Park Byung-ho-level potential…’18 consecutive at-bats without a hit,’ Jamsil big boy to respond to Yeomgalang faith when?
LG’s ‘Jamsil Big Boy’ Lee Jae-won will answer the manager’s faith. Lee’s no-hit silence is getting longer.
Lee Jae-won made a surprise start in left field on the 4th against KT in Jamsil. On that day, KT started left-hander Benjamin. Lee Jae-won, a right-handed hitter, had a good performance against Benjamin, going 2-for-4 with one home run.
However, the result was not favorable. Instead, it was more about Lee’s recent batting struggles.
Lee struck out in the first inning on a fly ball to center field. LG cut the deficit to 2-4 in the second inning with a two-run double by Hong Chang-ki. Lee Jae-won came to the plate with the bases loaded and advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher on a two-ball two-strike play. However, Lee was unable to lay down a sacrifice bunt and struck out swinging.
In the fifth inning, Lee struck out swinging with two outs. He was replaced by Moon Sung-joo in the sixth inning.
Before the game, manager Yoon Kyung-yeop commented on Lee Jae-won. He said that as Lee Jae-won’s batting improves, his playing time will increase. “If Lee Jae-won plays, Park Hae-min and Hong Chang-ki can rest once in a while and get their bodies in shape. In July and August, they will play more frequently if they hit well enough.”
The role of backups becomes important when the heat wave starts. This is because they have to be careful to prevent injuries while ensuring the fitness of the main players.
“Lee Jae-won hasn’t been playing well lately, so he’s been training more than playing. He and Son Ho-young trained a lot indoors with a schedule of going to work early and leaving late. The hitting coaches had a hard time.”
After hitting a double in his first at-bat against Doosan on June 18, Lee went hitless in four at-bats. He then went hitless in 18 consecutive at-bats until June 5 against KT. He went hitless in 15 consecutive at-bats with two walks and one sacrifice fly.
On June 27 against SSG in Incheon, he came on as a substitute and hit a sacrifice fly to center field with the bases loaded. Prior to the sacrifice fly, he hit a big foul home run that cleared the left field foul pole.스포츠토토
When he hits the center of the bat, he has the power to hit bullet shots and long balls for huge distances. In mid-May, he hit two home runs against KT, with distances of 136 meters and 121 meters. His bat speed was over 175 kilometers per hour.
Yoon mentioned Park’s power and compared him to Lee Jae-won. He recognized his potential to become the next Park Byung-ho. He was set to enlist in the military after last season, but decided against it and stayed with the Sangsung Baseball Team.
However, he is batting just 6-for-16 in his last 10 games and 1-for-6 with three home runs and a .619 OPS in 33 games this season. After suffering two side injuries in spring training and exhibition games, Lee was unlucky to suffer a thigh muscle injury in late May. Since returning in early June, he has struggled, going 2-for-31 with a 6.5 RBI.