How likely are KBO League Rookie of the Year Lee Jung-hoo (25, San Francisco Giants) likely to be on the ‘Rookie of the Year’ in the Major League as well.
Maria Guardado, who is in charge of the San Francisco club on the Major League Baseball’s official website MLB.com , said on the 28th (Korea time), “I think San Francisco players will win the National League Rookie of the Year award next year.”월카지노
San Francisco has produced a total of six Rookie of the Year awards so far. Willie Mays in 1951, Orlando Sepeda in 1958, Willie McCorvey in 1959, Gary Matthews in 1973, John Montehusco in 1975, and Buster Posey in 2010 saw Posey break the Rookie of the Year award for the first time in 35 years, but there has been no news since then for 13 years. “San Francisco has not produced a Rookie of the Year award since Posey in 2010, but it is in a good position to end the drought soon,” Guardado said. “We sent 12 prospects to the big league last season, and many of them will maintain their rookie status in 2024,” citing Lee Jung-hoo as a strong candidate for the Rookie of the Year along with left-hander Kyle Harrison (22) and shortstop Marco Luciano (22).
This is not the first time that Lee Jung-hoo has been selected as a candidate for next year’s Rookie of the Year award. CBS Sports selected Yamamoto Yoshinobu (25, LA Dodgers) as the wild card for the Rookie of the Year on the 14th of last month, even before applying for posting. At the time, CBS Sports said, “Lee Jung-hoo, a fast-footed center fielder with the highest level of contact ability, recorded a batting average of 0.340 and an on-base percentage of 0.407 slugging percentage in the KBO League.” His former teammate Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres) showed that KBO League batters can move to the Major League and perform above average. If Lee Jung-hoo can make a smooth soft landing, his secondary abilities can put him on the list of Rookie of the Year.”
Thanks to his highly regarded contact capability, his computer’s 2024 performance is not bad either. According to “Steamer,” a program published by the U.S. baseball statistics website FanGraph, Lee Jung-hoo’s performance in 2024 is expected to exceed the league average with a batting average of 0.291 in 133 games, 27 homers, 83 RBIs, nine steals, a slugging percentage of 0.354 and an on-base percentage of 0.431, and a wRC+ (adjusted score productivity and league average of 100).
It is a successful debut season even if the results are as expected, but it is ambiguous to guarantee the Rookie of the Year award. There are two main reasons.
First, awards such as Major League Rookie of the Year and Silver Slugger were generally in favor of players who hit many home runs. Among the rookie awards in the 21st century, only five out of 46 players won with 15 home runs or less. In 2020, when a 60-game season was shortened due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the number of players who received the American League Rookie of the Year award decreased to four.
Second, candidates for this year’s National League Rookie of the Year award are highly competitive. The strongest candidate is Yamamoto, who signed a 12-year, mega-contract of 325 million U.S. dollars and held an official press conference for joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. CBS Sports, which had previously nominated Lee Jung-hoo as a rookie of the year, said to Yamamoto, “He should come to the favorite league to win the ROY Award in whichever league this winter.”
Not only Yamamoto but also the National League next year has attracted a large number of promising players who are highly regarded in the entire Major League. Five of the top 10 prospects based on MLB.COM are eligible for the 2024 Rookie of the Year award. They include Jackson Churio (19, Milwaukee Brewers/outfielders), Paul Scennis (21, Pittsburgh Pirates/right-hander), Dylan Crews (21, Washington Nationals/outfielders), and even Jackson Merrill (20, San Diego Padres/outfielders), who is considered a player who will be called up immediately if Kim Ha-sung or Jake Cronenworth is traded to Jordan Roller (21, Arizona Diamondbacks/outfielders). Also, some Asian professional league players are more conservative about the concept of “middle and high school rookies,” which Lee Jung-hoo should overcome.
How Lee Jung-hoo, who has no slugging cap, wins the Rookie of the Year award is to show good performance in other areas such as high batting average, on-base percentage and stolen base. A case in point is Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. Ichiro went straight to the big league in 2001 and won the Rookie of the Year award with an overwhelming 0.350 (242 hits in 692 at-bats) with eight homers, 69 RBIs, 127 runs and 56 steals in 157 games along with Gold Glove defense, and an on-base percentage of 0.381 with an on-base plus slugging percentage of 0.457 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 0.838.
It is hard to expect the same performance as Ichiro from Lee Jung-hoo, who is currently rated as average in the league in defense and base running. However, there have been four other players besides Ichiro who proved that they can win the Rookie of the Year award just with their contact skills. The most notable case for his reference is Chris Coghlan, the winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award who played for the Florida Marlins (currently the Miami Marlins) in 2009. Considering that he is in the same outfielder and his season as the Rookie of the Year is his first year since debut, and that he has mainly played the leadoff role, he has strong conditions as Lee in 2024. Coghlan, who debuted in the big league in May 2009, had a batting average of 0.245 during 56 games in the first half, but his batting eye did not collapse with 30 walks and 41 strikeouts, leaving room for rebound in the second half.