It was evaluated that the real stars of the WBC Korean national team were catcher Yang Eui-ji, third baseman Choi Jeong, and outfielder Lee Jeong-hoo.
Pinstripe Alley, a New York Yankees fan site, emphasized on the 6th (local time), “In Korea, major leaguers Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres and Tommy Edman of the St. Louis Cardinals stand out, but the real stars are the catcher, third baseman, and outfielder.” 안전놀이터
This site introduced “Yang Eui-ji as Korea’s starting catcher,” and “He is one of the best catchers in KBO history, having been selected as the MVP twice.”
“Third baseman Choi Jeong resembles Nelson Cruz, who has forever competed at the highest level, recording an OPS of .917 in 18 KBO seasons and still hitting .890 last year,” he said.
He also said, “Lee Jung-hoo, who played all three outfield positions in 2022 and recorded a .996 OPS, is the KBO MVP.”
Pinstripe Alley said, “The pitching staff isn’t as dominant as the offense, but Korea will be one of the most exciting teams in the tournament.”
He also added, “In American baseball, you may think of Korea as Japan’s little brother in international competitions, but Korea boasts excellent skills, so it will pass the group stage.”
Korea has been humiliated by being eliminated from the WBC preliminary round twice in a row, but it is aiming to advance to the semifinals in this tournament.
In the first round held in Tokyo, Japan, Korea will face off against rival Japan on the 10th following the game against Australia on the 9th.