“I’ve been watching and preparing” “0.72 ERA, 0.074 WHIP” Full season QS, 900 million unenviable free agents, why did I pass on this pitcher?

June 12, 2023 0 Comments

Quality starts in all four games. 0.72 ERA, 7.04 K/9.

The ultimate starting pitcher. Lee Jae-hak (33), NC Dinos. The best starting pitcher in the league. This is the kind of player who almost went unclaimed in free agency last winter.스포츠토토

No team wanted him except NC. The lack of competition kept his price from rising.

It was only on December 15 last year that he signed a 2+1 year contract with his original team, NC, for a maximum of 900 million won. The guaranteed amount is 550 million won for two years, and he can get another 350 million won if he fulfills the third-year option. It was a relatively modest contract considering the heat of the market last winter, when free agents in the 5 billion to 10 billion range were signed one after another.

The 2023 KBO League game between the LG Twins and the NC Dinos was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on April 4. NC starting pitcher Lee Jae-hak is pitching. Jamsil=Choi Moon-young 기자[email protected] /2023.06.04/
The last chance to get a guaranteed 10-win starter for less than 1 billion won. Why the other nine teams didn’t even consider him.

Most teams saw the potential for Lee Jae-hak’s resurgence. However, there were mixed opinions on whether it was worth giving up 25 protected players and one compensatory player. Lee Jae-hak was a Class B free agent.

For other teams that have seen the pitching, it’s a no-brainer.

Most teams in the KBO do not have a stable starting lineup. So they are struggling. He is a pitcher who deserves to be traded, even if it means giving up a compensatory player.

The free agent market was not over. He also missed CAMP2 in Arizona, USA.

The 2023 KBO League game between the LG Twins and the NC Dinos was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 4th. NC starter Lee Jae-hak apologizes for the ball that hit Austin at first base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jamsil=Choi Moon-young 기자[email protected] /2023.06.04/
NC manager Kang Myung-hyun had a meeting with Lee Jae-hak and asked for his understanding, saying, “I want to have a chance to see the young pitchers a little more.” He also said, “I have faith that you will prepare yourself well,” and asked, “I’m sorry, but please stay in Korea and prepare well.”

Lee was a little disappointed, but he didn’t let it get him down.

Instead, she turned the situation into an opportunity. At the time of signing with his own plan, he said, “It feels great to be able to continue playing for the NC Dinos, which has been with me since its inception. With the mindset of starting anew, I will prepare well to show you better than the good times in the past,” and he kept his promise.

My pitches have improved. My ball speed has increased. He has more variety in his pitches. That’s why his performance is so strong.

“I think I was mentally and technically broken, so this time I had more time and space to prepare, so I watched a little longer, and my pitches started to come together, and I’m still not perfect, but I think I’m a little better than before.”

The ball has gotten faster, too. In his best outing, a seven-inning no-hitter against SSG in Changwon on Oct. 10, he touched up to 146 km/h. Combined with his main weapon, a changeup, he is showing off extreme power.

The 2023 KBO League game between the NC Dinos and LG Twins was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 2nd. NC won 9-2. Manager Kang Myung-hwa celebrates with Park Se-hyuk after the game. Jamsil = Heo Sang-wook 기자[email protected]/2023.06.02/
A pitcher with a strong ‘two-pitch’ image. He throws a cutter and a curveball. His fastball is fast and his changeup is hard, but his cutter and curveball, which come in occasionally, make hitters die.

The original ace came back stronger after a tough time. The fact that no other team has picked him up is a big deal for NC.

With Lee Jae-hak’s dancing showtime on the mound, NC rattled off five straight wins, knocking Lotte off the top spot and vaulting into third place. It’s a surge that doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon. At the center of the NC surge is the return of their original ace, Lee Jae-hak.

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