“If we had been together since the beginning… ” A 22-year-old promising trade that fascinated the command tower, I am already looking forward to next year
Kiwoom Heroes Lee Joo-hyung (22) continues his 7-game hitting streak, raising expectations for next season.
Lee Joo-hyung started as center fielder 5 times in the match against SSG Landers of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 30th and played an active role with 1 hit, 1 RBI, and 1 walk in 4 at-bats.메이저놀이터
On the 29th of last month, Lee Joo-hyung, one of the promising players who came over to Kiwoom from LG in exchange for Choi Won-tae’s trade, quickly established himself as a key player for Kiwoom. Since the transfer, he has been batting hard every day and is recording outstanding results with an OPS of .860 with 4 home runs, 23 RBIs, 20 points and 3 stolen bases in 45 games with a batting average of 3.2 (39 hits in 122 at-bats).
Despite Lee Joo-hyung’s performance, Kiwoom is hardly finding an opportunity to escape from the bottom of the league. Recently, they have fallen into 3 consecutive losses and recorded 47 wins, 3 draws and 70 losses with a win rate of .402, and the 40% win rate is under threat. Now, at the point where we start looking at next year rather than this year, Lee Joo-hyung’s growth is shining with hope for Kiwoom.
Director Hong Won-ki said, “The time has come to think about next year little by little,” and welcomed Lee Joo-hyung’s growth, saying, “If I were to organize an outfield team next year without Lee Jung-hoo, I think Lee Joo-hyung should be one of the outfielders first.”
“Lee Joo-hyung, whom I see at the baseball field, seems to be still hungry and always feels desperate,” said coach Hong Won-ki, who paid attention to Lee Joo-hyung’s motivated appearance. because I wanted to see He is experimenting with various positions in the defensive position and batting order, and he seems to be doing well overall.”
Lee Joo-hyung took the leadoff for the first time after transferring to Kiwoom in the match against Lotte on the 8th, and was thoroughly beaten by Lotte starting pitcher Charlie Barnes, striking out 5 times in 5 at-bats. Since then, manager Hong Won-ki has created a situation where Lee Joo-hyeong can hit comfortably by not raising him above the 5th hitter. Lee Joo-hyung met Barnes again in the game against Lotte on the 18th, and this time he showed a different side by recording 2 at-bats, 1 hit and 1 walk against Barnes.
Lee Joo-hyung, whose strikeout rate is 25.2% this season, is slightly higher than the league average (18.0%). However, manager Hong Won-ki said, “Lee Joo-hyung, whom I see, is a figure who creates in-play batting balls with any type of pitch in his at-bat and swings 100% of his own. I think the fact that the swing rate is high right now means that there is a high possibility of change. There are probably many left-handed pitchers who are still experiencing it for the first time. However, just as he showed a different appearance when he first met Barnes and when he met Barnes for the second time, he believes that his batting will be further upgraded when he deals with many players.”
Coach Hong Won-ki said, “If we showed our current state from the opening game of the season, it would be a top-ranked league even if we look at it as a whole.” I want to see how you handle it. The swing is really threatening to opposing pitchers. For any type of pitcher, making his own swing is a sign that he is confident in his hitting.”