Samsung Lions infielder Cho Min-seong is being touted as a future centre fielder for the Lion Legion. The former Seoul Hakdongcho-Hwimunjung-Hwimun High School product was drafted by Samsung in the 53rd pick of the second sixth round and has appeared in 11 games for the first team this season, batting .286 with six hits, five RBIs and one run scored.
In particular, he made a strong impression with two consecutive multi-hit and two-RBI games against the Incheon SSG Landers in late June.
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“I hadn’t been able to achieve what I was aiming for since the camp in Japan, but at the end of the first half, I had a good feeling, and as I continued to play with a good feeling, I gained confidence,” said Cho Min-sung.
“Of course, I’m still not satisfied. I’m grateful to the manager and coaches for always giving me good opportunities. Also, the first team has a lot of fans coming to watch. We are working hard to show what our players can do,” he concluded.
Lee Won-seok, now with Kiwoom Heroes, is a role model. If he had to choose one player from his team, it would be Lion Legion captain Oh Jae-il.
“Seeing my two brothers perform consistently made me realise that the professional stage is not easy. Even when Won-seok went to Kiwoom, I contacted him separately. When I got to the first team and did well, I contacted him and he said, ‘I’m always watching you, so do well. I always try to do my best,” he smiled.
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Cho Min-sung is set to enlist in the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Commercial) on 18 December. His goal is to play baseball steadily without getting injured before enlisting.
“After discussing with the club, I decided it would be better to go to the army early,” Cho said, “I don’t have any goals before I go to the army. I want to play baseball without getting injured and having fun, and the results will follow.” He laughed.