When I asked the legendary coach with 2043 hits in total for a player who stood out… an unexpected name came out.

Correspondent Chan-Ik Son] Lee Byeong-gyu (49), head coach of the Samsung Lions, picked Lee Seong-gyu (30), who was the home run king of the Futures, as a standout player. 

Head Coach Lee Byeong-gyu was selected as one of the 40 KBO Legends with a career batting average of 301.1 (6571 at-bats, 2043 hits), 161 home runs, 972 RBIs, 992 runs, and 147 stolen bases during his active career. 

On the 25th, I asked Head Coach Lee Byung-kyu at Daegu Samsung Lions Park, ‘Who is the standout player in Samsung?’ He first brought up the names of the three baby lions, Kim Ji-chan (22), Kim Hyun-jun (21), and Lee Jae-hyeon (20), who stood tall as key players in the first team last year. 

Infielder Kim Ji-chan took a break last year due to a left hamstring injury, but recorded a batting average of .28 (101 hits in 361 at-bats), 25 RBIs, 62 points and 25 stolen bases in 113 games. In addition to achieving triple-digit hits for the first time in his debut, he also set new records for most points and stolen bases in a single season. 

Kim Hyun-joon, who first stepped on the first team stage after the expanded entry in 2021 and scored 2 points in 13 games (1 hit in 4 at-bats), played in 118 games last year and recorded a batting average of 20 7 (100 in 363 at-bats). hit) completed a career-high season with 22 RBIs, 57 points and 6 stolen bases. 

Infielder Lee Jae-hyun, who debuted on the professional stage last year and was nominated for the first time, left the first team stage for a while due to an injury to her right thigh and right thumb, but after playing 75 games, she recorded a batting average of . scored 23 points. 메이저놀이터

Head coach Lee Byung-kyu said, “Young players such as Kim Ji-chan, Kim Hyun-jun, and Lee Jae-hyun should improve (skills) compared to last year. I am looking forward to them because they have the ability to do so.” 

The story of second-year infielder Jo Min-seong (20) was not left out. Cho Min-seong, who made his professional debut last year after graduating from Whimoon High School, stepped on the stage for the first time after the expanded entry in September. He appeared in 12 games, where he had a batting average of . 3.8 (4-for-13) with 1 home run, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. 

He first tasted it after his professional debut on September 17 last year against Daegu KIA. In the 8th inning with a 7-1 lead, he hit a 3-run home run against KIA’s 5th pitcher Nam Ha-joon as a pinch hitter in the 1st and 2nd base chance. Head coach Lee Byung-gyu gave generous marks, saying, “He is young, but Jo Min-seong also showed a good performance, and he has a high possibility of improving.” 

Head coach Lee Byung-gyu emphasized that Lee Seong-gyu should play his role. Lee Seong-gyu, former home run king of the Futures, achieved his first double-digit home run in his 2020 debut. He went 2-for-27 with 1 RBI and 5 runs last year. He will start this season at Futures Camp, not first team.  

I was curious about why Lee Seong-gyu was chosen as a standout player. Head coach Lee Byeong-kyu said, “Among right-handed hitters, there are few players with as good long-hit ability as Lee Seong-gyu. He was included in the futures camp roster, and if he shows good form there, he can join the first-team camp. Frequent injuries are a problem, but this is an area that needs to be supplemented.

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