Kiwoom Heroes FA (free agent) transfer student Lee Hyung-jong (34) seems to have found his place. As a leadoff, he contributes to the team’s offense.
Lee Hyung-jong started as the first hitter and left fielder in the 2023 KBO League home game against SSG Landers held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 1st, and scored 3 hits and 3 runs in 5 at-bats, leading the team to a 6-3 victory. . At the end of the first inning, he attacked SSG starter Roennis Elias’ slider and hit a left-handed double, then stepped on third base due to an error by the opponent’s fielder. He stepped on the home plate with a left-handed hit by follow-up hitter Kim Hye-sung. Even at the end of the 7th inning, when the team was leading 3-0, Lee Hyung-jong, who was the lead batter, attacked the 144km/h four-seam fastball (fastball) of the changed pitcher Lim Jun-seop, hit the left-hander, and opened up another scoring opportunity. Kiwoom scored additional points as follow-up Kim Hye-seong and Lee Jung-hoo hit consecutive hits.
Hyung-Jong Lee got on base with a hit in the fifth at-bat in the 8th inning, with no runners out. Kim Hye-Sung walked to 2nd base and the opposing pitcher foiled 3rd base, and Lee Jeong-Hoo scored the 3rd run in the game. He scored the most goals in a single game this season.
In the match against SSG on the 2nd, when Kiwoom lost 5-9, Lee Hyung-jong was the first hitter and went on base in all at-bats. In the bottom of the first inning, his first at-bat resulted in a walk from opposing pitcher Oh Won-seok, and in the third inning, he hit a solo home run from Oh Won-seok as the lead batter. He continued to contribute to the production of scoring opportunities, including a walk from second base with no out in the fifth inning and a double with no runners out in the sixth inning. In the top of the ninth inning, the lead batter walked on base.
Lee Hyeong-jong left the LG Twins after becoming a free agent for Futures last winter and signed a contract with Kiwoom for 4 years and a total of 2 billion won. He lived up to expectations by going 5 hits in 9 at-bats in the opening two consecutive games against the Hanwha Eagles, but fell into a batting slump afterwards. In the 67 matches he played through June, he had a batting average of only 0.221, falling short of expectations. He was also pushed from the center line to the 7th and 8th batting order.
However, from mid-June, his hitting sense gradually revived. His RBI production also increased significantly. In his first two games in July, as the No. 1 hitter, he finally ransom. Director Hong Won-ki also welcomed it.
In Kiwoom, Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Hye-seong continue to feel a hot blow, and Lee Won-seok, who recently signed a multi-year contract with the club, is also playing a good role as a solver. Foreign hitter Edison Russell is out with a wrist injury and is unable to operate at 100% power, but Lee Hyeong-jong is showing signs of rebounding and minimizing his power loss. 온라인카지노
If a left-handed pitcher starts, Lee Hyeong-jong is expected to lead the team’s offense. If there are many games that contribute to the team’s scoring in a position where he gains good energy, it seems that Kiwoom will be able to regain his expected skills soon by signing him.