“No practice for two months”…Director Yoon Kyung-yup reveals LG’s Lee Sang-young correction project
LG Twins left-handed pitcher Lee Sang-young, 23, was one of LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop’s most anticipated starters this year.
That’s because this season, before being discharged from the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Commerce), Lee posted an 8-1 record and a 2.63 ERA in nine games for the Futures (second team) League. After winning 10 games last year and finishing second in the Southern League, it was hard not to expect him to continue his strong play this year.
At the same time, LG was struggling with a lack of homegrown starters, and Yeom gave Lee a chance to break into the starting rotation as soon as he was discharged from the military on March 12.
However, contrary to expectations, Lee struggled. After pitching four innings of two-run ball against the Samsung Lions on June 14, his first game after being discharged from the military, Lee was pulled early after allowing three runs (two earned) in 1⅓ innings against the NC Dinos in his second start on June 20.
First and foremost, his velocity was too low. His fastball topped out at 141 mph in game one. In the second game, his fastball only reached 메이저놀이터 139 mph. It’s hard to survive in the first team with a fastball that averages less than 140 kilometers. At least you can offset the weakness of your fastball with your changeup, but Lee Sang-young was unfortunate. He allowed four walks in the NC.
In the end, Yeom decided to make a major change and removed Lee from the first team roster on the 21st. Currently, Lee trains in Icheon with the second team when LG travels away, and comes to Jamsil to throw when the team plays home games. This is so that he can watch his progress more closely.
He started with his pitching form. After joining the team, Lee lowered his arm angle and threw the ball like a three-quarter, but Yeom instructed him to raise his arm angle again.
“I don’t have too much control. If he throws the ball in his current position, it will strain his body and he will definitely get injured one day. It could even be a threat to the player’s life,” he said, explaining the reasoning behind the pitching form modification. This means that Lee has been throwing with a pitching form that doesn’t fit his body. By raising the angle of his arm, he will be able to throw the ball more comfortably, and his velocity will increase, allowing him to regain his competitiveness.
LG still has a problem with its starting lineup, but there is no rush to return. They are taking a long-term view to make the perfect adjustments. It’s a work in progress with an eye on the second half of the season and even next season.
“Lee won’t be on the field for at least two months. She needs to continue throwing in the bullpen and get used to the new pitching form. We are working on a pattern of throwing 50 pitches a day with three days of rest.”
If Lee’s corrective work goes well, he could be a new source of energy for LG’s mound in the second half. LG, which is challenging for the Grand Prix, also hopes to benefit from Lee’s addition. “I hope we can use him as our secret weapon in the second half or postseason,” Yeom said.
LG Twins left-handed pitcher Lee Sang-young, 23, was one of LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop’s most anticipated starters this year. That’s because this season, before being discharged from the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Commerce), Lee posted an 8-1 record and a 2.63 ERA in nine games for the Futures (second team) League. After winning 10 games…