The Lions focused on strengthening off-season pitching. Choi Sung-hoon, a left-hander who became a new member of Samsung through the second draft, is also drawing keen attention as he will play the role of a strong waist for the Samsung mound this season.헤라카지노
Choi Sung-hoon, a left-hander who started his professional career with LG in 2012 after graduating from Gyeonggi High School and Kyung Hee University, posted eight wins, eight losses, two saves and 23 holds in 269 games overall in the first division. His ERA was 3.97.
After the second draft, general manager Lee Jong-yeol said, “Overall, it went according to the scenario we envisioned and we are satisfied with the results of the nomination,” adding, “We tried to strengthen the depth of the left-hander by recruiting Choi Sung-hoon.”
Choi Sung-hoon, who visited Daegu Samsung Lions Park to take a profile picture on Thursday, said, “I’m glad to be on a good team. Thank you so much for selecting me, and I’ll prepare well to show you a performance that meets my expectations.”
Choi Sung-hoon’s joining is as welcome as a welcome rain after a drought amid the need to reinforce left-hander’s pitching resources. Choi Sung-hoon, who knows well that the club has high expectations, said, “There are so many good players in Samsung, so if I harmonize well and do well together, I think I will get better results this season.”
Choi Sung-hoon, who has used Daegu Samsung Lions Park, which is considered a batter-friendly stadium, as his home ground instead of Jamsil Stadium, which is the largest among domestic baseball stadiums, said, “I haven’t thought about the difference in the size of the stadium. I don’t think it matters even if the stadium size is small because the ground ball ratio is higher than that of the floating ball during the season.”
Choi will be regretful to leave the affectionate team he had played for 12 years since his professional debut in 2012. “I played for the same team for 12 years. Thank you so much for your support. I will cherish the good memories and grateful heart. Thank you again.”
“I’m worried because I’ve been in the same team for a long time, but it’s such a good club and there are many good colleagues, so I think I can adapt quickly if I get along well,” he said.
There are many coaching staff such as senior coach Lee Byung-kyu, first-team batting coach Lee Jin-young, first-team defensive coach Son Joo-in, Futures team coach Chung Hyun-wook, and Jung Byung-gon, as well as right-handers Lee Seung-hyun and catcher Kim Jae-sung, so there will be no difficulty in adapting.
Choi Sung-hoon, who already has more juniors than senior players, said, “What I can do for my juniors is to let them know about my experiences and if there are strengths of my juniors, I will accept them well. I also want to learn a lot from good seniors in my team.”
As for his current physical condition, he said, “I prepared (for the next season) quickly after the last season, so I’m in good condition right now. I’m much better and I’m working out consistently than I did last year, so I’m looking forward to this year.”
On professional stage, it is common for yesterday’s enemy to become today’s comrades. Choi said he feels reassured to be in the same team with Oh Jae-il and Kang Min-ho. “I was very picky when I faced off with him due to my extensive experience and excellent slugging capability, but I feel reassured that we are in the same team. Notably, Minho hyung is known to take good care of his juniors, and I will try my best to approach him,” he said with a big smile.
Having settled in Daegu, he said, “I will come to the ballpark from tomorrow and prepare hard.”