The comeback trio, who extended their active duty through the KT joining test, were named to the first team spring camp roster side by side. For those dreaming of resurrection, the opportunity to show off their skills in front of director Lee Kang-cheol has come.
On the 25th, KT announced that “the team will hold a spring camp in Tucson, Arizona, USA for 33 days from February 1st to March 5th.” A total of 52 people, including coach Lee Kang-cheol, who is in his 5th season at KT, and 12 coaching staff and 40 players, will participate in the camp. We plan to enhance our sense of practice through the evaluation match against Su.
Lee Sang-ho (34), Cho Yi-hyeon (28), and Park Seon-woo (26), who were released, were listed on the 40-man roster for the first team camp. These are new faces who lost their nest for a while after the end of the 2022 season and became members of KT through an entrance test. Lee Sang-ho is a veteran multi-resource who can play any position in the infield, and Cho Yi-hyeon and Park Seon-woo are evaluated as having the ability to add strength to the bullpen.
Lee Sang-ho graduated from Daegu Sangwon High School and Gangneung Yeongdong University and joined the pro in 2010 as a training player for Lotte. After that, he struggled to extend his active career as an NC training player again through SK, and settled down with the long-awaited debut in the first team in 2013. Although he was mainly in charge of backup, he quietly did his part with a stable defense and quick feet. Afterwards, he moved the team to LG through a trade in November 2020 and played two seasons, and after being released from LG on November 8 last year, he was called by KT, who needed reinforcements in the infield.
Cho Ei-hyun left Jeju High School and was nominated 47th in the 2nd round of the 5th round by Hanwha in the 2014 rookie draft. At that time, his name was Jo Young-woo. His amateur days were glamorous. He took on a one-two punch with Lim Ji-seop (former LG) at Jeju High School, and at the same time stood out in batting, winning the Lee Young-min batting award in 2013 with a batting average of 4.6 and 7.
The wall of a pro who started as a pitcher was high. In the first year of his debut, his average earned run average of 10.64 was sluggish, and he played in all seven games in two seasons, and regardless of his will, he became SK Man as a compensation player for Jung Woo-ram, who signed a free agent contract with Hanwha in December 2015. After that, he showed potential in the business, but after the discharge, he suffered an elbow injury along with sluggishness, and on October 7 of last year, he was given a waiver notice.
Park Seon-woo, who graduated from Busan High School, was a right-handed prospect who was nominated in the first round by Lotte in the 2016 rookie draft. His name at the time was Park Jong-moo. Although he was noticed for his skills and outstanding appearance, his first team appearance was the match against Gocheok Kiwoom on September 26, 2021. He seldom reached his potential and spent seven years in the 2nd Army virtually, and his military service was also fulfilled on active duty. After recovering from a shoulder injury last year, Park Seon-woo played 22 games in the Futures League and was suddenly notified of his release while playing the education league. 스포츠토토
KT’s expectations for the comeback trio are high. Although he was shunned by his former team, it is a view that KT will be different. KT’s infield lacks back-up resources due to Shim Woo-jun’s military enlistment and Park Kyung-soo’s aging, and the bullpen resources are more than enough. I needed an immediate sense of power to prevent Pil Seung-jo from overloading, but just in time, Jo Yi-hyeon and Park Seon-woo appeared on the market and immediately recruited them. Coach Lee Kang-cheol expressed his expectations by highly appreciating the skills of the three players in Iksan.
A trio of transfer students who left behind the pain of the past and made a fresh start at KT side by side. Attention is focusing on whether they will be able to spread the wings of resurrection at Suwon KT Wiz Park with the eye painting of director Lee Kang-cheol.