‘A three-hitter in his debut…’ Failed to be drafted twice→Joined a developmental player→Want to use ‘Myth’ in the Giant Legion
It was an impressive debut.
He joined the Lotte Giants as a developmental player in 2023 after two failed attempts at the professional stage. He impressed with a three-hit performance in his dream debut. This is the story of Bae Young-bin, 23, a college-educated infielder.
Bae Young-bin went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League away game against the Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 20. Although the team had to hang their heads in shame in a 6-7 come-from-behind loss, the spotlight could have easily been on Bae had Lotte won.
Bae stepped up to the plate in the top of the second inning with runners on first and second with his team leading 1-0. He immediately set up to bunt. However, he quickly adjusted his bat and switched to a batting stance, lining a single to right field. An emotional first hit in his first professional at-bat. Bae executed the fake bunt and slash perfectly. It was a hit that would have been difficult to make without his quickness and good batting feel.
In his second at-bat, Bae continued to impress with a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning with his team up 3-1. Bae, who was batting leadoff, worked a full count and lined a six-pitch fastball from Ha Young-min into the left field seats for a double. After sprinting to second base, Bae made a clean slide to reach second base. He then moved to third on Ahn Kwon-soo’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Kim Min-seok’s sacrifice fly to center field.
With runners on first and second in the fifth, Bae Young-bin grounded out to second base. However, he completed his three-hit game in the eighth inning. In the top of the eighth inning, with his team trailing 5-6, he had a bases-loaded opportunity. After failing to bunt the first pitch, the second and third pitches were picked off in the bunt stance. The fourth pitch was foul. And on the fifth pitch. He sensibly took a changeup from Kiwoom closer Kim Jae-woong for a clean hit to left field. It was Bae Young-bin’s three-hit game in his debut. The team tied the game at 6-6 in the eighth, but gave up a run in the bottom of the inning and lost 6-7. However, after the game, the online community was full of praise for Bae Young-bin.
Failed to be drafted twice→Joined Lotte Giants as a developmental player→Debuted with 3 hits, wrote success story
Bae Young-bin is a right-handed hitting infielder who graduated from Seoul High School and Hongik University. On May 9, he was registered as an official player and made the first team roster, but was sent to the second team two days later after failing to play.
However, Bae continued to play regularly in the Futures League, waiting for his opportunity to return. In 68 games in the Futures League this season, Bae was batting .263 (45-for-171) with four doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI, 26 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, 15 walks, 27 strikeouts, a .322 on-base percentage, and a .330 slugging percentage. His quick feet allowed him to hit with flair. He was called up to the first team again today and immediately started, going 3-for-4.
Lotte manager Larry Sutton (53) said of Bae, “He has very good athleticism, as well as good handling and footwork on defense. He has a lot of talent that you need as a baseball player.” Lee Jong-woon (57), the current head coach of the Futures, worked with Bae Young-bin this year. “His strength is his sensible base running,” he said, adding, “He has strong shoulders and good contact ability. He has good bat speed. He is a sincere and passionate player.” 카지노
In an interview with Star News at the beginning of the season, Bae Young-bin said, “I can execute well at the plate. I can also play defense stably,” he said. “I want to learn from his fearlessness, his fundamentals, and his flamboyance,” he said of his role model, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter. “I was upset when I didn’t get drafted in the past,” he said, “but I was so happy when Lotte called me. I decided to do my best,” he said. Will he be able to write the myth of a foster player with the Lotte Giants?