Daegu Samsung Lions Park, the home ground of the Samsung Lions, is a representative hitter-friendly stadium in the KBO League.
The distance from home plate to the center fence is 122m, to the left and right middle fences is 123.4m, and to the left and right fences is 99.5m. In particular, the distance between left and right is short. That much is advantageous for long hit production. However, Samsung was unable to produce young native sluggers who could take advantage of the home field.
There is an atmosphere in which a person who can strike a blow that Samsung so longed for this season will appear. In 2016, when the Daegu Samsung Lions first opened, Lee Seong-gyu (outfielder) wearing a Lions uniform sprinted to lead the home run in an exhibition game, heralding the birth of his hit product.
Lee Seong-gyu, who is considered the best prospect in the team, played in 148 games with the first team until last year, recording a batting average of 107.9 li (55 hits in 307 at-bats), 12 homers, 38 RBIs and 39 points. He hit 10 home runs in 2020, his first double-digit home run in his debut and a personal record for most in a single season.
It’s not just strength. The Futures’ career batting average is 303.2, and accuracy is also high. In 2018, as a member of the police baseball team, he topped the Futures Northern League with 31 homers. His potential as a slugger is limitless, but he has not been able to show his full potential due to frequent injuries. He was even intimidated by the pressure to show while going back and forth between the 1st and 2nd divisions.
It’s a completely different look in the trial game. As of the 25th, he has a batting average of 40% (10 hits in 25 at-bats), 5 homers, 10 RBIs, 7 runs scored and 2 stolen bases in 11 games. The part where he completely switched to an outfielder from this year and relieved the burden of defense also has a positive effect.
Manager Park Jin-man said, “Lee Seong-gyu is standing at bat with confidence in the demonstration game. I feel confident in his ability to cope with the breaking ball, which was his weakness.” expressed anticipation.
All five homers were hit in a close game within a three-point margin. Truly nutritious. On the 15th, against LG in Daegu, Lee Seong-gyu broke a 3-point arch from 1st and 2nd base in the 8th inning, leading 9-8, and on the 18th, he blew a solo arch in the 8th inning, trailing by 2 points against KT. In the game on the 19th, he took a one-run home run from KT left-hander Shim Jae-min in the 6th inning, leading 3-0. 바카라
On the 24th, Lee Seong-gyu hit the final home run against Gocheok Kiwoom. He led the team to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in the 7th inning when the score was trailing 1-3, and also hit a two-run arch in the 3rd inning away game against Doosan in Jamsil on the 25th.
Lee Seong-gyu, who is leading the home run in the exhibition game, said, “I have a lot of thoughts that it would be nice if this was the regular season. I’m just thinking about it,” he said.
If he continues the unstoppable momentum he showed in the exhibition game in the regular season, he will be a great energy for the team.