One of the most noteworthy figures in the LG Twins’ Arizona camp this time is Lee Jae-won. Lee Jae-won, who is now in his sixth year of high school, has returned from the business he had gone to the doorstep and got the best opportunity since his debut.
LG’s new head coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop expressed his desire to raise Lee Jae-won, and granted Lee Jae-won, who postponed enlistment, a starting first baseman position and a fixed batting order. It means to grow in the first team while playing his swing comfortably.
Lee Jae-won is LG’s most anticipated geopo prospect. He became the second-team home run king for two consecutive years in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and last year he appeared in 85 games for the first team and hit 13 home runs, showing his potential as a big shot. It is evaluated that he can easily pass 20 if he plays full-time.
Lee Jae-won took his first step as a first baseman. On the 2nd (Korean time), Lee Jae-won practiced defense while wearing a first baseman’s mitt during the spring camp that started at the San Francisco Giants Baseball Complex in Scottsdale, Arizona 스포츠토토, USA. Lee Jae-won, who played as an outfielder until last year, also played first base in high school, and occasionally played as first baseman in second-team games or in the Australian League of Geelong Korea.
However, he still needs a lot of work to become a pro-level professional first baseman. Lee Jae-won said, “It seems to have been difficult because the basic skills have not yet been mastered,” and said, “I think it would be good if the basic skills were learned by practicing a lot of defense in this camp.” He continued, “I used to feel like I was doing it because the first base was empty, but now I have to do it professionally. It will be difficult, but I have to do well and overcome it.”
On this day, Lee Jae-won, who teamed up with Oh Ji-hwan, Son Ho-young, and Moon Bo-gyeong, and trained to catch and connect grounders at shortstop, said, “(Oh) Ji-hwan was definitely different. I kept watching and learning how he was doing from behind.”
It sparkled in May of last year. During the month of May, he posted a batting average of 3.18 with 5 homers and 15 RBIs. After that, as his batting average fell, his opportunities to appear gradually decreased.
Regarding that time, Lee Jae-won said, “I don’t think I knew myself. I hit quickly with the thought that my opponent would beat me quickly, but it had the opposite effect.” I felt the importance of fighting with the pitcher.
This season, he seems to be able to stand at bat with a more comfortable mind while eliminating worries about strikeouts. Lee Jae-won said, “I am grateful that the coach treats me well. I want to continue playing.” It was so good and I felt comfortable. Now I will do my own swing.”
LG’s 2023 season that Lee Jae-won’s performance is essential. As Chae Eun-seong leaves for the Hanwha Eagles, LG needs a right-handed hitter, so Lee Jae-won must break the mold of a promising player and come out to strengthen the batting line.
Lee Jae-won expressed confidence, saying, “As much as you expected, you have to be able to live up to those expectations, and you can do well.” Scottsdale (USA)