“It’s the most exciting thing when a pitcher strikes out.”
Gyeonggi Commercial High School was founded in 1963 and has since been dismantled and re-established. In 2019, the baseball department opened again, and Choi Deok-hyun was appointed as manager. Coach Choi, a former catcher, has been working hard from the scouting process to training with the goal of making Gyeonggi Commercial High School a ‘catcher kingdom’.
Players who underwent systematic training stood out one by one, and last year, promising catcher Um Hyung-chan crossed the Pacific after signing a contract with the Kansas City Royals of the Major League Baseball. This is a valuable achievement achieved in a short period of time. And a player who has the potential to grow as a large catcher is growing rapidly. Han Ji-yoon, a sophomore, is the main character. Han Ji-yoon is a catcher with a strong physique, standing 188cm tall and weighing 93kg.
Han Ji-yoon,먹튀검증who met with Spotify News ahead of the round of 16 match against Incheon High School in the round of 16 of the 57th Presidential Cup National High School Baseball Championship held at Mokdong Baseball Stadium on the 7th, said, “Because of the rain, the Blue Dragon Flag competition ended late, and the weekend league and the Presidential Cup were held one after another, so my eyes and nose were open. I’m busy without any problems. Still, my grades are better than before, and I think I’ll be able to do better in the future, so I’m having fun playing baseball.”
Catcher is the most demanding position. The weight of the equipment worn by the catcher alone is close to 3 kg. He has to sit down and stand up repeatedly throughout the game. The game preparation process is also more complicated than other positions. He has to analyze the opponent’s hitters and check the condition of his team’s pitchers. He’s not just hitting and defending.
So Han Ji-yoon tries to use her time more efficiently. He also pays more attention to physical fitness. “These days, I can get injured because I haven’t been able to rest much. I have to do it. The catcher seems to be really busy.”
He knew it was a tough position, but the catcher is Han Ji-yoon, who was so much fun. He said, “I wasn’t a catcher at first. But the elementary school coach told me to try catcher. It was more fun than I thought. I also did well. So I continued to be a catcher.” I told my parents that I wanted to become a full-fledged player. Thanks to their active support, I was able to grow as I am now,” he looked back on the past.
Han Ji-yoon, who stood out since her days at Whimoon Middle School, received love calls from multiple prestigious baseball high schools. However, Han Ji-yoon chose a commercial high school in Gyeonggi-do, where he could grow himself, not the value of his name. He was attracted to the school because it had Uhm Hyeong-chan, who was already famous nationwide, and Director Choi’s persuasion that he wanted to make Gyeonggi Commercial High School into a catcher’s kingdom also moved Han Ji-yoon’s heart.
Han Ji-yoon said, “Senior Hyung-Chan Um was already famous nationwide. I had a strong desire to play baseball with him. Also, coach Deok-Hyun Choi was a catcher, so I chose Gyeonggi Commercial High School. The term ‘catcher kingdom’ was very good. Compared to other schools, catcher training was good.” This is more systematic.
Han Ji-yoon’s choice of Gyeonggi Commercial High School was not wrong. Han Ji-yoon is attracting the attention of many scouts. Even as a sophomore, he was even voted a high school baseball All-Star. A team scout official said, “Han Ji-yoon is a resource that is considered the best catcher in next year’s draft. His hitting ability is really outstanding.” Coach Choi also predicted that Han Ji-yoon would become a better player, saying, “I feel relaxed at bat. It’s like a professional player. Offense can be improved. There is a high possibility that he will grow into a large catcher.”
Han Ji-yoon also revealed that he will work hard to draw a brighter future. He said, “My role model is Yadier Molina. In the KBO League, I want to be like senior LG Twins’ Park Dong-won. The way he turns the bat coolly is cool. I will do my best to become a good player in the future.”