Lotte Giants right-hander Lee In-bok’s return to the first team has been confirmed. He came to the mound as the key to reorganizing the team mound position.스포츠토토
Prior to the season 11 game against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 21st, Lotte coach Larry Sutton said, “Lee In-bok will be a starting pitcher in the game on the 22nd.”
Lee In-bok played as the first full-time starting pitcher last year and recorded a respectable performance with an average ERA of 4.19 with 9 wins and 9 losses in 26 games and 126⅔ innings. Lotte’s advance into the postseason was canceled, but the discovery of Lee In-bok was a great harvest.
His fastball speed was formed in the early 140km range, so he was not the type to overwhelm batters with his pitch, but he pitched effectively every time he pitched with a sharp two-seam fastball.
In the 2022 season, it was supported by stable control, allowing only 2.13 walks per 9 innings. From a coaching staff standpoint, he was a pitcher who could be trusted and entrusted with the game.
However, Lee In-bok started his season later than his teammates. After undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments in his right arm in January, he slowly raised his pace after undergoing rehabilitation, and from the end of last month, he was put into actual matches in the Futures League.
His Futures League pitching content was not good, with an earned run average of 6.28 with 13 runs (10 earned) in 4 games and 14⅓ innings. Even in the recent game against SSG Landers’ 2nd team on the 11th, which was his recent appearance, he struggled with 10 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout and 4 runs in 5 innings.
However, in the case of the SSG match, he showed a complete recovery with a fast ball speed of 144 km and an average speed of 140 km. It is also encouraging that he raised the number of pitches in the 2nd team to the point where he could start for the 1st team.
Coach Sutton gave up a spot in the starting lineup after agonizing over the use of Lee In-bok until recently. Instead, sidearm Han Hyun-hee, who was a fifth starter, will move to the bullpen. Han Hyun-hee has been working as a bullpen pitcher since the previous day against KT.
Han Hyun-hee started the season as the 5th starter after transferring from Kiwoom Heroes to Lotte through FA last winter, but recently changed his position amidst a series of sluggishness.
Manager Sutton explained, “Through discussion with the pitching coach (Bae Young-soo), we decided to change Han Hyun-hee’s position from starting pitcher to bullpen pitcher.”