First of all, he succeeded in strengthening the depth by recruiting an emitter. If the military veterans return here, the available resources become much richer. In 2023, the Lotte Giants’ fattening is expected to continue.
Lotte reduced the thin depth last year. Even if an injured player or a sluggish player occurred, there was no substitute resource, so only their feet rolled. At one time, they dreamed of flying at the top of the leaderboard, but Lotte crashed helplessly. In the end, they recorded 64 wins, 4 draws and 76 losses. I had to accept the shabby report card of 8th place.
Lotte, who suffered a failure, tried to change. This is because I realized that there is a limit to playing a season with only young players. During the off-season, Lotte started to strengthen depth by recruiting released players one after another. In the pitching part, Kim Sang-soo, Yoon Myeong-jun, Shin Jeong-rak, and Cha Woo-chan were recruited, along with catcher Lee Jung-hoon, outfielder Lee Jeong-woo, and Ahn Kwon-soo. Only the release players hugged 7 people.
Lotte is aiming for ‘low risk high return’ by recruiting released players. Since you only have to pay the annual salary without compensation, you can aim for the maximum effect at a low cost. Lotte immediately transfused a sense of power with rich experience.
Lotte’s fattening doesn’t end here. In 2023, even military veterans will return. In recent years, Lotte has boldly decided to enlist promising players in the military. The same goes for the players picked in the top rounds at the time of the draft. He enlisted as a business officer or active duty soldier at a relatively young age in his early 20s. Because they were away, the player depth had no choice but to be thin.
Time flies and one by one, the entire campaign is ahead. In the first half alone, 11 players will return. What I am most looking forward to is catcher Son Seong-bin. Son Seong-bin, who enlisted as managing director in December 2021, will return to Lotte on June 12. Son Seong-bin, who has grown from managing director to growth. He raised the expectations of viewers by playing an active role as the main host at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Under-23 Baseball World Cup held last year. Both offense and defense are step-up.
In the second half of the year, promising players who polished their skills in Sangmu will return. The most anticipated is Na Seung-yeop. Na Seung-yeop, who entered the 2021 draft with the 11th overall pick in the 2nd round. In his debut season, he gained experience by going back and forth between the 1st and 2nd Army, and after passing the Sangmu, he chose to enlist in the military. Na Seung-yeop, who played steadily in the Futures League, showed a steep growth by recording a batting average of 0.300 and a slugging percentage of 0.460 in 82 games in the 2022 season. He cannot join right away because he is discharged in November, but if Na Seung-yeop, who has improved, joins, a brighter future can be guaranteed.
Lotte struggled because of the thin player base. In 2023, it is expected that depth concerns will be put aside for a while as released players and former military players. If they energize the team, Lotte can rise higher. 토토