‘Bulk-up’ Lee Jae-won, “The hitting puzzle is coming together little by little”

The interview on the 25th ended in the middle of lunchtime. Lee Jae-won (24) of LG returned to the Jamsil Stadium clubhouse for a meal alone. Lee Jae-won’s lunch menu this day is chicken breast and a protein drink. He didn’t have to listen to the ‘why’.

Even at a glance, Lee Jae-won’s body seemed to be getting bigger. Lee Jae-won, nicknamed ‘Jamsil Big Boy’ for his 192 cm height and broad shoulders, looked different in his chest and thigh thickness as if he had become an ‘Ultra Big Boy’. Lee Jae-won said, “I only gained about 3 kg in weight, but he did a lot of weight training throughout the winter.” It was a change that took place after conditioning coach Steve Hong, who had been in the 2nd team until last year, joined the 1st team and closely guided Lee Jae-won. Lee Jae-won also said, “I think I should go to a warm Arizona camp and lose weight a little.”

Lee Jae-won gave up enlisting for Sangmu last November and decided to try one more season at LG. I started thinking about the question posed by new LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop, and after requesting an interview myself, I decided to stay. This was the reason Lee Jae-won could not prepare for the 2023 season even a little.

He has to fill the software to keep the hardware alive. Lee Jae-won, who has already started training for his new position, first baseman, feels the need to evolve in his batting and is making several attempts. Regarding his batting, Lee Jae-won said, “To explain it as a puzzle, he seems to be putting it together one by one. It feels like things that have been distractingly scattered are being aligned one by one in the right direction.”

Regarding this, Lee Jae-won said, “Directors Kyung-yeop Yeom, Ho-jun Lee, and coaches Chang-min Mo are helping me, but the thing I care about the most is the batting mechanism.”

According to Yeom, this is about the ‘contact side’ of the swing. The video that Director Yeom presents to LG young players, including Lee Jae-won, to show and learn is the batting of Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers in the United States. Yelich has the widest contact between the ball and the bat during his swing. He is bound to have a lot of balls in play. 토토사이트

Lee Jae-won is making a swing trajectory in line with this. Since December of last year, when I started training with me at 6:30 in the morning, I have been playing T-ball, making trajectories, and hitting machine balls to get used to. Lee Jae-won said that receiving instant one-point lessons from Kim Hyun-soo, whom he often meets during his personal training, is also a plus factor.

Jaewon Lee is also changing his mind with the lessons from his last season. Lee Jae-won had 0.06 home runs per at bat last year, which was the best on the team, but his miss rate was 15.2%, which was quite high compared to the total miss rate (9.4%) of LG batters.

You can’t even hit a home run because you’re afraid of swinging wrong. But he doesn’t have to take a meaningless swing. At this point, Lee Jae-won blamed himself for giving too many bats to Yoo In-goo last year. “Actually, since I was a low-batting hitter, there was an aspect where I actively hit, thinking that pitchers would come in easily, but that wasn’t the case. It was my mistake and I learned a lot,” he said.

Lee Jae-won did not organize the standard of success in the 2023 season with a few figures. “I want to be a hitter who is seen a lot in winning games. I want to create a lot of scenes where the things I hit help the team win.”

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