Lotte, who has been frustrated by failing to advance to the postseason for the past few years, has been given the right to nominate a newcomer every year in return. The nomination rights were invested in prospects who fit the team’s tone, and the team’s farm energy was quite different from before.
It seems that those players are coming up to the first team one by one and taking their place. In the other lineup, left-handed hitter Koh Seung-min (23) and rookie outfielder Kim Min-seok (19) stand out. The two players have good athletic ability and have a common point of batting material. They are in the limelight as players who will lead the future of Lotte. 안전놀이터
Goh Seung-min showed off his batting talent by recording a batting average of 0.316 in 92 games last year. There were times when he was trapped in Platoon’s swamp, but this year he feels like he’s getting a little bit free. Ko Seung-min’s talent is confirmed by his batting speed, which is the highest in the league. He said that he has all the technical mechanisms such as the material to hit, the power, and the trajectory.
According to the tally of ‘Trackman’, which provides tracking data to 9 KBO league teams, Ko Seung-min’s measured average batting speed far exceeds 140 km/h. Last year, he averaged 142.4 km, 8th overall in the league (based on the number of batted balls over 50), and this year, he was 9th in the league with 142.1 km. The expectation is that if he adds strength to this talent, he will grow into a better player.
Kim Min-seok, a rookie this year, has some areas to improve, but his talent itself is not inferior to Ko Seung-min. There are also evaluations that he is better than Koh Seung-min in comprehensive tools such as batting, running and defense. He is athletic, has a good starting lineup, and has the potential to develop into a top-class defender in addition to his ability to hit hard balls.
Lotte coach Larry Sutton also said, ahead of the KIA game in Gwangju on the 3rd, “First of all, the confidence of the two players is growing every day. They are showing maturity as baseball players and maturing as teammates.” It seems that there is. And the attitude of the players has changed during training and they are showing that they are working hard. Personally, I am working very hard. I have to make up for my weaknesses, but the players are working hard in the direction of maximizing their strengths.” did not spare
However, Lotte’s beast talent is not the only one. Na Seung-yeop (21), a batting talent who was perhaps better evaluated in high school, will join the team during this season. Na Seung-yeop enlisted in the Armed Forces Sports Unit (Sangmu) last year. He left a strong impression with a batting average of 0.300, 7 homers and 64 RBIs in 82 Futures League games last year.
He is wielding a batting average of 0.417 and 7 RBIs in 15 games by the 3rd this year as well. His OPS, the sum of his on-base percentage and slugging percentage, comes to 1.065. He is proving that he is a noteworthy gemstone, albeit a grade 2 grade. Na Seung-yeop’s discharge has a ripple effect that can lubricate Lotte’s generational shift. It will still take more time, but I can’t help but look forward to the Lotte lineup they will build in the long run.