Lotte Giants coach Larry Sutton continues to compete. Director Sutton likes the word ‘competition’. Because he needs the team to perform better.
Outfielder Kim Min-seok of Lotte’s 메이저사이트‘Express Rookie’ and outfielder Ahn Kwon-soo, who has a history as a ‘third-generation Korean-Japanese’, are showing good condition through competition as Sutton wishes. Director Sutton is showing satisfaction.
Before the exhibition match against SSG Landers held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 15th, coach Sutton praised the performance of the free agent transfer students. This is because Han Hyun-hee, who started against the Doosan Bears on the 14th, pitched well with 2 hits and 5 strikeouts while playing 4 people, and Yoo Gang-nam hit a grand home run and Noh Jin-hyuk hit a 3-run home run to lead the team to an 8-4 victory. It was a day when the performance of the 3 free agents stood out.
Manager Sutton said, “Hyeon-hee Han showed a strong performance through 4 innings. It was sharp. He also used the changing ball in the right place,” he praised. Regarding Yoo Kang-nam, “The catcher was also good at blocking. He managed the game well. There was also a base stealer,” he praised, and “Noh Jin-hyuk hit a three-run home run, which was a great help to win. Yoo Gang-nam led the victory with a grand home run. He said, “I am satisfied not only with the results, but also with the fact that they are going to do what they do.”
At the same time, he mentioned Ahn Kwon-soo, who is competing in the outfield. Coach Sutton said, “Ahn Kwon-soo is going through a good test. From the first day he joined, he has been working very hard,” he praised.
Ahn Kwon-soo made his debut at Doosan in 2020, and on December 7 last year, Lotte recruited Ahn Kwon-soo. During his three seasons at Doosan, he recorded a batting average of 2.8 and 6 Lee. In his last season, he batted 2.9 and 7 in 76 games. He is regarded as a player with good outfield defense and good contact skills.
In fact, Lotte is looking for the right person for the center fielder. Rookie Kim Min-seok has been receiving a lot of attention with a strong impression since the camp, but Ahn Kwon-soo is competing. He is quick on his feet and has good maneuverability.
Director Sutton is also looking good. “He is a player with energy,” Sutton said. He is a player with a high training attitude, enthusiasm and focus. He is a useful player for the team. He’s not just good, he’s great. I set standards every day, and Ahn Kwon-soo is a big help.”
Lotte, which finished in 8th place last season, is aiming for a leap forward by reinforcing its power from the outside. Han Hyun-hee, Noh Jin-hyuk, and Yoo Kang-nam, three free agent transfer students who have attracted a lot of attention, are living up to expectations.
Here, Ahn Kwon-soo is injecting vitality into the team. This is why we are looking forward to a different Lotte baseball this year.