Rookie Lee Rowoon (19) is emerging as the hope of SSG Landers, showing an extraordinary sense of responsibility as he was from an ace.
Lee Rowun, who graduated from Daegu High School and entered the 2023 rookie draft with the overall number 5, is one of the players who recently made SSG laugh along with his motive, Song Young-jin (19, 2R No. 15 in 2023). He stands out the most among the rookies of the 10 clubs at the beginning of the 2023 season with a heavy fastball and guts that reach up to 152 km.
The match against Suwon KT Wiz on the 20th, which recorded the first hold of his career, was the highlight. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with SSG leading 8-5, Roun Lee faced the league’s top trio of Kang Baek-ho, Anthony Alford, and Park Byeong-ho. However, Kang Baek-ho was struck out on a swing with only a fastball, and Alford and Park Byeong-ho also scored 3 balls each and scored no runs.
Even though it was not a scheduled appearance, he produced the best results. SSG coach Won-hyung Kim, who met ahead of the home game against Kiwoom Heroes on the 21st, said, “(At the time) I missed the timing of the replacement. It was just an idea, but I thought Youngjin could throw more.”
However, as Song Young-jin faltered, Choi Min-joon and Baek Seung-gun stepped in, and Lee Ro-woon was in a difficult situation in the 8th episode. Manager Kim Won-hyung said, “(Lee) Rowoon gave points in the last game, but he never threw a ball that collapsed from the mound. I think I grew up through good experiences,” he said.
Lee Woon, who I met before the game, also vividly remembered the moment of the first hold when he was nervous. Iroun said, “It was the first time I threw in a lead situation. I was nervous because there was also Alford, who is the number one hitter in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th batting order.” I thought I had to catch the batter and threw it with all my soul with the ball I was most confident in. (The result of pitching like that) was meaningful that it was a three-way offense,” he showed a responsible appearance.
The command tower was also vaguely aware of this sense of responsibility. Director Kim Won-hyeong said, “My motivation is a bit different from my fellow student (Song) Young-jin. I have the same desire to throw well on the mound, but if Young-jin doesn’t care about his surroundings and only concentrates on the situation, (Lee) Rowoon is a 1st rounder, so maybe he does a little better there. I can see what you’re trying to do,” he laughed.
“It’s not a bad thing to be like that, but there are times when I get greedy for strikeouts on the mound. Then, sometimes bad parts come out, so I said to Rowoon, ‘In the pro, it doesn’t work out the way you want it to. Just try to strike out. “Don’t do it, but stick with the batter with confidence because the ball is good,” he added.
So far, the desire to do better is leading to good results. On the 21st, in the game against Kiwoom in Incheon, Roun Lee climbed the mound in the 7th inning following starter Kim Gwang-hyun and recorded the second hold in his career with 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs in one inning without a hit.
He gave up a walk against first batter Kim Hwi-jip, who was on the rise, but it was not bad as he persistently aimed outside the strike zone in line with Kim Min-shik’s lead. The more he went here, the more his command and his commanding position stood out. He confidently put a fastball in the middle of Jeon Byung-woo, and struck out exactly on the same course he failed against Kim Hwi-jip, striking out looking. After hitting Dong-Hun Kim with two balls, Tae-Jin Kim, who entered as a pinch hitter, struck out with a high-fastball swinging in vain.토토사이트 Thanks to this, SSG defeated Kiwoom 3-1 and secured the second place.
After the game, coach Kim Won-hyung praised him, saying, “(Lee) Rowoon is showing a gradual improvement and improvement by throwing boldly even in a one-point situation.” Kim Gwang-hyun also said, “Rookies from other teams are good, but our rookies are doing really well.” He said, “Most rookies get nervous when they go on the mound and can’t throw their own balls well, but our newcomers throw well with confidence, so the seniors are comfortable.” He smiled heartily.