Gyeong-yeop Yeom, the first beneficiary of the ‘Major Tour’, fostering player → official player → first team call-up… It was a temporary finish in 2020
LG pitcher Lee Sang-gyu (27) became the first beneficiary of director Yeom Gyeong-yeop’s ‘Major Tour’. He changed his status from a foster player to a full-time player, and was immediately registered as a first-team entry.
On the 16th, coach Yeom Kyung-yeop mentioned the plan of a ‘major tour’ for the 2nd team players during a home game at Jamsil Stadium. The ‘Major Tour’ is to call up 2-3 players from the 2nd team during home games to directly check their skills or give promising players the experience of training with the 1st team. It can be motivated, and prospects can receive one-on-one guidance from the coaching staff.
The next day, the 17th, Lee Sang-gyu trained with the first-team players at Jamsil Stadium. It was the first ‘major tour’. He received a report from the 2nd team that the pitching content was fine, and coach Yeom wanted to see it himself, so he called.
Manager Yeom, who watched Lee Sang-gyu’s bullpen pitching from the sidelines that day, said, “I plan to register as an official player and put him in the first team next week. He is the number 1 waiting for call-up to the 1st team,” he said. Manager Yeom said, “The mechanic is good, and the control seems stable without blowing. It has a curveball and a forkball, so it can fight in the middle.
On the 17th, Lee Sang-gyu, who pitched in the bullpen wearing a uniform with the number 101, appeared on the 20th wearing a uniform number 48. Lee Sang-gyu changed his status to an official player that day, and was immediately registered as a first-team entry. With Lee Jeong-yong suddenly out of the bullpen due to shoulder muscle pain, Sang-gyu Lee’s call-up to the first team was advanced. Director Yeom said, “I will try to appoint one inning and multiple innings.”
Lee Sang-gyu, who joined in the second round of 7 in 2015, made his debut (⅓ innings) in 2019. He pitched in the most games for the first team in 2020. In May of that year, Ko Woo-seok left due to knee surgery, and Lee Sang-gyu had the experience of acting as a temporary finisher for a while. He made a surprise performance in May alone, recording 2 wins, 4 saves and 1 hold with an earned run average of 1.46 in 12 games.
However, in June, he failed to follow up his chances as he went 2-2 in 5 games and had a 16.20 earned run average. He was thrown into the chase group, then moved down to the second team in mid-July. He pitched in 7 games in the 2021 season, posting 7 ERA with a 9.00 earned run average. 안전놀이터
Last year, he was not called up to the 1st team even once and only played in the 2nd team. As for the performance of the 2nd group, he appeared in 31 games (28⅓ innings) and recorded 4 wins, 5 holds, 3 saves, and an average ERA of 5.40. After the 2022 season, his status was changed to a foster player. He did not get discouraged and took another chance by showing a stable pitch in the Futures League. He was registered as a regular player and returned to the first team after two years.
As soon as he was called up, Sang-gyu Lee took the mound in the 12th overtime against Hanwha on the 20th, with the score tied 1-1. Lee Sang-kyu, who took the mound as the eighth pitcher, allowed Jung Eun-won, the first batter, to hit the infield beside second baseman. Eurogyeol tried to send a bunt, but it fell in front of home plate and became a double hit that led to the catcher-shortstop-first baseman. After two outs, he scored a scoreless inning with Noh Si-hwan as a floating ball to center fielder.