“You don’t just have to be good at baseball, you have to be humble at times like that.”
Kiwoom Heroes’ Kim Yoon-ha is a native of Jangchung-go, who was selected by Kiwoom with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft, giving him the professional uniform of his dreams. He signed a contract with the team in late September for 200 million won.
Kim has a sturdy frame of 188 centimeters and 90 kilograms and a stable pitching balance, with a fastball in the mid-to-high 140s and a variety of pitches including a splitter and slider. He also has a good strikeout-to-walk ratio. His high school stats this year include a 3-1 record in 13 games with a 2.75 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched, 51 strikeouts and 16 walks.
“I thought the atmosphere would be scary, but my brothers came up to me first and took good care of me,” he said at the Kiwoom final camp in Taejang Baseball Stadium in Wonju, Gangwon-do. It’s worth it to exercise,” he said.
She continued, “I don’t try to overdo it because it’s the final camp. I’m focusing on physical fitness and body building. I pitched in the bullpen, and I felt better than I thought, but I’m trying to restrain myself and not get excited.” 토토사이트
Kim Yun-ha is the nephew of Park Chan-ho of “Korean Express” fame. After Kim Yoon-ha was confirmed as a pro, Park Chan-ho posted on his personal social media, “Congratulations. Kim Yoon-ha’s nephew. It seems like it’s only been a short time since you said you were going to be a baseball player, but you’re already a professional baseball player. Your mother followed you so closely and you made it. Mom’s power. There’s also the pressure of being the first pick of a professional team. He’s got a great coach, so I’m sure he’ll grow into an even better player than the one his mom raised him to be, and hopefully that growth will be through example, hard work, toughness, responsibility, passion, and constant challenge. By the way, there’s an even bigger athlete coming up in a few years, so stay tuned, and look who’s brother he is,” he teased.
Kim Yoon-ha said, “I didn’t hear anything when I was training. After the draft, my uncle texted me and said, ‘You went in the first round, so you have to repay the faith that put you in the first round, and you have to be humble, not just good at baseball,’ emphasizing character,” Kim said.
Kim Yoon-ha, who often watches game videos of Hanwha Eagles’ Moon Dong-joo and teammate Ahn Woo-jin, said, “I mainly look at the balance, timing, and feel of his throws. I also like to watch how she throws her fastball and how she fights the count with the opposing batter.”
You haven’t decided on a jersey number yet. Is there a number you’d like to wear? “I’ve worn No. 10 in the beginning, middle, and end. I’d like to wear number 10, but it’s empty, so I think the seniors will wear it.” Kim says.
“In the off-season, I plan to play catch and go to the training center to get in shape,” she said. “I think I’m adjusting well to the pros because I have friends and older brothers who came in with me. We have a lot of support. I hope I don’t get injured in my debut season. It would be nice to be good from the start, but I still have a lot to work on. I’ll improve as the season goes on