Jang Hyun-seok’s promise: “I want to play in the WBC and Premier12 next”
Jang Hyun-seok (18-Masan Yongmago), who became the first high school student to be selected for the national team at an Asian Games in history, said he will compete at the next international level.
Speaking to reporters after returning home with the national team through Incheon Airport on Monday, Jang said, “Of course I want to go to international competitions. Being a Korean national team player is definitely a position to be proud of. If they call me enough, I can respond,” he said, adding, “I have a desire to go to the WBC or Premier 12 with my seniors and do well.”
Jang Hyun-seok, the No. 1 pitcher in high school, decided to go overseas instead of playing in the KBO and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 카지노사이트킴 There was some controversy over his injury as he did not pitch in practice before being called up to the national team, but he proved his fitness by throwing a 150-kilometer fastball in a practice game. At the Hangzhou Asian Games, he pitched in the first game of the preliminary round against Hong Kong and the Super Round against China.
In the top of the seventh inning with a 3-0 lead against Hong Kong on the first day, he gave up a hard-hit ball to the leadoff batter, but then struck out two more batters to keep the game scoreless, and in the bottom of the eighth inning with an 8-0 lead against China on the sixth day, he gave up a hit to the first batter and a triple two batters later to give up a run. Jang Hyun-seok scored South Korea’s only run of the day.
“I would give myself a score of about 80,” Jang said of his pitching at the Asian Games, “but there were some things that were disappointing in the first game against China.”
Playing with professional seniors at the Asian Games was eye-opening. “I felt a lot of things,” Jang said, “and when I saw their balls, I felt that amateur balls are just amateur balls. The world of the pros was different, from warming up to weight training, everything was different. I watched my seniors and thought about what I would do when I got to the U.S.,” he said.
“My brothers are amateurs, and it’s a big deal that they were selected, but they gave me a lot of praise for throwing well, and they told me that they all struggled, and they encouraged me to work hard and go up (to the major leagues) and do really well in the U.S.” Jang Hyun-seok revealed that he wants to go to the big leagues as soon as possible.
“I want to visit my elementary and middle school teachers and spend time with friends I haven’t seen in a while,” said Jang, who hasn’t yet set a schedule for when he’ll be in the United States.