He’s a big gun…Lotte’s ‘Jeon-Tani’ Lee Do-ryu Challenge One Month, Discovering the Potential of Right-Win Fireballer “Beyond Command Expectations”
The Lotte Giants have been conducting an intense offseason camp since new manager Kim Tae-hyung took over. On the 8th, they held their first blue-and-white game (7 innings). First-round rookie Jeon Mir (18), who has raised expectations as a two-hitter and “Idoryu” since his high school days, started as the seventh designated hitter for the Blue Team and took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning. While he didn’t get a hit at the plate, he did produce a sharp line drive, and on the mound, he sealed the game with his overpowering pitching. One inning, one hit, no runs.굿모닝토토 주소
Jeon, who is still in high school, joined the team last month on the 15th and has been pitching and hitting like he always wanted. Since the days of his predecessor, Sung Min-kyu, Jeon has been trying to combine the two, and the new manager, Kim Tae-hyung, is also watching him, saying, “I have to feel it myself.”
As a pitcher at Gyeongbuk High School, Jeon threw a fastball that reached up to 151 kilometers per hour, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.32 ERA in 18 games and 67⅔ innings, with 54 strikeouts, 15 walks and eight strikeouts. As a hitter, he went 27-for-28 (81 RBI) with three home runs, 32 RBI, 22 walks, 13 strikeouts, and a 1.032 OPS in 27 games. Everyone knew he had talent as both a pitcher and a hitter, and he showed it.
Jeon has a physical build of 185 cm and 95 kg. He focused on weight training since his freshman year of high school and built up his muscular body. Coach Kim Tae-hyung said, “It’s rare for a player to have that kind of strength at his age. Strength can work in the pros,” he said, acknowledging his natural strength.
However, according to Kim Tae-hyung, ‘Hitter Jeon Mir’ is still a raw material. “He’s very rough. The parts that follow the ball are rough. It’s important to transfer the power you have to the ball or not, but when you hit, there is a lot of movement and it doesn’t transfer well,” he said. As the final round of training enters its fourth turn, this assessment remains unchanged.
However, the evaluation of Jeon Mir, the pitcher, is quite different. Coach Kim Tae-hyung is more generous in his assessment of the pitcher. After the Blue-Black game on the 8th, Kim said, “I think his command ability is better than I thought. It’s more than I expected.” In that game, Jeon threw 10 pitches. His fastball topped out at 145.8 mph and averaged 144.2 mph. He threw six fastballs, three curves and one slider.
Pitching coach Joo Hyung-kwang also took notice of the right-handed pitcher, who is currently participating in the final camp, and said, “He has very good power.” Currently, Jeon’s training is organized as 70% pitcher and 30% hitter. He trains more on the pitching side.
In fact, Jeon’s natural size and strength make him attractive as a hitter. Coach Kim Tae-hyung also expressed his disappointment with the current composition of the squad, saying, “I don’t see any players who can hit long balls”.
Although he said that the team was not yet polished, Jeon’s natural strength means that he has the potential to be a big hitter. However, the fact that he is now being evaluated more as a pitcher and less as an on-field player suggests that the team sees new possibilities and potential in him.
The club hasn’t decided on his path yet, and he still wants to be a two-hitter. One month into the Idoryu Challenge. Zemir is feeling a lot of things.
“It’s something I’ve always done, but it’s always new. My coach believes in me now and gives me confidence by saying, ‘Keep going.’ I feel like he believes in me and I’m working hard to live up to his expectations,” he laughs.
“My expectations were not wrong,” he said, “but I felt that the professional game is very different. It’s a different level. When I was in high school, even if I threw it to the center, I would get a bad swing, but in the pros, even if it’s just one strike, I’m not going to be surprised. I felt that a lot,” he explained.
Both pitchers and hitters are currently working on corrections to perfect their natural power. “On the pitcher’s side, I’ve been throwing only with the power of my upper arm, but I’ve been practicing a lot of pelvic and lower body-centered movements,” said Jeon. “On the batter’s side, I’m in the process of minimizing my movements and making explosive hits because there are a lot of movements at the plate. Coach Kim Joo-chan is teaching us well,” he explained.
Coach Kim Tae-hyung also watches Jeon Mir train and gives him a few words of advice. He’s working on pinpoint corrections. “One word can change a lot,” he says. He tells me a lot of very important points, and when I change one of them, I feel like something else gets better.”
The final camp will determine his future. He’ll either continue with the two-hitting combination or decide to focus on one side of the game, either pitching or hitting. “If they give me a choice, I will quickly accept it and embrace it. It’s not my choice, it’s for the good of the team, so I think I’ll have to accept it quickly,” he said, “but I haven’t made a choice yet, so I’ll do my best.”