And with superstars… A college graduate rookie from the strongest baseball, transforms into an infielder for one day 

Rookie Yoo Hyeon-in (23), who graduated from KT, enjoyed the honor of stepping on the ground with superstars again following the JTBC baseball entertainment program ‘Strongest Baseball’.

The Korean WBC baseball team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, conducted training on the 2nd day at the main stadium of Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA on the 17th (hereafter Korean time). Korea will have its first practice game against NC Dinos at 5:00 am. 

Between the national team’s field team, two young players wearing KT Wiz’s spring camp training clothes stood out. Infielder Son Min-seok and 7th round infielder Yoo Hyeon-in, who were nominated in the 3rd round by KT in the 바카라2023 KBO Rookie Draft, were the main characters. 

Why did they train with the national team players? According to a KBO official we met at the site, the national team requested the dispatch of players to the KT club, which is the day of training break, to recruit infielders for practice games. 

Korea has only five infielders: Choi Jeong, Kim Hye-seong, Oh Ji-hwan, Park Byeong-ho, and Kang Baek-ho, as the Keystone combination of Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) is holding a spring camp for their team. Accordingly, Hyun-in Yoo and Min-seok Son transformed into daily infielders for the national team to facilitate the practice game. 

In the case of Yoo Hyeon-in, he gained recognition by playing an active part as an infielder in the JTBC baseball entertainment program ‘Strongest Baseball’. At the time, he grew up with the advice of great baseball players such as Park Yong-taek, Jeong Geun-woo, Yu Hee-gwan, Jung Sung-hoon, and Shim Soo-chang, and even after he joined the pros, he was able to have another unforgettable experience with superstars.

Along with Yoo Hyun-in and Son Min-seok, KT also dispatches catcher Kang Hyeon-woo to a practice match against NC. Kang Hyeon-woo supports national team catchers Yang Eui-ji and Lee Ji-young. 

The practice game against NC will be played in 7 innings. In order to adapt to the actual battle, mud was applied to the WBC official ball, Lee Jung-hoo (center fielder) – Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) – Choi Jeong (third baseman) – Park Byeong-ho (designated hitter) – Kim Hyun-soo (left fielder) – Na Seong-beom (right fielder) – Kang Baek-ho ( 1st baseman) – Lee Ji-young (catcher) – Kim Hye-seong (2nd baseman), the lineup will sortie. The starting pitcher is Kwang-Hyun Kim.

From the stands, scouts from six major league teams, including the San Francisco, New York Mets, LA Dodgers, Texas, Boston, and Detroit, watch the game. 

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