Kiwoom Heroes chose Lee Kang-jun (22) as a compensation player for Han Hyun-hee (30), who transferred as a free agent to the Lotte Giants on the 20th of last month. It was the first compensation player nomination in the club’s history.
Lee Kang-joon recently met at the national baseball training ground in Goyang, home of the Kiwoom Future Team, and said, “Personally, I expected (to be released from the list of 20 protected players) and was not very disappointed. Personally, it is the third team in the fourth year, so I move too much I’m worried about it, but I think it’s okay to settle down at Kiwoom and do well. I’m going to prepare well at Sangmu and try to firmly settle down here.”온라인바카라
Lee Kang-joon, who graduated from Seorak High School, is 180 cm tall and weighs 80 kg with a right-handed sidearm. He was nominated by the KT Wiz with the 22nd overall pick in the 2nd 3rd round of the 2020 KBO Rookie Draft. In July 2021, he was traded 2-1 against Oh Yoon-seok and Kim Jun-tae and wore a Lotte uniform, and Kiwoom is the third team.
Go Hyeong-wook, general manager of Kiwoom Kiwoom, who has watched him since his amateur days, introduced, “Lee Kang-jun is a player with very good ball-point strength. Also, the movement is excellent, so it is not easy for batters to match the timing.” It wasn’t even time, so I handed it back to Lotte.”
Seol Jong-jin (50), coach of the Kiwoom Future Team, claimed to be a fan of Lee Kang-joon. Coach Seol said, “I told (Lee) Kang-jun, ‘I was a fan of you when you were a rookie.’ “There are not many sidearms that throw fast balls in Korea,” he said with a smile.
The key is discipline. In the Futures League for three years, it was not bad with an average ERA of 4.40 in 76 games, 59 walks and 88 strikeouts in 108⅓ innings, but when only the first team came up, the average ERA in 32 games was 9.51, 38 walks in 23⅔ innings, and 13 strikeouts.
Lee Kang-joon said, “In the first and second years, it was a process of correcting and supplementing the pitching form. Last year, the third year, I was personally well prepared and looked forward to it, but it was mentally difficult. Memories of what I couldn’t do continued,” he said. He then added, “I think it’s a mental problem. If it’s a mechanical problem, it shouldn’t have been in the 2nd group.
There is no problem with his physical condition, but he has time to reorganize while staying in Goyang as a member of the rehabilitation-residency army. Coach Lee Seung-ho (47), who coached him in the past at KT, joined at the same time as a pitching coach for the Kiwoom Remnant Army, so he will not have much difficulty adapting.
Lee Kang-joon said, “It was unfortunate at first because I couldn’t participate in the spring camp, but I don’t think it’s bad to go to Sangmu and check what I want to improve by myself, so it’s okay.” I am practicing a changeup to use when dealing with. In terms of mental supplementation, I have heard a lot from KT and Lotte. I asked for a lot of advice from my older brothers such as Kim Won-joong, Kim Yu-young, and Koo Seung-min, but it seems that it took time to apply it during the match. I want to become more mature in terms of mechanics and mentality.”
It is after the 2025 season that he will be active as a member of Kiwoom in earnest, ahead of his enlistment in May. Lee Kang-joon said, “Kiwoom from the outside was a team with a very good atmosphere. I heard a lot of stories that it was a really good team for baseball, and I felt that I could grow enough.” “He expressed his ambition.