LG announced on Wednesday 42 players who will participate at its spring camp in Arizona. LG will leave Korea on Thursday for off-season training in Scottsdale, Arizona, the U.S. as it did last year, and return to Korea on March 4.헤라카지노도메인
By position, there are 23 pitchers, 4 catchers, 8 infielders, and 7 outfielders.
Pitchers accounted for 54.8%, more than half of them. Compared to other teams, the proportion of pitchers is large.
So far, few teams have announced their spring camp membership, and pitchers have exceeded 50 percent of their squads. Doosan Bears most often recruit 21 pitchers, or half of the 42 pitchers. Lotte Giants recruit 20 pitchers out of 43, and NC Dinosaurs recruit 21 pitchers out of 45. Kiwoom takes 24 fewer players to Arizona, the U.S., with only 10 pitchers among them. KIA has a whopping 47 players going to Australia, but its pitcher lineup includes 22 pitchers, less than LG’s. SSG Landers also has 19 pitchers out of 41.
LG was the only team that had taken more than half of its pitchers to its spring camp last year. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop planned to strengthen the team’s bullpen in preparation for the Asian Games where Go Woo-suk and Jung Woo-young, the center of the team’s bullpen, are participating, and since the spring camp, LG has recruited pitchers to Arizona and selected candidates by themselves. At that time, 43 players headed to Arizona, where a whopping 26 pitchers were included. More than half of the pitchers accounted for 60 percent of the total. It was unusual, but it was possible because LG had a solid starting lineup in the field team. It can be seen that Yeom’s choice and concentration. The goal is to reduce the number of fielders who have a solid starting lineup and increase the number of pitchers who are needed.
Coach Yeom established himself as a must-win group as Yoo Young-chan, Baek Seung-hyun, and Park Myung-geun, who he had spotted at the spring camp last year, grew rapidly in the regular season, and that was the driving force behind his integrated victory with a powerful bullpen despite his unstable selection.
The situation is the same this year. Only 15 fielders are heading to Arizona. Considering that 12 to 13 fielders are needed for the first team entry during the regular season, it can be said that LG effectively takes away top-tier players.
Pitchers are important again this year and need to grow the bullpen. Closing pitcher Ko Woo-suk, one of the key players in the team, will move to the San Diego Padres in the Major League through posting, while Ham Deok-ju, a key set-up man in his left hand, will be unable to appear in the first half due to surgery for a fine fracture in his elbow. Lee Jung-yong, who was active as a bullpen pitcher in the Korean Series, joined the Sangmu Baseball Organization last year, although he changed his position as a starter in the middle of the regular season. Since many resources have already been drained from the bullpen, he has to fill in those positions.
As he had to prevent it with tactics like last year, coach Yeom decided to take a large number of pitchers to the spring camp this year and select candidates to raise them himself.
Coach Yeom once stressed in an interview at the New Year’s meeting, “At least two of Kim Dae-hyun, Kim Yoo-young, Sungdong-hyun, Lee Sang-young, and Yoon Ho-sol should be in the winning team.” Coach Yeom also added a new candidate about rookie pitcher Jin Woo-young, who left for the spring camp first on the 26th, saying, “I’m looking at Jin Woo-young this year like Park Myung-geun last year. He seems to have power in the ball, throws various breaking balls, and doesn’t seem to have a bad control.”
Will a new must-win group be created at this Arizona camp as coach Yeom wishes? We look forward to the Arizona camp, the “land of promise” with a sense of winning.