A month into Lotte’s ‘Jeontani’ Idoryu challenge, the “commanding” right-handed fireballer’s potential exceeds expectations

A month into Lotte’s ‘Jeontani’ Idoryu challenge, the “commanding” right-handed fireballer’s potential exceeds expectations

“The command is better than I thought it would be.”

The Lotte Giants have been conducting an intense offseason camp since new manager Kim Tae-hyung took over. On the 8th, they held their first blue-and-white game (7 innings). First-round rookie Jeon Mir (18), who has raised expectations as a two-hitter and “Idoryu” since high school, started as the Blue Team’s No. 7 designated hitter and took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning. While he didn’t get a hit at the plate, he did produce a sharp line drive, and on the mound, he sealed the game with his overpowering pitching. One inning, one hit, no runs.

Jeon, who is still in high school, joined the team last month on the 15th and has been pitching and hitting like he always wanted. Since the days of his predecessor, Sung Min-kyu, Jeon has been trying to combine the two, and the new manager, Kim Tae-hyung, is also watching him, saying, “I have to feel it myself.”

As a pitcher at Gyeongbuk High School, Jeon threw a fastball that reached up to 151 kilometers per hour, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.32 ERA in 18 games and 67⅔ innings, with 54 strikeouts, 15 walks and eight strikeouts. As a hitter, he went 27-for-28 (81 RBI) with three home runs, 32 RBI, 22 walks, 13 strikeouts, and a 1.032 OPS in 27 games. Everyone knew he had talent as both a pitcher and a hitter, and he showed it.

Jeon has a physical build of 185 cm and 95 kg. He focused on weight training since his freshman year of high school and built up his muscular body. Coach Kim Tae-hyung said, “It’s rare for a player to have that kind of strength at his age. Strength can work in the pros,” he said, acknowledging his natural strength.

However, according to Kim Tae-hyung, ‘Hitter Jeon Mir’ is still a raw material. “He’s very rough. The parts that follow the ball are rough. It’s important to transfer the power you have to the ball or not, but when you hit, there is a lot of movement and it doesn’t transfer well,” he said. As the team enters its fourth turn, this assessment has not changed.

However, the evaluation of ‘pitcher Jeon Mir’ is different. Coach Kim Tae-hyung is more hospitable to the pitcher. After the Blue-Black game on the 8th, Kim said, “I think his command ability is better than I thought. It’s more than I expected.” In that game, Jeon threw 10 pitches. His fastball topped out at 145.8 mph and averaged 144.2 mph. He threw six fastballs, three curves and one slider. 무지개토토

Pitching coach Joo Hyung-kwang also took notice of the right-handed pitcher, who is currently participating in the final camp, and said, “He has very good power.” Currently, Jeon’s training is organized as 70% pitcher and 30% hitter. Pitchers train more.


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