Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Next Ryu Hyun-jin? LG’s New Big Lefty

From KBS News, January 07, 2013

Translator: Simon Kim

Lim Jee-seop is a big left handed pitcher who we can say has the same pedigree as former Hanhwa Eagles ace Ryu Hyun-jin.

Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, this 19 year old LG Twins rookie will be turning heads in the new season with his 93 mph fastball.

With full use of his very long fingers, Lim is able to take on the most skilled batters.

This recent high school graduate is being compared to Ryu Hyun-jin, former Hanhwa Eagles standout and current starter of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.

On his weak Jeju High School team, Lim won 9 games had recorded an ERA of just 1.
He pitched 97 innings and recorded an astonishing 163 strike outs during that time.

“If I apply what I learned in high school, I think the results will be good.” Lim says in a TV interview. “I only have one goal this winter. (In the Under 18 WBC tournament game against Japan in September, 2013), I pitched 2 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. I want to focus on re-gaining control of my pitches.”

Lim declares that he would like to be an effective pitcher for 10 to 20 years.

With other lefties Kim Gwyang-hyun (SK Wyverns) and Yoo Chang-sik (Hanwha Eagles) going through some growing pains, the addition of Lim Jee-seop vying to become the next dominant southpaw in the league is sure to make for an entertaining season.

KBS News


Lim Jee-seop (Pitcher) Vitals:
DOB: September 06, 1995
Born: Changwon, South Korea
Team: LG Twins
Height: 6-3
Weight: 207 Pounds
Pitches/Bats: Left/Left
First Year: 2014
Contract: W250,000,000
Salary: W24,000,000
High School: Jeju High School

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