Kiwoom Heroes outfielder Lee Hyeong-jong (34), who had a sluggish first half, was once again sent down to the second team on the 11th.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced the change in first-team entries on the 11th. LG Twins pitcher Choi Won-tae, Samsung Lions pitcher Kim Si-hyun, NC Dinos outfielder Cheon Jae-hwan, SSG Landers pitcher Lee Ki-soon, infielder Kim Chan-hyung, Jeon Eui-san, and Kiwoom Heroes pitcher Byun Si-won and outfielder Lee Hyeong-jong were sent down.
Along with the name of Choi Won-tae, who has 2 wins, 2 losses and an average ERA of 8.27 in 7 games since his trade transfer from Kiwoom to LG, the deletion of Lee Hyeong-jong also stood out. Hyeongjong Lee’s second erasure of the season.
Ahead of this season, a Futures free agent contract was signed with Kiwoom for a total of 2 billion won. Lee Hyeong-jong, who came to LG through LG’s first round selection after graduating from Seoul High School in 2008, was originally a pitcher when he joined, but switched to a hitter due to an injury.
He recorded a batting average of 0.282, 35 hits, 1 home run, 14 RBI, and 14 runs in 61 games in the 2016 season, and recorded triple-digit hits and double-digit home runs for three consecutive years from the 2017 season to the 2019 season. In the 2018 season, he had a career-high season with a batting average of .316, 138 hits, 13 home runs, and 42 RBI. He also hit double-digit home runs for four consecutive years from the 2018 season to the 2021 season.
He appeared in 624 career games, recording a career batting average of .281, 544 hits, 63 home runs, 254 RBI, and 286 runs scored. Last season, due to injuries, his batting average in 26 games was only 0.264, 14 hits, 7 RBIs, and 3 runs, but he was evaluated as a player who would do his part if given the opportunity.
Kiwoom also said, “We are happy to recruit a starting-level outfielder with abundant experience. It is expected that the addition of Lee Hyeong-jong will create a well-organized batting line and that the outfield defense will also become stronger. “I hope he will be a great help in attack and defense,” he said.먹튀검증
However, as the season approaches its end, Lee Hyung-jong’s performance is disappointing. In 99 games, he has a batting average of 0.215, 68 hits, 3 home runs, 37 RBI, 35 runs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.646. Dividing the first and second halves, the batting average in 77 games in the first half was 0.224, 57 hits, 3 home runs, and 30 RBIs, and in the second half, the batting average in 22 games was 0.177, 11 hits, 7 RBIs, and 6 runs.
The start of the season wasn’t bad. He was decent in April with a batting average of 0.264. In the opening series, against the Gocheok Hanwha Eagles on April 2, he raised expectations by hitting hard with 4 hits, 1 RBI, and 1 run.
However, the pace dropped in May. His batting average dropped to 0.191 in May and 0.194 in June. In early May, Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki said of Lee Hyung-jong, “He seems to be impatient. He is feeling pressured because he thinks he will be left out if he fails to hit one at-bat. So I said, ‘Don’t feel pressured, I won’t take it off during the game.’” He gave me confidence.
After the start of the second half of the season, he seemed to come back to life by hitting in 5 consecutive games, from the Busan Lotte Giants game on July 23rd to the Daegu Samsung Lions game on the 28th, but he fell silent again. In the end, coach Hong Won-ki dismissed Lee Hyeong-jong on August 3rd. He was raised again on August 25 after playing in eight games for the Futures and showing a batting average close to .300.
However, he came up and played in 12 games, but only had a hit in three games. In particular, his batting average in September is serious at 0.056. During his team’s recent seven-game losing streak, Hyung-Jong Lee has just 1 hit in 13 at-bats.
With Lee Jeong-hoo out due to injury and Lee Won-seok and Lee Ji-young also in the second team, we expected a one-shot from Lee Hyeong-jong, but it did not come.
For Lee Hyung-jong, who was on the verge of playing in 100 games for the first time in 4 years after playing in 120 games in the 2019 season, it is inevitable that he will be eliminated from the first team. Kiwoom has 13 remaining games. Will Lee Hyeong-jong get another chance?