Yang Chang-seop → Lee Jae-hee → Jang Pil-joon → Heo Yun-dong → Choi Ha-neul… this time looking for the 5 starting owners?
Roh Jin-hyeok, Lotte 1st
leader with strong hits Yang Eui-ji, Doosan solver카지노사이트
Park Dong-won, 10 homers LG Bo-bae Roh
pro baseball Lotte fans are shouting ‘Lee Mat-hyeon’ recently. ‘Imat-hyeon’ is an abbreviation of ‘I’m going to (gold) with this taste’. It is an internet slang word often used when a professional baseball player who has signed a contract for a large amount is doing well.
Lotte recruited catcher Yoo Gang-nam (4 years, 8 billion won), shortstop Noh Jin-hyeok (4 years, 5 billion won), and pitcher Han Hyun-hee (3+1 years, 4 billion won) from the free agent (FA) market last winter. Lotte is seeing the fruits of its investment this year.
On the 16th, against Hanwha in Daejeon, Noh Jin-hyuk hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning, which was 1-1, and led to a 3-1 victory. Noh Jin-hyeok showed off his concentration with 0.326 when there was a runner this year, and currently has 18 RBIs.
Starting pitcher Han Hyun-hee also won his 3rd win (2nd loss) of the season with his first quality start of the season (within 3 earned runs over 6 innings) with 4 hits and no runs in 6 innings against Suwon KT on the 13th. Catcher Yoo Kang-nam is somewhat sluggish with a batting average of 0.231, 1 home run, and 9 RBIs at bat, but he is keeping the home of Lotte tight with strong blocking and excellent pitcher lead.
Doosan is also very satisfied with the performance of FA catcher Yang Eui-ji, who was recruited last winter. Doosan signed a 4+2 year contract with Yang Eui-ji, who was the largest FA player last winter, for a total of 15.2 billion won. Yang Eui-ji, who returned to his former team, is a catcher who consumes a lot of stamina, but he is playing the role of a solver by sweeping 12 RBIs with a batting average of 0.391 in scoring range.
In particular, in the match against Gocheok Dome Kiwoom on the 16th, he operated a wedge solo gun in the 8th inning and fired a cannon in the last 3 consecutive games. For LG, the recruitment of free agent catcher Park Dong-won became a ‘God’s move’. Park Dong-won has hit 10 home runs by the 16th, ranking first in this category. He also posted 25 RBIs.
On the other hand, Hanwha expected ‘Lee Mat-hyeon’ the most, but it will take some time to see the effect. Hanwha recruited outfielder Chae Eun-seong (6 years, 9 billion won), pitcher Lee Tae-yang (4 years, 2.5 billion won), and infielder Oh Seon-jin (1+1 year, 400 million won) as free agents. Chae Eun-seong is doing her part with 6 home runs and 28 RBIs, but the team is still weak and is in 9th place. Recently, head coach Carlos Subero stepped down and head coach Choi Won-ho took the new helm.
Turn around and go up to the fifth candidate. Choi Ha-neul (24) will audition for the 5th selection of the Samsung Lions.
Building a stable starting lineup is essential to run a season. It’s solid, but it’s not easy to pack 5 starters. This is especially true for teams with poor mound power. Same goes for Samsung. Foreign one-two punches David Buchanan, Albert Suarez, Won Tae-in, and Baek Jeong-hyeon are solid in the first to fourth selections, while the fifth selection is non-jugongsan.
Four players have already been put into the 5th starter and received failing grades. Yang Chang-seop was the first to receive the opportunity. After fierce competition during the demonstration game, he captured the heart of the command tower, but after the opening, he suffered from a difficult time hunting. In his two starts, he had a 9.82 earned run average with one loss.
▲ Lee Jae-hee ⓒ Samsung Lions
Next, Lee Jae-hee took the mound. As he is about to enlist in the military, it was actually an alternative selection. Lee Jae-hee recorded 2 hits, 1 home run, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts and 3 runs in 4 innings against Kiwoom on the 19th of last month. After that, he went back to the bullpen and showed pitching against Doosan Daegu in 4 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and no runs, and enlisted in Sangmu.
Jang Pil-jun, who inherited the baton, was also evaluated as insufficient to be used as a starter. Expectations were high because he had a wealth of selection experience and had built up his body to consistently play as a starter in the second team. However, he was knocked out early in both games, and was sluggish with an earned run average of 9.82.
▲ Heo Yun-dong ⓒReporter Kwak Hye-mi
The same goes for Huh Yun-dong. On the 14th, against LG in Daegu, he recorded 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 4 runs in 3 innings. The commander’s patience ran out. He decided to switch to the bullpen after just one game. There was no second chance for Heo Yun-dong.
▲ Choi Ha-neul ⓒReporter Kwak Hye-mi
In the end, Choi Ha-neul is on the mound as the starter. A submarine pitcher who moved the team from the Lotte Giants through a trade with Lee Hak-joo ahead of last season, his strength is his precise control. His speed is only in the middle of 130 km, but he has quickly emerged as a candidate for the 5th selection with his main weapon, the circle changeup. He left a decent performance with 2 wins and an average ERA of 1.02 in 4 Futures League games this year.
In his most recent appearance, against LG on the 10th, Choi Ha-neul pitched 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and no runs. When he is in good shape, he goes to the selection audition. Director Park Jin-man expressed his anticipation, saying, “Choi Ha-neul threw up to 100 balls. I think his speed will increase by about 2 km. He has good control.”
Samsung is not able to solve the 5th selection homework. In addition to Choi Ha-neul, there are many players who are looking for a chance to explore in the second team. Can Ha-neul Choi, one of the many candidates, seize the opportunity? If that happens, Samsung can also shake off its concerns about the 5th starting pitcher.