“My pitch is as good as that of a foreign pitcher.”
Eui-ri Lee (KIA Tigers) is a young starting pitcher in his 3rd year as a pro. He was nominated by the KIA with the 1st round of the 2021 rookie draft. He has been a starting pitcher since his debut season. He recorded an average ERA of 3.61 in 19 games in the 2021 season, 4 wins, 5 losses, 94⅔ innings and 42 runs (38 ERA), and an average ERA of 3.86 in 29 games (28 starts) in the 2022 season, 10 wins, 10 losses, and 154 innings.
I have high expectations for Lee Eui-ri this season. Director Kim Jong-guk hopes Lee Eui-ri will grow one step further. Following Yang Hyeon-jong, he is expected to play a part in the starting rotation as a left-hander. 안전놀이터
Head coach Kim Jong-guk said ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League SSG Landers match held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 2nd, “Loyalty has a pitch comparable to that of foreign pitchers. So he is a player who should play a leading role in our team in the future.” He said, “I prepared like that this year. I thought that way from the beginning of spring camp. In the World Baseball Classic (WBC), the number of pitches was a little short, but looking at the pitch, I think I should be selected first.”
He added, “Loyalty worked hard to prepare. This year, I think we should go out as the second starter and stick with a strong opposing pitcher to grow a little more. I think our team will become stronger. I know that too.”
Eui-ri Lee, who started the game that day, gave up 3 runs (1 earned run), 3 hits and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings. His top speed was 151 km/h. He boasted a quick pace, but the problem was his speed. He threw 101 balls, with 44 off balls. He also allowed six walks.
Eui-ri Lee also has confidence in her pitch. But he knows his control needs to improve. After the game, he met with reporters and said, “I thought a lot because the ball didn’t go into the strike zone. Since it didn’t go in, I fought alone.” revealed
He continued, “Everyone should know. I know that it is difficult to hit just by throwing strikes. But that part has not been completed yet. I will try harder in the future. I have to live up to expectations. I will work hard and work hard.”
Eui-ri Lee’s homework this season, who will be responsible for the future of KIA, is to improve control. In his first game of the season, he showed faltering pitches, but it is noteworthy whether he will improve as the season progresses.