메이저놀이터“I want to be like that soon.” Kim Jung-min swung a
hard hit last year at Gyeongnam High School, recording a batting average of 0.352 in 105 at-bats, 1 home run, 25 RBIs, 23 points and 6 steals in 25 games. Kim Jung-min joined SSG Landers after being nominated for the 25th overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2023 KBO Rookie Draft.
Kim Jung-min was named to the roster for the SSG 1st team spring camp held at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida. As for the 2023 rookie players, including Kim Jung-min, Kim Gun-woong, Kim Min-jun, Song Young-jin, and Lee Row-un, five people participated in the first team camp.
Kim Jung-min, who participated in the 1st team camp, met with reporters and said, “I heard that SSG doesn’t bring rookies to campsites.” It’s the first time I’ve come directly. My body seems to be very well built, and it feels good to exercise systematically. I like that I have a lot to learn and my skills are improving.”
Kim Jung-min forms a team with Kim Kang-min, Choi Ji-hoon, Choo Shin-soo, and Hanyu Island for batting training. Choi Ji-hoon joins the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team and is training with three veterans.
Kim Jung-min said, “They are really great seniors. Even just watching them, they all have different batting styles, so I think I definitely study a lot.” It’s the same. The seniors also told me to ‘do it with confidence’, so I don’t seem to be intimidated.”
Kim Jung-min picked defense as his strength. As such, there is also an expectation that he will become the successor to Kim Kang-min and Choi Ji-hoon. Regarding this, Kim Jung-min said, “I want to become like that as soon as possible. I think I heard that kind of voice because our playing style is the most similar.” said.
Kim Jung-min said of his goal for this season, “Of course, my goal is to do well. There are many great seniors among outfielders. I will learn a lot from watching and make it my own,” and said, “I will make it my own.”