A pitcher who surprised coach Bae Young-soo, a legend with 138 professional wins, has been called up to the first team.
Lotte Giants right-hander Park Jin is the protagonist.
Lotte added pitcher Park Jin to its first-team roster and cancelled catcher Ji Ji-wan ahead of the seventh game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the KIA Tigers at Sajik Stadium in Busan on Wednesday. He was originally scheduled to be called up to the first team the day before, but his call-up was delayed by one day due to the process of transitioning from a developmental player to a regular player.토토사이트
Park joined Lotte with the 38th overall pick in the 2019 Secondary Fourth Round and spent most of his time in the Futures League. He appeared in two games for the first team in 2019, posting a 9.00 ERA in one inning.
After his military service, he continued to play in the Futures League for two more years, starting in 2021. Including this year, he has a career record of 57 games, 146⅓ innings, 5 wins, 10 losses, 3 holds, and 4 saves with a 5.41 ERA in the Futures League, and 12 games, 23⅔ innings, 1 loss, 1 hold, and 3 saves with a 4.56 ERA this season.
“Coach Bae Young-soo told me about Park’s good stuff,” said manager Larry Sutton before Game 3, “and I know he’s got a good mentality, and I’ve heard he’s done well in the second team. I hope he can achieve success in the first team based on the experiences he had in the second team,” he said, explaining why he gave Park a chance.
Pitching coach Bae Young-soo, who had watched the players train the day before, returned to the dugout and said, “I was surprised when I received Park Jin’s ball.” It will be interesting to see if Park Jin, who hasn’t made a first-team appearance in more than four years since resigning on 2 May 2019, can help Lotte’s mound.