The performance of the fearless rookie duo, Lotte’s vitality.

First start against KT on the 9th Kim Min-seok
multi-hit, hobi in front of the fence also
made a strong impression Bullpen Lee Tae-yeon
contributed to Lotte’s first win with the first hold on the 2nd

The Lotte Giants’ 2023 start (2 wins, 4 losses, 8th place) isn’t very neat. 메이저놀이터However, the performance of the rookie duo is beyond expectations. 

Lotte registered a total of three newcomers to the opening entry: outfielder Kim Min-seok (3rd overall ranking in the first round), pitcher Lee Tae-yeon (53rd overall ranking in the 6th round), and Lee Jin-ha (13th overall, 19th overall in the 2nd round). It is the highest number along with Kiwoom Heroes. After the opening two matches, Lee Jin-ha went down to the 2nd team, but Kim Min-seok and Lee Tae-yeon still remain in the 1st team entry. 

Kim Min-seok and Lee Tae-yeon are rookies who accompanied the Guam field training. Although the spring camp and demonstration games have raised expectations, they are showing better performance than expected. Lotte played a decisive role in winning the second season. 

Kim Min-seok recorded 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats in the KT Wiz match held at Sajik Stadium on the 9th. He made his first professional debut hit a valuable timely hit on first and second base safely in the 7th inning with a narrow lead of 1-0. In the 8th inning, he even added a 1 RBI wedge and a timely hit to run away to 5-0. 

Kim Min-seok led the team to a 5-3 victory by hitting multiple hits (two or more hits in one game) in his first start in his professional debut. Unlike a rookie, he showed a strong performance with 2 hits in 3 at-bats (2 hits in 6 at-bats for the season) in scoring range. In the beginning of the 7th inning, he collided with the fence and spread the lake rain. 

On this day, Kim Min-seok’s parents visited Sajik Stadium. His son’s joy at his wonderful performance in front of his family was doubled. If you keep doing this, your chances of participating can increase. Kim Min-seok, who won the Lee Young-min batting award in high school, was delighted, saying, “I can’t feel his first start and hits.” 

Lee Tae-yeon hit a two-run homer against Kang Baek-ho in the game against KT on the 8th, but pitched scoreless in the previous three games. He made his debut on the 1st, leaving a strong impression in the opening match against Doosan Bears. He took the mound in the 6th inning with a 7-3 lead and threw out Kim Jae-hwan, Yang Eui-ui and Kang Seung-ho with two strikeouts. 

The next day (2nd), Lee Tae-yeon took the mound in the 7th inning with a 2-0 lead, 2 out 1 and 2 base, and treated pinch hitter Shin Sung-hyun as a foul fly, putting out the urgent fire. On the day Lotte won their first win of the season, Taeyeon Lee recorded her first hold in her debut. As soon as he made his professional debut, he overtook his senior Kim Jin-wook and was used in an important situation. Currently, the only left-handed pitchers in the Lotte bullpen are Lee Tae-yeon and Kim Jin-wook.  

Lotte coach Larry Sutton praised Lee Tae-yeon, saying, “Lee Tae-yeon played a great role in her debut match,” and catcher Yoo Gang-nam said, “Although he is a rookie, he threw without fear in front of a full crowd. I thought he was a ‘bad guy’.” Pitching coach Bae Young-soo praised him, saying, “The deception (hiding and throwing the ball) is good and the ball feels faster (than actual speed).” 

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