft held at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on the 14th, SSG Landers selected the following players.
1st round: Segwang High School infielder Park Ji-hwan (youth national team)
2nd round: Whimoon High School outfielder Lee Seung-min (youth national team)
3rd round: Cheonggo High School pitcher Park Ki-ho (youth national team)
4th round: Dongsan High School-Busan University of Science and Technology pitcher Hyun-
seok Choi 5th round: Kanglong High School-Dongguk University pitcher Jeong Jun-jae
6th round: Deoksu High School-Inha University outfielder Jeong Hyun-
seung Round 7: Whimoon High School-Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies pitcher Park Seong-
bin Round 8: Deoksu
High School outfielder Baek Jun-seo Round 9: Raon High School-Songwon University pitcher Yoon Seong-
bo Round 10: Gongju High School-Yeoju University catcher Kim Gyu-min
Round 11: Chungam High School pitcher Byun Geon-woo
Like LG, they chose a fielder in the upper round. The selection of Sekwang High School shortstop Park Ji-hwan, who was selected for the youth national team and showed good batting ability, and ‘Little Lee Byeong-gyu’ Lee Seung-min, who was also selected for the youth national team, was a good combination.
Every year when the draft comes, SSG has been concerned about the shortstop position. So, we conducted various experiments while selecting the best shortstop talent that year, but there was no viable alternative until Park Seong-han emerged. This year, as if they were trying to solve that problem, they boldly selected infielder Park Ji-hwan, who could be paired with Park Seong-han, in the first round. He has a good hitting feel and a good defensive range, so he is a diamond in the rough that could quickly make it to the first team stage.
‘Little Red Toma’ Lee Seung-min, who is also famous as the son of Samsung coach Lee Byeong-gyu, is also attracting attention as a talent who can bring new strength to SSG’s aging outfield line. He is highly likely to grow into a 5-tool player and can take charge of SSG’s outfield after Choo Shin-soo. He exudes a similar charm to his father during his days at Jangchung High School, so we have high expectations for him.
SSG’s pitcher selection was made consecutively only in the 3rd to 5th rounds. In addition to sidearm Park Ki-ho, Choi Hyun-seok and Jeong Jun-jae were selected as college pitchers. Park Ki-ho, who was selected for the high school vs. college all-star game and even the youth national team, is안전놀이터 a sidearm pitcher with a very dirty ball, while Choi Hyun-seok and Jeong Jun-jae, who performed well in the U-League, can be used right away. We must have high expectations for the performance of the new players after going through spring camp and other events.
SSG later selected three more pitchers in the lower rounds and announced its intention to develop a total of six pitchers into rookies. The main characters are Cyber Foreign College pitcher Park Seong-bin, Songwon University pitcher Yoon Seong-bo, and Chungam High School pitcher Byun Geon-woo. Since all three have quite distinct pros and cons, the consensus is that 2 to 3 years will be needed.
After the 5th round, 2 outfielders and 1 catcher were selected. Inha University outfielder Jeong Hyun-seung and E-Mart Cup MVP Deoksu High School Baek Jun-seo must now engage in friendly competition, regardless of their common denominator as Deoksu High School alumni. Kim Gyu-min of Yeoju University, who was the only catcher selected, could be called up quickly depending on his efforts due to the team’s poor home situation.