“I will work hard like a rookie.”
The first professional spring camp in my life, which started with strong aspirations. I trained hard with my seniors, sat in the bullpen and received the ball from the seniors for the first time, but unlike my aspirations, I couldn’t help but feel that my body and expression stiffened. Yoon Jun-ho (23), the only rookie of the Doosan Spring Camp, finished his breathless first camp schedule.
Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop decided last month to take only catcher Yoon Jun-ho, who joined in the 5th round 49th rank among 11 new players in 2023, to the Australian first team spring camp.
In the 2023 rookie draft, Seohyun Kim (Hanwha) and Youngchul Yoon (KIA) received attention by dominating the high school stage, while Junho Yoon and Hyunin Yoo (KT) built awareness by playing as catchers and infielders, respectively, in the strongest monsters led by coach Lee Seung-yeop. In the JTBC baseball entertainment program ‘Strongest Baseball’, they grew up with the advice of great seniors in baseball, such as Park Yong-taek, Jung Geun-woo, Yoo Hee-gwan, Jung Sung-hoon, and Shim Soo-chang. And finally, my dream of becoming a professional came true.
Yoon Jun-ho is a right-handed college graduate catcher who graduated from Gyeongnam High School and Dong-eui University. During his amateur days, he was always in charge of the main housekeeper with a stable defense, and during his college days, he showed off his outstanding skills in attack and even boarded the national team for the U-23 Baseball World Cup.
On the 1st, Yoon Jun-ho started his first professional spring camp with a self-introduction at the Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney, Australia. Appearing following the introduction of the three new foreign players, he said, “This is catcher Junho Yoon, who came to Doosan as a rookie. I will work hard like a rookie,” receiving applause from seniors.
Yoon Jun-ho followed catcher seniors such as Yang Eui-ji, Ahn Seung-han, Jang Seung-hyun, and Park Yoo-yeon to digest the first schedule. On this day, after choosing the equipment to wear, he warmed up and sat down in the bullpen, receiving bullpen pitching from Lee Seung-jin and Lee Byung-hun. Yoon Jun-ho was an unfamiliar first-team camp, but he eagerly participated in training by shouting “fighting” whenever he received a ball from his seniors. Unlike a rookie, he had time to review bullpen pitching with Lee Byung-hun.
Battery coach Yuji Serizawa also seemed to pay special attention to Junho Yoon. During bullpen pitching, he called Junho Yoon and handed him a drink and said, “Are you nervous? He tried to loosen up the stiff body of the rookie, saying, “You can do it while enjoying it like a rookie,” and “Shout ‘Okay’ the moment you receive the ball. That’s when it’s time to get the ball. Let’s fight while watching our seniors,” he gave technical advice. 먹튀검증
Doosan needs to find a second catcher to support Yang Eui-ji in this spring camp. First of all, it is true that Ahn Seung-han and Jang Seung-hyun, who have relatively rich experience in the first team, are ahead of the competition, but the catcher is a position with many variables. In addition, from the inauguration ceremony, head coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “I will give all players the same opportunity,” and all members are training with hope. Yoon Jun-ho is also one of those candidates, and even if his chances of debuting in the first team are low, it seems that he can learn a lot just by participating in the camp.
On the other hand, coach Lee Seung-yeop said regarding Yoon Jun-ho’s trip to Australia, “This spring camp will have a lot of pitchers going, so we need a lot of catchers. That’s why I was the only rookie to put Yoon Jun-ho on the list,” and drew a line saying, “It has nothing to do with the strongest baseball.”