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Lotte Express rookie who sucked in Lee Jung-hoo’s advice… Lee Jeong-hoo holds a bat and collides with the 1st team

Lee Jeong-hoo (25‧ Kiwoom) is the best hitter in the KBO League recognized by others. Just as Lee Jung-hoo grew up learning a lot from his seniors, his juniors also ask Lee Jung-hoo many things or try to learn the know-how of the best batter over his shoulder.

Outfielder Kim Min-seok (19), who joined Lotte after receiving the 3rd overall nomination in the 1st round in the 2023 rookie draft, is probably a player who has been engrave those lessons even before joining the pros. Lee Jung-hoo’s junior at Whimoon High School. There were times when Lee Jung-hoo trained at his alma mater in the off-season, and at that time, Kim Min-seok followed Lee Jung-hoo’s every move that had grown into a superstar. He asked a lot and felt a lot.

Kim Min-seok vividly remembered Lee Jung-hoo’s story. Kim Min-seok said that after the KIA match (7-4 Lotte win) held at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 2nd, he recalled his relationship with Lee Jung-hoo and asked about the in-course strategy. Kim Min-seok recalled the precious teachings of his senior, saying, “I was most impressed by the saying that you can enter the field only if you hit it quickly (with the bat) as if you were hitting a foul, rather than hitting it as if you were going to put it into the baseball field.”

However, baseball officials evaluate that Kim Min-seok resembles Lee Jung-hoo a lot. It is because there is a corner similar to Lee Jung-hoo at that time. The overall body shape is similar, and so is the possibility of developing into a mid- to long-distance hitter from a left-handed hitter. The fact that his athletic ability is good and that he went to the outfield is also similar. Since he is a junior from Whimungo, there may be a part of him that overlaps more with Lee Jung-hoo.

Kim Min-seok also left a good impression in his rookie season, although not as much as Lee Jung-hoo. Rookie fielders were included in the first team entry at the beginning of the season, which is usually difficult to enter, and by the 2nd, they had accumulated considerable experience of 65 at-bats in 20 games. His batting average is not high at 0.230, but his defense and run are good, and his batting talent is also recognized, so he is in moderate use in the first team. 안전놀이터

On the 2nd, despite a sudden leadoff appearance, he played his part by making an outstanding performance with 3 hits. Originally, Ahn Kwon-soo was scheduled to enter as the first batter, but as he fell out due to minor elbow pain, the lineup was revised in a hurry, and Kim Min-seok replaced it.

However, Kim Min-seok said, “Even in high school, I tried all 1 to 3. He knew that the atmosphere of the team often moved depending on how the number 1 hitter did, so he didn’t try to die easily and come out even if he didn’t hit. If he comes out so easily, he knows the atmosphere of the hitters behind him, so he has the mindset that he will not die easily as a hitter who starts the game.”

There will be trial and error in the future, but Kim Min-seok’s determination is to persevere while making strong hits. Kim Min-seok said, “The timing cannot be perfect during the game. To be honest, I think that there are less than 10 hits that can be hit at the right timing, assuming full-time, so I always think about just hitting a strong hit rather than a certain timing.”


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