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Lotte, the next target is to secure details

Three FAs (free agents) recruited by professional baseball Lotte Giants have officially entered the old city of Busan. The next goal of Lotte, which has emerged as a big player in the Stove League by pouring 17 billion won into these three people alone, is to strengthen internal stability. ‘Detail baseball’ is considered the key to leaping to the top.

On the 19th, Lotte held an initiation ceremony for three players, Noh Jin-hyeok, Yoo Kang-nam, and Han Hyun-hee, at Lotte Hotel in Busan. All of them were called by Lotte as free agents this winter and changed their uniforms.

Kangnam Yoo was the first of the three to sign the contract. On November 21 last year, less than a few days after the FA market opened, it was stamped at 8 billion won in 4 years. Two days after that, Noh Jin-hyuk followed with 5 billion won in 4 years. Han Hyun-hee, born in Busan, took the last train. On the 17th, after the year passed, he transferred under the condition of 3 + 1 year and 4 billion won.

Lotte’s farming this year is expected to be more breathless due to those who have been brought in while filling up the FA recruitment limit. In particular, the expectations placed on the master of the house, Kang-Nam Yoo, are bound to be high. Considering the circumstances of the team, which has not been able to find a built-in main catcher, let alone ‘post Kang Min-ho’ for several years, it is natural.

Noh Jin-hyeok is the one who will bring tension to the loose infield. Can be digested by both third baseman and shortstop. Not only can it threaten Lee Hak-joo’s position, which suffered from extreme emptiness last year, but it can also help Lee Dae-ho fill the vacancy at first base through a chain shift.

Han Hyun-hee is expected to take on the role of the 4th and 5th starters in a situation where the starting rotation excluding two foreigners and Park Se-woong is incomplete. It is expected to create synergy through goodwill competition with Lee In-bok, Kim Jin-wook, and Seo Jun-won.

The club also expressed expectations for the fruits of external recruitment. In addition to the three free agents, a lot of young blood including Ahn Kwon-soo was transfused into veterans such as Cha Woo-chan through the recruitment of release students. Lotte general manager Seong Min-gyu, who attended the initiation ceremony that day, said, “I can see that my strength has increased rather than goals such as fall baseball and championship right now.”

However, external recruitment alone is not enough. This is because in order to advance to the postseason, the problem of ‘texture’ must be resolved throughout the offense and defense.

A simple example is scoring power. Last year, Lotte’s team batting average was 4th and complied with. Team home runs were also fifth. On the other hand, the team scored only 9th. If the long hit did not break out, victory was far away because even if a runner went out on the base, he could not be summoned. 스포츠토토

The bases were last among 10 clubs. Indices related to baserunning, including the number of stolen bases and the success rate of the team, remained at the bottom. The 10 recorded by Hwang Seong-bin was the most stolen bases in the team. Baseball statistics site Statties rated Lotte’s WAA (contribution to win over average player) at -1.52, the lowest among all clubs.

Defense was also a problem. On the surface, the number of errors and fielding percentage were not bad, but by WAA standards, this was also the lowest among 10 clubs. He failed to take advantage of the strength of the mound with many grounder judo pitchers. This is the reason why coach Larry Sutton has emphasized ‘meticulous baseball’ since taking office, which must be implemented this year.

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