The baby lion broke 9 and finally hit 10 home runs for the first time in his debut. This is the story of Samsung Lions Lee Jae-hyun (20).안전놀이터
Lee Jae-hyun started as the 9th shortstop in an away game against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 11th and recorded 1 hit in 3 at-bats (1 home run), 1 walk and 1 run.
Lee Jae-hyun, who struck out in the first at-bat in the third inning, did not just walk away in the second at-bat. At the beginning of the 5th inning, when the team was 2-2, SSG starter Oh Won-seok hit a 140km fastball on the 3rd pitch and hit a big ball. It was a come-from-behind solo gun that went over the left fence. Season 10. This is the moment he achieved a double-digit home run for the first time since his debut. It has been five years since Kim Sang-soo (33, KT).
Lee Jae-hyun’s home run played a decisive role in Samsung’s 5-4 victory and became the final shot.
Lee Jae-hyun, wearing a Samsung uniform with the first nomination in 2022, recorded a batting average of 0.236, 7 homers, 23 RBIs and 23 points in 75 games in the first year of his debut. He pitched 566⅓ innings defensively. He pitched 30 innings at second base, 156 at third base, and 380⅓ innings at shortstop.
And this year, his sophomore season, he was definitely in place. He only plays shortstop. He’s showing signs of becoming a great shortstop with his offense here as well.
It starts with 10 home runs. In particular, he ranks first among shortstops in home runs. Now, there is a gap of four points from Kim Joo-won (NC), who placed second.
Lee Jae-hyun, who we met after the game, said, “At the beginning of the season, I thought I wanted to hit a double-digit home run. However, as I entered the season, I liked going to games rather than home runs. So I didn’t think of a home run.” If I hit one more, it’s 10, so I wanted a home run to come out quickly.”
Regarding the home run situation, he smiled, saying, “The timing was late in the first at-bat. So, I hit it with the idea of hitting it faster in the second at-bat.
It is no exaggeration to say that Lee Jae-hyeon is the next-generation infield commander who will succeed Park Jin-man and Kim Sang-su as shortstops in the Lion Corps.
Lee Jae-hyun expressed his determination, “It is a real honor for me to have such a modifier. It is an honor just to have my name mentioned like this. The coach was the best shortstop in Korea. I will do my best to continue that reputation.”