K-Otani’s dream is fulfilled as 18-year-old Jeon Mir makes his first appearance in a Lotte jersey, showcasing his talent and potential.
Jeon Mir, who aspires to be the next Shohei Ohtani (LG Angels) in South Korea, played his first game as a Lotte Giants player.
Jeon was selected by Lotte in the first round (No. 3 overall) of the 2024 KBO League Rookie Draft in September. His contract was worth 300 million won.
At 1.88 meters and 95 kilograms, Jeon has an imposing physique with muscular power. He is the direct junior of Park Se-woong and Jin Seung-hyun at Lotte.
In particular, he drew a lot of attention in high school for his talent on both sides of the plate, even though he was a two-hitter like Ohtani. As a hitter, he is considered a tool guy with not only top-notch power, but also balance, timing, and initiative. As a pitcher, he has a fastball that can reach over 150 kilometers per hour, the stamina to throw more than 100 pitches, and a smooth delivery.
In particular, he was praised for his strength, competitive temperament, and sense of responsibility as a mainstay player who led Gyeongbuk High School to its first Cheongryonggi championship in 30 years. As a pitcher, his lack of experience in the fielding position is a disadvantage, but Lotte plans to give Jeon a chance to bat for the time being.
Jeon made his first appearance with the Lotte Futures squad, coached by Bae Young-soo, on July 15, 먹튀검증토토사이트 batting fourth in an educational league against the SoftBank Hawks’ third team. It was his first experience playing in a Lotte uniform.
On the day, Jeon went 0-for-3, but he drew a walk in the first inning and came around to score on Ko Seung-min’s RBI double in the next at-bat. He struck out in the third and flied out to left field in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively.
Lotte jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning thanks to a wild pitch from their opponent’s starter, but were unable to capitalize on their offense and fell behind 3-7. Starter Yoon Sung-bin gave up two runs in two innings, and second pitcher Kim Dong-gyu gave up three runs (two earned) in two innings. Park Myung-hyun (1 inning of scoreless relief), Jang Se-jin (2 innings of scoreless relief), Kim Kang-hyun (1 inning of scoreless relief), and Park Jin (1 inning of scoreless relief) followed to close out the game.
This was the first game for the 2024 Lotte rookies. However, Jeong Hyun-soo (2nd round), Lee Ho-joon (3rd round), and Lee Sun-woo (7th round) will join the team later due to their participation in the National Championships. Lotte is in no rush to start pitchers in this training league. However, they plan to give their hitters a chance.