“I have to make sure I’m ready.”
The second half of the 2023 season doesn’t look easy for Samsung Lions first-round pick Lee Seung-hyun, 21, a left-handed pitcher. While the team rebounded in the second half of the season to climb from last to eighth place, Lee’s pitching performance leaves something to be desired.
In the second half of the season, Lee is winless in 10 games with a 6.43 ERA in two starts. His batting average is also higher than in the first half (0.252 vs. 0.269). In August alone, he had a 9.00 ERA in five starts. This is his worst monthly ERA since May (10.38).
After giving up three consecutive runs against KIA in Daegu on Aug. 1 and 2 and LG Electronics in Daegu on Aug. 4, Lee pitched a no-hitter on Aug. 6, but was pulled from the mound on Aug. 11 after giving up a walk without recording an out against the SSG Landers in Incheon. After the 11th game, Lee was sent down to the second team. It was his second second-team demotion of the season after being sent down on May 17.
Despite his first half struggles, his second half was better. He went 1-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 33 games with five saves and five holds. He was trusted enough by Samsung to fill in for the faltering Oh Seung-hwan. However, he struggled in the second half of the season, which is unfortunate for Park. The first five games of the second half were good, but the next five games were bad.
On the 24th, when Daejeon Hanwha Life met at the Glasspark, Park Jin-man said, “Lee Seung-hyun is training with the Futures. He needs to show something in the Futures to move up. When he went down, he went down with a bad balance. He can only come up if he gets his balance right.”
“I’m going to keep practicing in the Futures, gain speed, and stabilize my pitches before I call up. I need to make sure I’m ready,” he said.
Lee has played one game since his demotion to the second team. He pitched one inning of one-hit ball with one strikeout against the Lotte Future Team on April 20. Samsung would like to see Lee take charge of one inning and throw his own pitches, even if it means facing one batter.
Lee has been called the future of Samsung since his debut in 2021. In 41 games in 2021, he went 1-4 with a 5.26 ERA and seven saves, and last season, he went 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA and 14 saves in 58 games, earning his first double-digit saves.안전놀이터
When he was sent down to the second team for the first time this season in May, he made it back up to the first team within 10 days. When he’ll move back up this time.