Samsung Lions rookie pitcher Lee Ho-seong (19) 스포츠토토received a passing grade from manager Park Jin-man. The command tower has watched Lee Ho-seong from close range since spring camp, and evaluated him as a lumber who will be responsible for Samsung’s starting mound in the future. Director Park plans to take care of Lee Ho-sung so that he can grow step by step.
Lee Ho-seong, a native of Incheon High School, joined Samsung with the 8th pick in the 1st round of the 2023 rookie draft. Lee Ho-seong, who has a height of 186 cm and a weight of 90 kg, was called by Samsung amid evaluations that stable control was his strength.
Lee Ho-seong in the blue uniform. He is also proving his worth in his actual matches. He left a strong impression by recording 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no runs in 1⅓ innings in a practice game against the Hanwha Eagles in Okinawa. And in the demonstration game against SSG Landers on the 14th, he pitched well with 2 strikeouts in 1 inning.
Lee Ho-seong, who is performing more than expected, aims to join the opening roster. If his rise continues, it is not an impossible story. Director Park also met with reporters on the 15th and said, “Lee Ho-seong has a bold style. It has been like that since the camp. He pitches boldly. Lee Ho-seong is also one of the candidates for the opening entry.”
If named in the first team entry, Lee Ho-seong is expected to start his career as a bullpen pitcher. He has to play as a starting pitcher in the long run, but he has to go through a period of adaptation to the first team stage. Coach Park said, “Lee Ho-seong needs to gain experience in the early stages. Since he is a rookie, he needs to manage. He plans to increase the number of pitches little by little.”
“If you throw well in the middle and gain experience, you can run as a starter. It is possible to compete for the 5th starter. However, since you are a rookie, you can over-pace. In the long run, you will be a starting pitcher, but you have to slowly build it in the bullpen.” added.
Among the new players this year, pitchers are especially noteworthy. The spotlight is pouring on Kim Seo-hyun, who joined the Hanwha Eagles as the first overall, and Yoon Young-chul, who wore the KIA Tigers uniform as the second. Meanwhile, Lee Ho-seong is also quietly developing his skills. If Lee Ho-seong settles down on the first-team stage, his rookie of the year could be a target.