“We confirmed his batting, defense, and main talent.”
When I relayed Coach Hong Won-ki’s positive evaluation, he said, 토토사이트“I don’t know when the (batting) cycle will run out. I don’t think I took the opportunity. I don’t have time to think about next season. I’m doing everything I can, game by game.” He said.
Samsung Lions game held at Gocheok Dome on July 29th. Number 7 – Lee Joo-hyung (22), who played left field, became the leadoff hitter in the third inning and hit a heavy hit. On the day he transferred from LG Twins to Kiwoom Heroes, he hit a hit and scored in his first at-bat.
These days, Lee Joo-hyung is the hottest player in Heroes. He hit 6 hits in 13 at-bats, including 1 home run, in 3 games from the NC Dinos on the 6th to the Hanwha Eagles on the 8th. He has had a hit in 8 of his last 10 games.
In 38 games after the transfer, he had a batting average of .302, 2 ERA (49 hits in 152 at-bats), 5 home runs, 27 RBI, 22 runs, 3 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.884. He has already played more games as a Heroes player than as a member of LG.
Graduated from Gyeongnam High School, selected in the second round of the 2020 rookie draft. He never even thought about transferring. He said, “I was upset when I heard the news of the trade. I didn’t even know I would transfer and play in the first team right away.”
When I went to the new team, a path opened up like the sea splitting in two. He played as a substitute for the Twins.
He is playing as a starter in every game at the Aeros. Young Heroes is a team of opportunity for young prospects. Of course, seizing that opportunity depends on the player’s ability.
When asked to choose the most memorable moment after moving to the Heroes, he said, “My first professional home run.” Against Jamsil LG on August 3, which was the 5th game after his transfer. In his first at-bat in the top of the first inning, he caught a changeup thrown by Casey Kelly and flew it into the stands on the right side of the outfield. He hit his first professional home run in a game against LG, his team until a week ago.
After his first home run, he added 4 more, bringing his total to 5 home runs.
“I transferred and played two games against LG. I was crazy. Watching the opposing team, I realized that I had now become a real Heroes player and that I had transferred.”
He said that soon after joining the new team, he received a call from his senior Lee Jeong-hoo. Lee Joo-hyung said, “I didn’t know senior Lee Jeong-hoo directly. I think Coach Lee Jong-beom (Lee Jung-hoo’s father) told me about it. He gave me a lot of good advice over the phone, including how to manage injuries.”
In fact, Lee Jeong-hoo’s injury led to Lee Joo-hyung’s trade. Lee Jeong-hoo was out of the season due to injury last July.
Now, the Heroes decided on a trade to send starting pitcher Choi Won-tae to LG and receive Lee Joo-hyung and pitcher Kim Dong-gyu. I gave up competing in fall baseball and shifted my focus to preparing for next year’s season.
“When coach Lee Jong-beom was the second-team hitting coach, I asked him a lot of questions and learned a lot. The coach took good care of me. He even brought me Jung Hoo-hyung’s equipment.”
As he continued to play well in Heroes, the modifiers ‘Lee Jung-hoo’s successor’ and ‘the second Lee Jung-hoo’ appeared in front of his name. It is a compliment that he is a player who will fill the void left by Lee Jeong-hoo, who will head to the major leagues at the end of the season. Just being mentioned by top hitters Lee Jeong-hoo and Him is an honor.
“Jung Hoo-hyung is an unrivaled player. I feel good when I hear things like that, but the ‘second Lee Jung-hoo’… I want to follow him even by a third. I will do my best to become a player who can fill the void left by Jung Hoo-hyung. “I will do my best.”
The first day I recorded no hits in 5 at-bats, my senior called me. “He told me to quickly forget about it because there is a game tomorrow and to only think about what I can do in the future. Those words still remain in my head.”
There is a swing I want to emulate. I often watch batting videos of Masataka Yoshida (30) of the Boston Red Sox. He is a right-handed, left-handed outfielder like Lee Joo-hyung. He played as the number 4 hitter for the Orix Buffaloes of Japanese professional baseball, then moved to the major leagues last winter. Yoshida, who played at No. 4 in the opening game, is playing very well as Boston’s main hitter.
After watching the Japanese national team play at the WBC (World Baseball Classic), I got to know Yoshida, who played as number 4 and 5.
He said, “Smooth swing. I want to learn the hitting mechanism to hit a strong ball with a small body (1m73,87kg).”
Hanwha Eagles’ home run hitter Noh Si-hwan (23) is one year his senior at Gyeongnam High School. He said, “I felt and learned a lot from watching Sihwan during my high school days.”