The NC Dinos selected a high school left hander as the first overall pick in the Korea Baseball Organization draft. Jeong Goo-beom from Duksoo High School was the first overall pick of the draft held last August 26 in Seoul.
NC Dinos betting was weak throughout last season. The team finished in last in the league and earned the right to pick first in the draft. However, this year’s draft was weak that there was no clear top pick material.
Jeong is 19 years old and a year older than most of the members of the draft class. This is because he spent a year in the US during middle school. In his 28 innings over seven games this year, he had an ERA of 1.29 and a record of 1-0. He walked six batters and struck out 36. Also, he didn’t give up a home run according to offshore sportsbook reports.
High School Left Hander in KBO Draft
Out of the first ten first-rounders in the KBO draft, six were high school left hander pitchers. The remaining are three catchers and a single infielder. KT Wiz had the second pick for the draft and they used it on Kang Hyun-woo, a catcher from Yushin High School. Kang has two home runs, 19 runs, and 20 RBIs for the year. Also, he had 17 walks and struck out 14 times.
The only infielder in the top ten is shortstop Park Min. Kia Tigers picked him sixth in the draft. He had 25 RBIs in 18 games.
Also, a free sports betting odds site noted that a former Chicago Cubs minor league prospect was picked by the LG Twins. Son Ho-young was the 23rd overall pick in the draft. He dropped out of Hongik University to sign a minor league contract with the Cubs in 2014.