Samsung Lions left-hander Lee Seung-hyun (21) has been active as an axis of the bullpen, appearing in as many as 41 games since 2021, the first year of joining. Last year, he pitched in 58 games, going 2-4 with 1 save and 14 holds, and an earned run average (ERA) of 4.53. It was a step up from the 2021 season with 1 win, 4 losses, 7 holds, and an ERA of 5.26. Expectations were high ahead of this season.
So far the process has been smooth. As of the 15th, he recorded 1 win, 1 loss, 3 saves and an ERA of 4.61 in 15 games. Although the aftermath of the two games in which he conceded a lot was great, he did not give up a single point in 11 games. It was because his value was recognized that he was selected as the finishing pitcher instead of Oh Seung-hwan (41), who was in poor condition.
Lee Seung-hyun is excellent at fastballs in the late 140 km/h range, and his sliders and curves are also highly complete. He himself is confident that “the position of the fastball, the angle of the breaking ball, and the movement of the curveball are my competitive edge.” The record of allowing only 2 out of 11 runners inherited from previous pitchers to home is also an indicator of his sense of stability.
When I first took on a major role, I felt a lot of pressure just with the modifier Oh Seung-hwan’s replacement. However, he regained his confidence thanks to the encouragement of his teammates, such as receiving a long message of support directly from Oh Seung-hwan. His heart became lighter as he shared his burdens with Kim Tae-hoon, who recently joined through a trade.
Lee Seung-hyun said,안전놀이터 “It would be a lie if I said there was no burden. When he was young, he played baseball at Citizens Baseball Stadium watching (Oh) Seunghwan. At first, I thought if I could take this position (finishing). It was a lot of pressure,” he looked back. “I feel like I tend to think a lot on the mound, so now I try not to think too much. The more thoughts you have, the more difficult you become.”
Now, I run only looking at the team’s victory. “I always do my best to help the team win. I have to do well so that I can only show a good image,” he said.