Is it no longer necessary for LG to recruit a second baseman?
LG is a team that has been in deep trouble for a long time because of the second baseman. In July 2021, in July 2021, he recruited Seo Geon-chang through a trade with Kiwoom. At the time, LG used right-handed pitcher Jeong Chan-heon as a trade card and brought in second baseman Seo Geon-chang from the national team to somehow cover the team’s biggest weakness.
Seo Kun-Chang could not solve LG’s long-cherished wish this season as his batting average stayed at .207, but it is true that LG’s situation has improved this year. Shin Min-jae, an agent specializing in runners, recorded a batting average of .344 with 7 RBIs and 21 stolen bases, establishing himself as LG’s new second baseman.
Here, LG is poised to catch up to the future. Lee Joo-hyeong, a top-notch prospect who joined LG in 2020, drew attention as a player who will lead the future of the LG infield from the time he wore the LG uniform. Lee Joo-hyung, who was discharged from the military ahead of this season, is now a promising ’22-year-old military infielder’ and a bright ‘flower road’ awaits him.
At one point, he was about to give up as an infielder, but he made up his mind to take up a position as an infielder again. Lee Joo-hyung said, “I had the idea of playing as an outfielder after being discharged from the military. There was a lot of pressure on defense. But now I feel more comfortable and my skills have improved more than before, so I decided to try again as an infielder. I think I will do it at the same time, and I think I will focus on the infielder when I enter the finishing camp.”
As expected, Lee Joo-hyung can point out his extraordinary talent in batting. He also appeared in 31 games in the Futures League this year, batting average of .323, on-base percentage of .441, and slugging percentage of .559 with 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 1 stolen base, showing the best hitting feeling and participating as a member of the Futures All-Star Game. He came up to the first team for a while and had a batting average of .308 (4 hits in 13 at-bats) and 2 RBIs in 15 games.
It was a short time, but I still engrave the advice of seniors in the first team in my heart. “(Kim) Hyeon-soo taught me the most, and (Kim) Min-seong taught me in detail about batting. I learned a lot,” said Lee Joo-hyung, “They said that if you miss the first strike, a foul will follow. I had to make it and then adjust the timing, but the moment I let go of the first ball, it would be at a disadvantage, so he told me that the first thing to do is to find your own timing by throwing a bat from the first pitch.”
Lee Joo-hyung is also practicing with the most emphasis on this part. Lee Joo-hyung said, “First-team pitchers have a lot of pitches and good control, so if the ball count is disadvantageous, they follow the ball. So I think it’s right to actively hit the bat and get results before the ball count becomes disadvantageous.” When I come into the zone, I try to produce a ball in play. I am practicing in that direction now.”토토사이트
LG is currently trying to expand its depth by Shin Min-jae as the starting second baseman and Lee Joo-hyung and Song Chan-eui in the 2nd team taking turns as second baseman. In particular, if Lee Joo-hyung, who is young and is a military man, grows as much as the team expects, LG will no longer worry about the second baseman.