“Everything will be fine when you come here” encouragement from the runner-up command tower… A ‘transfer student’ fireballer who caught his heart
“Everything goes well when you come to Kiwoom.”
Kiwoom Heroes is a compensation player for Han Hyun-hee, who signed a contract with the Lotte Giants for up to 4 billion won in 3+1 years through FA (free agent) qualification on the 20th. nominated
Lee Kang-joon was nominated by KT Wiz in the 33rd round of the 2nd 3rd round of the 2020 rookie draft and started his professional life and wore a Lotte uniform through a trade in 2021. The overall performance of the 1st group is only 9.51 ERA with 1 win and 1 hold in 32 games, but in the 2nd group, it shows growth every year, recording 5 wins, 4 losses, 11 holds, 3 saves and an average ERA of 4.40 in 76 games. 스포츠토토
Lee Kang-jun is called ‘unfinished standby’. During the KT days, coach Lee Kang-cheol cared for him, and Lotte tried hard to bring Lee Kang-jun, even giving away two players who could use it immediately, including Oh Yoon-seok and Kim Jun-tae. He is a pitcher with great potential. However, the prerequisite is ‘if only the control is stable’. If that happens, it is evaluated that he can succeed in the first team stage based on a fast ball that goes over 150 km.
Ko Hyeong-wook, Kiwoom general manager, nominated Lee Kang-joon as a reward player, and it took less than an hour. General Manager Ko Hyeong-wook said, “After receiving the list, it took less than an hour to make a decision. Lee Kang-joon is a player who can catch the ball. If he becomes stronger and gains experience, he is a player who will grow greatly.”
Lee Kang-joon, who recently contacted My Daily, was calm as if he had expected it. Lee Kang-jun said, “I was not embarrassed when I heard the news of the nomination. (With Yoo Kang-nam’s recruitment) I thought, ‘I might go’ when the LG Twins nominated a reward player, and I expected that I would go again this time.”
Coincidentally, on the morning of the 20th, Lee Kang-joon boarded a plane heading to Guam to join Lotte’s spring camp. However, soon after he arrived in Guam, he received the news of the nomination as a compensation player, and the next day he returned to Korea. He opened the door by saying, “I arrived in Guam, checked into a hotel, and ordered a meal with his colleagues, but I got a call.”
Continuing, Lee Kang-joon said, “We were all eating together, and everyone except me was embarrassed. We said goodbye on the spot.” I got a call. The hyungs told me, ‘You’ve worked hard. You’ll be able to do well at Kiwoom.'”
It was clear that he was regretful that he had to move his team, but there was also a sense of gratitude that Kiwoom chose him without thinking deeply. Lee Kang-jun said, “I am grateful that Kiwoom chose me without worrying. On the other hand, I received a lot of expectations and put my body in Lotte for 1 year and 6 months, but I am sorry and sorry that I did not achieve results compared to the love of the fans. I will give it to you,” he promised.
Lee Kang-joon, who was on the roster for spring camp at Lotte, does not leave camp at Kiwoom. As he is about to enlist in May, he plans to have time to build up his body in Korea and make up for what he lacked. He explained, “Of course, it would have been nice to go to camp, but I am scheduled to enlist in May,” he explained.
“I heard that general manager Ko Hyeong-wook came to watch my game a lot when I had no hits in 8 innings in high school or when the pitching was good. Coach Hong Won-ki said, ‘Everything goes well when you come to Kiwoom. He said, “I will definitely show you a good image in 2025 as much as I was selected with expectations.”