“It’s the best pitcher I threw today (8th).”
A left-handed young gun appeared that made Goo Dae-seong (53), the ‘Invincible King’, shine in his eyes. Doosan Bears left-hander Lee Byung-hun (20) is the main character. On the 8th, Lee Byung-hun had live pitching for the first time since entering this spring camp at Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia. Lee Byung-hun threw 25 balls with about 70% of his strength, and Koo Dae-seong nodded his head at Lee Byung-hun’s balls and watched with satisfaction.
Koo Dae-seong said, “He throws a ball that is not easily hit. It seems that there is a reason why he has good control. Other pitchers have points that come and go, but this friend has only one throwing point. It is only one constant. These players try to maintain control There’s no need to do it. It’s better to let him throw whatever he wants.”
Lee Byung-hun is a left-handed fireball player who joined Doosan as the first choice in 2022. Since his sophomore year at Seoul High School, he has been ranked as the top left-hander in the country by throwing a fast ball that exceeds 150 km/h. He underwent elbow surgery in his third year of high school and was rehabilitated, so last season he only played in 9 games in the first team, but his outstanding potential is still evident even in the eyes of the left-handed legend today.
Coach Lee plans to use Lee Byung-hun as a left-handed bullpen pitcher this year. Manager Lee said, “I’m watching all left-handed pitchers closely, but Lee Byung-hun is throwing a good ball. I’m trying to put pressure on the player because he has to do a very important job. Right now, the team is a bit short of left-handed pitchers, so Lee Byung-hun has to do well. Now He is throwing the most powerful ball among the left-handed bullpens. He will do a good job in good condition,” he praised, “I feel like senior Koo Dae-sung.” 안전놀이터
Koo Dae-sung smiled and said, “(Lee Byung-hun) doesn’t look like me” to coach Lee’s evaluation, but gave the thumbs up, saying, “He throws the best pitcher I’ve ever seen.”
He added that he was in good shape too. Lee Byung-hun recorded the highest speed of 146 km in the regular season last year, and he is already in good condition enough to reach 144 km when pitching to the bullpen.
Koo Dae-seong explained, “When I see him throwing that much, it doesn’t seem to hurt to me. It depends on what he thinks. It doesn’t seem like he’s throwing 100%, but if he throws 80% or more, everything is better.”
Coach Lee had Byung-Hun Lee say hello to Dae-Sung Koo after he finished pitching in the bullpen. Goo Dae-sung asked Lee Byung-hun shyly as he walked up to him, “You saw it very well. What percentage did you throw?” Lee Byung-hun replied, “I threw it at 70%,” and Goo Dae-seong smiled broadly, saying, “It seemed like that. It was very good.”
Lee Byung-hun said, “I didn’t know (Koo Dae-sung) was sitting in front of me. In fact, I thought (the more I threw at camp) the less I liked it. , I didn’t like the balance. I don’t like my control, and I think it’s lacking. I think I need to find a way to overcome it.”