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“Better than I was when I was 20” Praise from the national shortstop… Lee Jae-hyeon, a second-year high school graduate, is ‘growing rapidly’

A high school graduate shortstop hit double-digit home runs two years after his debut. He is following in the footsteps of the ‘national shortstop’.메이저놀이터

Jaehyun Lee of the Samsung Lions is considered one of the top prospects among infielders of his age group. In his first year of debut, he became the starting shortstop for the first team, and his skill in offense and defense stands out for someone his age.

It is a great fortune that he has been receiving instruction from Samsung coach Jin-man Park, who is considered the best shortstop in KBO League history since his rookie year. He is also the ‘Lord of the Rings,’ having won as many as six Korean Series championships while playing for Hyundai Unicorns and Samsung.

In particular, he was notorious for throwing ‘just enough to get out’ without much force. Even though he was not a player with quick feet, he used his strong arms and clever shifts to establish the correct defensive position, and then threw to first base nimbly if the runner was fast, or more leisurely if the runner was slow, to get him out at a similar timing.

Coach Park, whom we met on the 5th, laughed and said, “I’ve heard a lot of complaints, ‘Why do you always throw so close?’” It seemed like it would be safe if they sprinted all out, but in reality, there were seniors and juniors who suffered hamstring injuries due to being out and overexerting themselves.

He praised Lee Jae-hyun’s defense, saying, “I am only in my second year after graduating from high school, but I have become much more proficient. It is not easy to show such a stable performance. I am much better than my second year. At that time, I did not show as skilled a defense as Lee Jae-hyun.” . He continued, “This year, there is a physical burden due to playing many games, but I am overcoming it well. I am continuing to build a good career.”


“Coach Kim Jae-bak always made me train like hell. Thanks to that, I gained confidence in my defense. Jae-hyun Lee also practiced his defense just as diligently during the camp. Now all I have to do is accumulate more data on the opposing hitter’s main strength and batting style. He’s a fast batsman. “At times, you have to catch it with your backhand and throw it with more force, and you have to be able to do it naturally. There are some details that need further refinement.”

Coach Park emphasized, “If you work hard, anything is possible. The more you play defense, the more confident you become. Jaehyun Lee still has a lot of room to grow.”

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