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Already 152km… A 20-year-old ‘Fireballer’ from Lotte’s 1st nomination has emerged

‘Fireballer’ Lee Min-seok (20, Lotte Giants), who showed potential in the 1st team as a rookie last year, is showing amazing pitches from the practice game.토토사이트

Lee Min-seok recently said at Lotte’s spring camp site, Kushikawa Baseball Stadium in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, “There was only one thing in this year’s spring camp. The main purpose was to throw as many strikes as possible in the box (strike zone) as similarly as possible.”

Regarding what he learned at the camp, Lee Min-seok said, “I’m trying to learn a lot, including game management.” He confessed, “I felt that he was ‘still very young’ while playing.”

Like he said, Lee Min-seok is still gaining experience. Lee Min-seok, who graduated from Gaeseong High School and joined Lotte last year as the first choice, recorded an average ERA of 5.88 with 1 win, 1 loss and 5 holds in 27 games. Since September, he has faltered somewhat with an earned run average of 10.32, but his fastball with an average speed of 149.3 km per hour (based on Stat Teas) was excellent.

In this spring camp, Lee Min-seok scored 2 runs in 2⅔ innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 3 runs in two actual appearances. In particular, in the match against the KIA Tigers held on the 3rd, he appeared as a starting pitcher and recorded a maximum speed of 152 km per hour. His condition improved even though he hadn’t even played an exhibition game yet.

Recently, the number of young pitchers who exceed 150 km/h is increasing in Lotte, giving hope. However, among them, Lee Min-seok is the only player who has shown this level of pace in redemption from the end of February to the beginning of March.

However, Lee Min-seok does not pay much attention to speed. He said, “It is important to throw as many strikes as possible and solve the game,” he said.

Lotte conducted a tremendous amount of training in this battery training. Even Noh Jin-hyeok, a veteran who played for more than 10 years in the pros, said, “It was difficult to do this kind of schedule because it felt like I had been doing it for the first time in 10 years since I came to pros.”

Lee Min-seok also confessed, “Even though I wanted to do it with all my might, I still haven’t reached 100% because I exercised a lot.” He continued, “If you do an exhibition game and match it to the season, the amount of training will decrease, and then your physical condition will adjust.”

There was another task that Lee Min-seok gave himself at the camp. He said, “Last year, I threw a changeup on both the fastball and the slider,” he said. He said, “In the game where he started last year, he felt that it was difficult to stick only with his strength,” and he explained the reason for adding the pitch, saying, “I threw it in high school, so there is no difficulty.”

Ultimately, this is because he has a dream of becoming a starting pitcher. “The long-term goal is to become a starter,” said Lee Min-seok. He said, “From now on, I have to practice steadily and use it when the opportunity comes to solve the game.”

But this year, I plan to do my best in the given position. Lee Min-seok said, “Regardless of the position, the goal is to prevent a given situation with confidence when appearing on the mound.”

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