“My role model is Yeong-pyo hyung in baseball, and coach Yoo Yu-jun in life.”
Pitcher Lee Seon-woo (23), who joined KT Wiz in the 2nd round of 7th round in 2019 from Sujincho-Maesongjung-Yushingo, was converted from a training player to an official player in May. He was the one who only played 2 games in the 2019 season and 3 games in the 2020 season until this season. There were more fans who didn’t know Lee Sun-woo’s name than fans who knew his name.
Lee Seon-woo, who came up to the first team on May 2, was like a raindrop on the KT mound, which had many injuries at the time. He appeared in 19 games and had a 3.18 ERA with one loss, giving strength to the mound. His slider and two-seam fastball were his strengths, and his control of various movements stood out.
Lee Seon-woo, who met at the KT Future Steam training ground in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do on the 17th, said, “After coming down to the 2nd team, I will think again about what I lacked and try not to forget the mindset of preparing well.” I thought ‘would it be? The team was having a hard time at the time, but I am grateful to coach Lee Kang-cheol for giving me a chance in that situation. He also helped a lot from the Futures coaches and coaches.”스포츠토토
At the same time, he said, “I throw a lot of two-seam rather than four-seam, and it works. I am not a strikeout pitcher, but a pitcher who induces ground balls or fly balls. He tries to play fast, within 3 pitches per batter. As a result, it seems that good results came out in the first group.”
On the 11th of last month, Lee Seon-woo, who returned to the 2nd team and had time to reorganize, made the match against the Samsung Futures team on August 13 the most meaningful game in his baseball life. It was because he started playing baseball and got his first shutout. He showed perfect pitching with 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts and no run in 9 innings.
He said, “The shutout was the first time in my baseball life. I felt good, but it was very difficult. Still, the part where I pitched within 100 pitches was meaningful. I was very happy,” he laughed.
Lee Seon-woo, who enlisted on February 22, 2021, fulfilled his military duty at the 15th Division located in Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do. After serving as an administrative soldier, he was discharged on August 21 last year.
Lee Seon-woo said, “The company commander was very considerate of me because I am an athlete and have had elbow surgery.” “Catch ball was not played in the military. He had surgery, so he thought he should throw the ball after he was discharged. Instead, I continued weight training and running without getting injured.”
“For a year and a half, I watched my brothers and seniors play baseball every day on TV. I always thought, ‘I’m not sick, and I wish I could appear on TV’.”
His role models are Koh Young-pyo, who belongs to the same team, and Yuhan-jun, the first-team hitting coach.
When asked why, Lee Seon-woo said, “After becoming a sidearm pitcher, I watched a lot of Young-pyo-hyung’s videos since high school. I also want to read the minds of pitchers who throw well,” he said. I really want to be like him. He is sincere and has excellent self-management. He wants to follow the path that the coach walked.”
The dream is to become a full-time pitcher in the first team and a winning team with a double-digit hold for five consecutive years.
Lee Seon-woo said, “I always heard that I was weaker against left-handed hitters than right-handed hitters. His record also shows that part. But I think it has improved a lot now. He is confident,” he said. “I will once again show the fans the good side of May. Furthermore, I want to stay in the first team for a long time, establish myself as a full-time pitcher, and win double-digit holds for five consecutive years.”
Lee Seon-woo, who was silently preparing for a call-up in the 2nd team, had a chance to make his first appearance in the second half. On the 18th, he will start against Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon. If it was originally in rotation order, it was Koh Young-pyo’s turn to step out or he was eliminated from the first-team entry for rest. KT coach Lee Kang-cheol gave Lee Seon-woo a chance. What will Lee Seon-woo show?