Lotte Giants Lee Jeong-hoon is showing off his presence upon

Lotte Giants’ Junghoon Lee is showing its presence at the same time as the first-team call-up. By succeeding in producing hits in three consecutive games, it played a decisive role in the team’s escape from two consecutive losses.

Junghoon Lee started as the fifth designated hitter in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League home game against the Doosan Bears at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 6th and scored two hits, two RBIs and one run in four times at bat, leading Lotte to an 8-1 complete victory.

Junghoon Lee swung its bat vigorously in the bottom of the third inning with two outs and runners on second base with Lotte leading 3-0. Doosan’s starting pitcher Kwak Bin hit an RBI double that cut the score to left-center to 4-0.

Despite being at a disadvantage of being at a countdown to one ball and two strikes, Junghoon Lee confidently competed against each other. Kwak’s fastball of 148 kilometers from the fifth ball entered the low course outside the strike zone, but he rolled it up as it was to secure a long hit.

Junghoon Lee continued to display stellar performance. With Lotte leading 6-1 at the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on the second and third bases with one out, he displayed his clutch instinct. He had a clean and medium hit off Doosan’s right-handed Young Gun Choi Jong-in, bringing both runners home. He connected with a hit by a 126km slider that came into the high course in the middle of the strike zone from the full count.

“Looking back at the game, it was regrettable that I grounded out to the second base at the third batter’s box rather than two hits,” Junghoon Lee said after the game. “If I had been hit a little bit more with my heating point, I could have produced a good hit, but I couldn’t. I will try to show better performance with today’s victory.”

For Junghoon Lee, Lotte is the land of opportunity. After graduating from Kyung Hee University in 2017, he started his professional career by joining the KIA Tigers in the 10th round in the second round and ranked 94th overall in the rookie draft, but he was not given many opportunities in the main league until 2022. He had 61 games, a batting average of 0.229 36 hits in 157 times at bat, two homers and 17 RBIs, and experienced pain of being released.

Fortunately, after his release, Junghoon Lee quickly found his nest. After paying attention to Junghoon Lee’s batting ability in the Futures League, Lotte gave him an opportunity, and he played in 59 games, the most since his professional debut in the main league last year. He had a batting average of 0.296 45 hits in 152 times at bat, one homer, and 17 RBIs with an OPS of 0.719, which exceeded expectations.

Junghoon Lee has eagerly prepared for the 2024 season. When Lotte made the list of its first spring camp in Guam in January, it sweated a lot with the goal of making it into the first team entry for the opening game.

However, Junghoon Lee was unable to accompany Lotte to its second spring camp when it moved from Guam to Okinawa, Japan in mid-February. After returning to Korea, Lotte had to join the second tier team and continue its training.

Instead of being discouraged, Junghoon Lee grasped its teeth as it was coached by the Lotte Futures team’s coaching staff. Although the opening of the regular season with the second tier team, he was called to the first tier as he swung his bat with a batting average of 0.471 eight hits in 17 at-bats with three RBIs and an OPS of 1.000 in five Futures League games.

“When I couldn’t join Okinawa’s spring camp, I was the first to think that I lacked a lot,” Junghoon Lee said. “After returning home, Lotte’s second-tier coach Kim Yong-hee and coaches Kim Pyeong-ho, Lee Byung-kyu, Lee Seong-gon and Na Kyung-min have sincerely helped me a lot. You asked me to bully you a lot, but he invested a long time in Futures.”

“When I was at Futures, I personally thought that I should show my juniors everything I had so that they would not be embarrassed. I think I was able to come to the first team on time because of the motivation,” he said. 토토사이트

Lotte manager Kim Tae-hyung also said, “Batters generally had good batting performance. Reyes, including veteran players, gave good batting performance,” adding, “In particular, Junghoon Lee, who played as a designated hitter, showed outstanding performance.”

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