Lee Jung-hoo’s value is increasing as the “FA batter ranking 8th” goes up
Lee Jung-hoo, 25, is becoming increasingly valuable as he declares his intention to play Major League Baseball (MLB). This time, he was ranked No. 8 on the list of 2024 free agent hitters.
MLB.com, MLB’s official website, announced the top 10 free agent hitters who will be highly compensated and signed in the upcoming free agency period through its official social media accounts on Sunday (KST) and listed Lee’s name as the eighth. The ranking is based on the hitters’ pure hitting ability.
MLB.com called Lee “the most obscure of the 10 hitters,” adding, “At just 25 years old, he has a tremendous record in the KBO, a compelling skill set, and a noteworthy baseball legacy.”
He went on to explain the origin of his nickname, “Grandson of the Wind. “Lee Jung-hoo is also known as the ‘Grandson of the Wind’ because his coach, legendary Korean shortstop Lee Jong-beom, was nicknamed ‘Son of the Wind’.”
Lee joined the Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom) in 2017 and has played seven seasons in the KBO until this season. In 884 professional games, he has a career batting average of .344 with 1,081 hits, 65 home runs, 515 RBIs, 581 runs scored, and 69 stolen bases.
“He is likely to make his way to the United States this winter,” the outlet said, adding, “There’s no telling how his talent will play out.” “In terms of potential, he could be higher than all batters except Shohei Ohtani,” the magazine concluded.토토사이트
Otani, the unanimous MVP, took first place overall. Second was Cody Bellinger, the resurgent 2019 National League Most Valuable Player, and third was J.D. Martinez, who hit 33 home runs and 103 RBIs this year.
Earlier, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) said, “We received a request from the MLB Secretariat for an identity check on LG’s Ko Woo-seok and Kiwoom’s Lee Jung-hoo on the 14th,” adding, “Today, we informed them that the players are members of the LG and Kiwoom clubs, respectively.” This is part of the process to get to MLB.
The team will now try to enter the U.S. through the posting system, a closed competitive bidding process in the winter. Predictions are already pouring in locally that Lee will sign a huge contract.
ESPN, an American sports channel, predicted on the 10th (KST) that Lee will sign a five-year, $63 million (approx. KRW 83 billion) contract. CBS Sports in the United States also predicted that “Lee will sign a six-year, $90 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.”