He has not yet debuted in the major leagues (MLB), but the big leagues are very interested in Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes, photo).
On the 11th (Korean time), MLB.com selected Lee Jeong-hoo as one of the three outfielders while selecting the best players by position in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Among the 13 players on this list, Lee Jung-hoo is the only player who is not an active major leaguer.
MLB.com said, “Lee Jeong-hoo may not be the best outfielder in the WBC, but he could be the most interesting player.” The WBC will be a place for Lee Jung-hoo to introduce himself to the international stage.” MLB.com also introduced Lee Jung-hoo’s KBO league performance last year and added, “I have already received permission from the Kiwoom club to advance overseas.”
Along with Lee Jung-hoo, Mike Trout (LA Angels) and Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers) were selected as the best outfielders. Both are outstanding outfielders with the highest level of skill and salary in the MLB. Lee Jeong-hoo was selected as the best player, beating top outfielders such as Juan Soto (San Diego Padres), Julio Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners), Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Kyle Tucker (Houston Astros), and Cedric Mullins (Baltimore Orioles). 스포츠토토
MLB.com said, “Lee Jung-hoo is a player who plays similarly to Ichiro Suzuki (former Seattle). He said, “This time, he seems to be taking a step forward in the WBC,” and introduced, “The head-to-head matchup with pitchers who might become his teammates next year is already making fans go crazy.”
Meanwhile, in the pitcher category, right-handed starter Sandy Alcantara (Miami Marlins), left-handed starter Julio Urias (Dodgers), and bullpen Edwin Dias (New York Mets) were selected. Shohei Ohtani (Angels) was selected as the ‘best pitching player’ and established his own unique territory. As for the catcher, JT Realmuto (Philadelphia Phillies) was recognized as the best. The infielders consisted of first baseman Freddy Freeman (Dodgers), second baseman Jose Altuve (Houston), shortstop Sander Bohartz, and third baseman Manny Machado (above San Diego). The designated hitter was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays, Dominican Republic).
By country, the United States and the Dominican Republic have the most players, including three each. Korea, Venezuela, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, and the Netherlands were selected one by one.