It’s okay to be worried about the second draft… LG’s 33 pitchers, the present and future saved by Yeom Kyung-yeop

  • September 9, 2023

LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop has focused on strengthening the team’s overall player base since the last Arizona camp. Anyway, LG had a certain composition of key players. However, it was believed that more players were needed to stably last one season. Anyway, the goal was to win, and other than that, there was no meaning.

He worked hard to build a ‘second sure-win team’ line and develop new fielders centered around Lee Jae-won and Son Ho-young. Whether it came true or not, many special plans were made for them. However, even Coach Yeom could not have anticipated the vacancy on the team’s mound at the beginning of this season. He still thought there were constants, but many of those constants were overthrown. It was embarrassing even for Director Yeom, who thought he had prepared thoroughly.

Casey Kelly, who was firmly believed to be a foreign ace in the starting lineup, continued to perform poorly in the early part of the season. Even after the All-Star break, there was a lot of noise with ‘I’m making a change, Mani’. Kim Yun-sik, who was thought to have become a sure starter due to his growth last year, performed poorly, Lee Min-ho was unable to break through, and the young players who were expected to be the 5th starter were not yet there. The most important starting lineup was shaken mercilessly.

The bullpen was even worse. Go Woo-seok, Jung Woo-young, and Lee Jeong-yong, who were the team’s sure-to-win team last year, showed poor pace from the start of the season. Calculating the bullpen became difficult as the players who had maintained the team’s lead in the 7th to 9th inning showed signs of trouble, not individually, but as a group. It was even worse because the starter’s innings were limited.

Here, Coach Yeom makes several decisions to save LG this season. Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho were completely sent down to the second team. No matter how we blocked the first half, I thought we would ultimately need the strength of these players in the second half. He took a long look and had me ready. While Lim Chan-gyu struggled in the first half, he showed a surprise card by selecting Lee Jeong-yong as the starter instead.

Lee Jeong-yong was a player who performed well in a sure-to-win team, so switching to starting position was not an easy one to think about. His career as a starter in the pros was not outstanding. It was a tremendous change of thinking. Some say that this was possible because Director Yeom came from outside and did not have any preconceptions.

In the bullpen, we experimented with the various players we had prepared and achieved significant results. He wrote boldly without hesitation. In the absence of the three sure-to-be winners, new players such as Yoo Young-chan, Baek Seung-hyun, and Park Myung-geun came forward to add strength. It was the most decisive driving force that helped LG’s bullpen endure in a situation where Ko Woo-seok and Jung Woo-young were still unable to find their normal condition.

As a result, LG has a total of 32 players who faced at least one batter in the first team this season. In fact, all pitchers came up and threw, excluding pitchers who could not pitch due to injury, pitchers who were in the military, and rookie pitchers who did not have much second-team experience yet. Son Joo-young, who was announced as the starter for the second game of the doubleheader on the 9th, will become LG’s 33rd pitcher this season. Some even say that we should keep an eye on LG Mound in the 2nd draft when it will be revived. This is because many good pitchers were seen, even if they were not fixed in the first team.안전놀이터

Coach Yeom said, “In the end, the current resources were created by using them in this way. We used them in various ways, and the distribution of power is now a bit more divided than other teams. We created an environment where we can use many players, not just one or two players. “I lost,” he said. “In the end, the variety I used helped me grow Baek Seung-hyun, Yoo Young-chan, and Park Myung-geun. If you don’t challenge yourself, you won’t be able to do anything. You have to have diversity at the beginning of the season, so you can have more leeway in the second half of the season. It’s something I thought about a lot while coaching. “There is a little bit of leeway in the beginning, so it’s effective to use it in a variety of ways even if you fail a little.”

Director Yeom also considers such a process fortunate. Coach Yeom said, “If we had continued the season focusing on Kim Yun-sik and Lee Min-ho, and if the bullpen had continued to believe that Jung Woo-young and Lee Jeong-yong would do well this year because they did well last year, we would have been nowhere. We would be in 4th or 5th place now,” and continued preparation is needed. He emphasized that

The overall results were good, which also serves as a stepping stone for the future. In any case, Coach Yeom believes that Ko Woo-seok and Jung Woo-young must come back to life in order for the team to achieve the desired results in the postseason. If so, there could be great synergy with players who pitched well this year. A sure-win team for all members becomes possible. This achievement will continue into next year. Next year, we can start with a more stable power, and with the players we created this year, even if the same variables come, it will be a little easier to deal with them. Although it will be discussed in many aspects after Coach Yeom’s season ends, there is a clear possibility that he will receive a positive evaluation in his handling of the mound crisis.

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