A secret weapon appeared on the LG Mound. Baek Seung-hyeon (28) is in his third year as a pitcher.
Baek Seung-hyun wore a striped uniform through the 2015 rookie draft. However, he is a player who entered as a hitter, not a pitcher. He was evaluated as a shortstop to succeed Oh Ji-hwan, but his hitting was not good. Then, in 2020, he accidentally appeared as a pitcher for Geelong Korea in the Australian League and found his talent.
After returning to Korea, he decided to become a pitcher, and started preparing as a pitcher in earnest in August.
In the first year of pitching in the 2021 season, he recorded an average ERA of 2.16 per hold without winning or losing 16 games. He had a bit of an ups and downs last season. He underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow after the season, and he seemed to be in the aftermath of the year. He left a rather disappointing record with an average ERA of 10.80 in 12 matches, 1 loss and 1 hold.
This year, the third year as a pitcher, is different. He made his body more perfect and caught the eye of director Yeom Kyung-yeop. And he proudly put his name on the opening entry.
Regarding Baek Seung-hyun, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “It seems that he will have many uses. I said that there should be another winning group in preparation for the Asian Games, but it is working.” It’s not bad either. The speed doesn’t drop until the number of pitches is 30. I think it’s okay up to 40-50.
Baek Seung-hyeon appeared in the opening series with KT Wiz last weekend, striking out 3 and scoring no runs in 2⅓ innings. 메이저놀이터
In the game on the 1st, in the bottom of the 6th inning, runners 2nd and 3rd came out in a crisis. The team had already given 8 points in the 6th inning, and the atmosphere was flowing towards KT. However, Baek Seung-hyun, who came up as the team’s fourth pitcher, cut off the flow by handling Jang Seong-woo with one ball.
In the game on the 2nd, in the bottom of the 4th inning, when the team was leading 9-5, a runner on first base followed Lim Chan-gyu. He struck out Anthony Alford, struck out Byeong-ho Park with a fly ball to right field, and Seong-woo Jang with a ground ball to third baseman. Baek Seung-hyun, who also came up in the 5th inning, struck out Hwang Jae-kyun, struck out Kim Min-hyeok with a shortstop ground ball, and struck out Park Kyung-soo with a swing and laughed. In particular, when Hwang Jae-gyun was struck out, a fast ball reaching up to 150 km was struck. 25 pitches.
LG currently lacks closer Ko Woo-seok, and the bullpen pitchers have not been able to find their condition. Jung Woo-young, who went to the WBC, is improving his condition, and Jin Hae-soo went down to the second group after sluggish ERA of 13.50 in two games. Lee Woo-chan and Kim Yoo-young were not included in the opening entry. In such a situation, it is nice to see Baek Seung-hyun’s performance. Attention is focusing on whether the third-year season as a pitcher will finally explode its potential.