On the 11th, the KIA Tigers recruited invincible pitchers Kim Kon-guk (35) and Kim Seung-hyun (31) and infielder Kim Yong-wan (20).
After graduating from Hanseo Elementary School, Cheongryang Middle School, and Deoksu High School, he joined Doosan in 2006 and played in 88 games in 5 seasons, going through NC, kt and Lotte, recording an average ERA of 4.57 with 7 wins, 5 losses and 4 holds.
Kim Geon-guk, who passed through four teams and settled in the KIA, had a strong baseball heritage. He was a promising enough to be named to Doosan in the second round, but when he was released without blooming properly due to an elbow injury, he did not abandon his dream of baseball in an independent league and rejoined NC in 2021.
Then, he moved the team to kt in 2014 and moved back to Lotte in 2017 by trading with Oh Tae-gon (now SSG), but was eventually released in 2021. After that, Kim Geon-guk remained invincible for a year, and at the end of last year, he participated in the anti-provincial baseball tournament held by the Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) as a member of Busan City to build his body, and this time he wore a KIA uniform through a test. 먹튀검증
Kim Seung-hyun, who graduated from Noam Elementary School – Gyeongpo Middle School – Gangneung High School – Konkuk University, was also one of the promising players who joined the Samsung Lions in the 2nd 1st round in 10th place in 2016. However, he was released after the 2022 season after recording 2 wins, 8 losses, 4 holds, and an ERA of 5.51 in 91 games over 5 seasons.
Kim Seung-hyun also did not give up his dream of baseball and prepared for a comeback in the Australian league Geelong Korea, and was given another chance at the KIA.
Kim Yong-wan, who graduated from Pyeongchon Elementary School – Pyeongchon Middle School – Ansan Technical High School, joined Lotte in 2022 and participated in 76 Futures League games without a first-team record, recording a batting average of 0.236, 39 hits, and 14 RBIs.
A KIA official said, “Kim Kon-guk and Kim Seung-hyun are resources that can be used as a middle ground and were recruited to strengthen depth. Kim Yong-wan is a young and quick-footed infield utility resource, and we expect him to be widely used in the future.”
Meanwhile, Kim Seung-hyun has been training at Hampyeong Challengers Field since the 3rd, and Kim Kon-guk will join the team on the 16th and Kim Yong-wan will participate in training from the 1st of next month.