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"I'm just like my brother!" The post Oh Seung-hwan, Turns Out His Younger Brother Is Also a Pitching Prospect

KT Wiz new closer Park Young-hyun, 21, known as the "post-Oh Seung-hwan," has a younger brother who is six years younger and a pitching prospect. If his younger brother also fulfills his professional dreams in the future, a KBO League matchup between the three Park brothers could become a reality rather than a dream.

According to KT Wiz officials, Park's family made a surprise visit to the Hyundai Motor Dream Ball Park in Gijang-gun, Busan, the team's first spring training camp on March 17. Park's father, mother, and younger brother traveled all the way to Gijang to cheer on their son and older brother. "They kept watching their son's training on the field and delivered messages of support," said a KT official.

Park's younger brother, Park Ji-hyun, is a baseball prospect at Bucheon Middle School, where he plays both pitcher and infielder. He is currently focusing on the pitching position. Bucheon Middle School was playing in a league in Yangsan, near Gijang, 바카라사이트 when the surprise meeting happened. The family reunion took place after Young-hyun's extra training session ended.

"My brother is playing in the league in Yangsan. We talk a lot with each other because he plays the same position as me," he said, adding, "I feel like he's still a lot younger than me, so it can be hard sometimes, but I hope he'll try harder as a pitcher and get good results."

In response, Park Ji-hyun said, "I'm wearing the No. 1 jersey like my brother, and I try to work harder because it's a heavy jersey." He added, "My brother tells me a lot about his changeup grip and the mindset of a pitcher on the mound. I'm going to do my best, and I hope he can finish spring training healthy and have a good season," he said.

Park Young-hyun, who was selected by KT in the first round of the 2022 KBO Draft out of Yushin High School, is a closing prospect who was highly touted before his debut. His first season impressions were strong. He was labeled as the next Oh Seung-hwan, going 52-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 52 regular-season games and setting a new record for the youngest postseason save (19 years, 6 days old) in Game 2 of the playoffs.

Young-hyun Park, in his second year, has an upgraded arsenal of pitches and went 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 68 games (75⅓ innings) with four saves and 32 holds. He beat veteran Noh Kyung-eun (SSG) by two games to become the KBO's youngest holder and finished fourth on the bullpen's most innings pitched list behind Noh, Lim Ki-young (KIA), and Kim Myung-shin (Doosan).

He wasn't the only one. Park Young-hyun was named to the Korean national team for the Hangzhou 2023 Asian Games, where he anchored the back end of the bullpen and became the post-Oh Seung-hwan. His role in the gold medal victory helped propel his career, as he was granted a special exemption from military service at the tender age of 20.

As a result, Park earned the club's highest salary increase and largest raise in his 2024 contract. He signed a contract worth 160 million won, a 162.3 percent increase from his 2023 salary of 61 million won, and quickly became one of the highest paid players in the league.

Park is expected to succeed Kim Jae-yoon, who left for the Samsung Lions in the 2024 season, as KT's closer.

Park's older brother, Park Jung-hyun, is also an active professional baseball player. Unlike his younger siblings, infielder Park went to Yushin High School and was drafted by the Hanwha Eagles with the 78th pick in the second round of the 2020 KBO Draft. He has a first-team career record of 2.022 with four doubles, six home runs, and 41 RBIs in 197 games, and is currently fulfilling his military service obligation by enlisting as a commercial driver last December.

Meanwhile, Kang Baek-ho and Ahn Chi-young, both alumni of Bucheon Middle School, also met with their alma mater for a surprise photo after the extra training session.