LG, which has been in first place for three months, is pursuing its dream of winning for the first time in 29 years. The gap with 2nd place KT has widened to 5.5 games and has begun to solidify, but we cannot rest assured until the moment of confirmation. It’s a time when just thinking about fall baseball, with Mercury ranked No. 1 for the rest of the season, is giving me a headache, but LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop is also looking to the future.
LG plans to enlist outfielder Lee Jae-won and pitcher Lee Jeong-yong after this season. The two players initially applied to the Sangmu Baseball Team to enlist after the season last year, and passed the first document screening, but withdrew their plans after Manager Yeom Kyung-yeop took office. After meeting with the players, it was decided to play for one more year.
Jaewon Lee was unable to reach his potential due to injuries, including an oblique muscle injury before the season and a thigh muscle injury in May. It is a disappointing season with a batting average of .206 (20 hits in 97 at-bats), 3 home runs, 17 RBIs, and an OPS of .626 in 50 games between the 1st and 2nd teams. He was given the opportunity as a right-handed pinch hitter, but failed to produce notable results, going 2-for-15 with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
With Lee Jae-won enlisting in the military after the season, Manager Yeom is paying attention to rookie catcher Kim Beom-seok. Kim Beom-seok, who has great potential as a slugger, showed his potential this year with a batting average of .286 (56 hits in 196 at-bats), 6 home runs, 31 RBIs, and an OPS of .789 in 58 games in the Futures League. He is recovering from a shoulder injury after the game on the 6th of last month, and is planning to be a first-team right-handed pinch hitter next year.온라인바카라
Director Yeom said, “If Lee Jae-won goes to the military, I am thinking of Kim Beom-seok as a pinch hitter. It is correct to have him play catcher, which is his original position, but he is also trying to have him practice first base until his shoulder improves. “He lacks a right-handed pinch hitter,” he said. This year, LG is the only team among the 10 teams without a pinch-hit home run, and ranks 5th in pinch-hit batting average (.213), which is average.
Jaewon Lee is having a disappointing season, but for Jeongyong Lee, delaying his enlistment was a blessing in disguise. He has 7 wins, 1 loss, 3 saves, 1 hold, 4.06 ERA, 40 strikeouts, and 40 strikeouts in 32 games (62 innings) this year. He started as a reliever and struggled somewhat, but after switching to the starting lineup at the end of June, he settled into the rotation with 4 wins, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 3.29 in 9 games (41 innings). The successful position change is providing a great boost to LG’s starting lineup, which was weakened by the sluggish performance and injuries of foreign pitchers.
It is unfortunate that he is enlisting at a time when he is starting to establish himself as a starter, but he cannot postpone it any longer. Director Yeom said, “It’s a shame, but the military has to deal with it anyway. He thinks that if he goes to Sangmu in his current state, he can become a full-fledged starting pitcher in three years. “When he returns later, our team will have a solid third starter,” he said.
Coach Yeom continued, “During Lee Jeong-yong’s absence, the starting lineup will be filled with young pitchers such as Kim Yun-sik, Lee Min-ho, Kang Hyo-jong, and Lee Ji-kang. “By the time Lee Jeong-yong returns, the rotation will take place in such a way that these players will enlist,” he said of his future plans. In the case of Yoo Young-chan, who has been mentioned as a possibility for selection after the season, we will continue to develop him into a sure-to-win team like he is now.
We will soon check out the 10 new faces selected in the rookie draft on the 14th. Coach Yeom said, “Next week we will watch videos of the rookies and have a briefing with the club. If there are good players that we see during the finishing camp, we can take 1 to 2 of them to next year’s spring camp. “We need more infield backup,” he said. Coach Yeom has taken rookies who were not first rounders, such as Kim Ha-seong and Kim Taek-hyung from Nexen, Choi Ji-hoon from SK, and Park Myung-geun from LG this year, to spring camp to see their potential or immediately use them to their full potential.