Baek Seung-hyun of LG, who gave up his promising career as a shortstop and became a pitcher, has firmly established himself as a bullpen winner in his third year as a pitcher. He recorded his first save and his first win in his debut this year, and is playing with an earned run average in the 1-point range.메이저사이트
SSG and LG match held at Jamsil Stadium on the 16th. Yoo Young-chan came on the mound in the 7th inning, with LG leading 7-4. However, Yoo Young-chan threw 8 balls in a row and was on the verge of reaching first and second base with no outs. Yoo Young-chan got Choi Ji-hoon out with a fly ball to center field and was replaced by Baek Seung-hyeon.
Baek Seung-hyun set up slugger Choi Jeong with a three-pitch strikeout with one out and runners on first and second base. He induced a swing and a foul with a slider, then struck out the swing and a high fastball on the third pitch. Heredia walked and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Joo-Hwan Choi struck out a swinging slider with a large drop and prevented the crisis.
LG added 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to advance to 10-4, and in the 8th inning, Baek Seung-hyun and Choi Dong-hwan came on as relief pitchers. Baek Seung-hyun pitched 0.2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, and no runs.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said after the game, “There was a big crisis in the 7th inning, but Baek Seung-hyun overcame the crisis well and laid the foundation for victory. “I think Baek Seung-hyun has also developed into a player who has grown to the next level through the process of overcoming the crisis,” he praised.
Baek Seung-hyun was selected as a candidate for a new face in the bullpen at spring camp, and pitched in both games in the opening series against KT, pitching scoreless. However, after pitching one scoreless inning against Kiwoom on April 6, he was placed on the injured list due to a shoulder injury.
Baek Seung-hyun, who returned to the first team in early June, got 2 outs and recorded a save in the game against Samsung on June 14. He took the mound in the top of the 9th inning, ahead 3-2, with bases loaded and 1 out, striking out Kang Min-ho and securing the victory with a straight hit to shortstop Kim Dong-yeop. He dramatically recorded his first professional save in a comeback crisis.
In mid-June, he was out of the first team for about a month due to shoulder pain. Baek Seung-hyun, who returned to the first team at the end of July, is playing an active role in the team’s sure-to-win team. In the absence of Ham Deok-ju, he has been a strong supporter with no runs in 5⅓ innings in 6 games in September.
His performance this season is 30 games (28⅔ innings), 1 win, 1 save, 6 holds, and an ERA of 1.88. Among league pitchers who have appeared in more than 30 games, his ERA is the second lowest after LG Ham Deok-ju (ERA 1.62).
He also did not allow a single run out of 10 runners. The percentage of points allowed by successive runners is 0%. This is the only record among league pitchers with more than 10 succession runners.
Manager Yeom Kyeong-yeop is full of praise, mentioning the four new bullpen winners including Ham Deok-ju, Yoo Young-chan, Park Myung-geun, and Baek Seung-hyun, saying, “If we hadn’t had them, we could have been in the bottom from the beginning of the season.”
Baek Seung-hyun joined LG in the second third round (30th overall) of the 2015 draft. He was a promising shortstop and completed his military service early. He completed his military service as a social service agent and returned to LG in May 2017. Inside LG, Baek Seung-hyun was identified and nurtured as Oh Ji-hwan’s successor.
However, because Oh Ji-hwan boasted of the stamina of a ‘golden fireball’, patience was needed before he could get a chance to be in the first team. He played in 9 games in 2017, 5 games in 2018, and 14 games in 2019.
Baek Seung-hyun, who played in the Australian Professional Baseball League in the 2020-2021 season as a member of Geelong Korea, played briefly as a pitcher and became a turning point in his baseball life. He went up to the mound and threw the ball in a game in January 2020, and continued to spray fastballs that traveled over 150 km. He set a speed of 154 km, which was unofficial at the time.
At first he had no intention of becoming a pitcher. He played as a shortstop between the first and second teams in the 2020 season, and recorded a batting average of .255 (7 hits in 28 at-bats) in 27 games in the first team. Then, in the middle of the season, I had a change of heart. He asked the team to transition from a shortstop prospect to a pitcher. The club tried to dissuade him, but the player’s will was strong and he took on a new challenge as a pitcher.
Baek Seung-hyun, who learned the basics as a pitcher from the beginning, has been playing as a pitcher in the Futures League since the 2021 season. He made his first-team debut as a pitcher against Gwangju KIA on June 5, 2021. It was impressive. He recorded a maximum fastball velocity of 153 km.
He showed potential as a pitcher by appearing in 16 games (16⅔ innings) in the 2021 season and recording an ERA of 2.16 with 1 hold. After the season, he underwent surgery to remove bone fragments from his elbow, and last year he performed poorly with 1 loss and 1 hold in 12 games (10 innings) and an ERA of 10.80. Baek Seung-hyun, who received the attention of coach Yeom Kyung-yeop at this year’s spring camp, has established himself as a sure-to-win team in his third year as a pitcher.