Roun Lee, a ‘special rookie’, threw a fast ball at 148km/h in his first live pitching.
On the 20th (Korean time), Lee Ro-eun started her first live pitching at the spring camp held at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, USA. Live pitching is a drill in which pitchers pitch in the same situation as in a real game with a batter standing at the plate. During the spring camp, it is conducted to raise the sense of actual combat.
A total of 10 players participated in the live pitching on this day, including two foreign pitchers, Eni Romero and Kirk McCarty, Roh Kyung-eun, Moon Seung-won, Baek Seung-gun, Oh Won-seok, Choi Min-joon, Shin Heon-min and Song Young-jin, including Lee Ro-wun.
McCarty was the fastest among them. Manager Kim Won-hyung said, “Mccarty has been building his body before joining the camp. He is good enough to play now.” McCarty showed his ability by recording the highest speed of 151 km/h in live pitching.
The player with the second fastest speed after McCarty is Lee Roun. Roun Lee recorded his highest speed of 148 km/h. Romero and Noh Kyung-eun recorded 147km/h, Moon Seung-won, Baek Seung-gun, and Oh Won-seok recorded 145 km/h, and Choi Min-jun, Shin Heon-min, and Song Young-jin recorded the highest speed of 144 km/h.
Lee Rowoon, from Daegu High School, wore the SSG uniform with the 5th overall in the 1st round of the 2023 KBO Rookie Draft. Lee Rowun, who joined the 1st team camp with newcomers Song Young-jin, Kim Gun-woong, Kim Min-joon, and Kim Jung-min, has been impressing coach Kim Won-hyung and his seniors with a strong pitch since the camp.
Manager Kim Won-hyeong said, “The pitch is a pass. We need to supplement the pitch and pitch type. However, if we improve a little bit, he is a player who can be enough as a starter. Due to the current composition, there is a possibility that he will be a relief pitcher rather than a starter. If he develops, I’m cautiously predicting he’ll play out of the bullpen this season.”
Catcher Kim Min-sik also praised, “(Lee) Rowoon’s ball was good. 안전놀이터 I think he made a good body.” Foreign pitcher Romero said, “I was surprised by his good control and control even though he was a young player.” ‘Veteran’ Noh Kyung-eun praised him, saying, “He has a good pitch. (Oh) Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions) has a fastball style like his older brother.”
On the other hand, Lee Rowun is not complacent and is preparing to move on. Roun Lee, who met with reporters on the 12th, said, “He can’t be sure just by pitching in the bullpen. I think he should throw well in live pitching or against blue and white.” Roun Lee, who threw a fast ball at 148 km/h in live pitching, seems to be able to throw a faster ball if he raises his senses. Attention is focusing on whether Lee Ro-Woon can be included in the first-team entry by performing up to the expectations of his colleagues in Cheongbaekjeon, practice matches, and demonstration matches.