Like Chae Byeong-yong, the ball has weight. But speed is higher.” He allowed 11 runs (7 earned) with an ERA of 1.80. Roun Lee, who drew attention for his fast speed of over 150 km/h, was nominated by SSG Landers as the 5th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2023 KBO Rookie Draft.
Roun Lee was named to the roster for the spring camp held at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, along with rookie players Song Young-jin, Kim Gun-woong, Kim Min-joon, and Kim Jung-min who joined SSG this season. Roun Lee is preparing for his first pro season with sweat.
On the 10th (local time)스포츠토토, coach Kim Won-hyung, who met with reporters, said of the outstanding players, “The young pitchers look good. (Lee) Rowoon, (Song) Youngjin, (Yoon) Taehyun, etc. I think I did well,” he said, “I threw the ball three times from the bullpen. The ball is generally strong in the bullpen, and it looks good to be confident and strong on the mound. I don’t see a passive look.”
Regarding what he ordered from the rookies at this camp, Coach Kim said, “What I ordered from the young players was to do what they can do on the mound comfortably rather than focusing on (pitching) form.” It’s because I have the will to show off well, so I tried to make it comfortable.
Roun Lee threw 41 pitches in bullpen pitching on the 9th. I mixed a fastball (24 pitches) – slider (8 pitches) – changeup (6 pitches) – curveball (3 pitches). The highest speed was 146.9 km/h. Director Kim Won-hyung said, “Roun is the first designated player. We have to open the lid a little more, but so far he is showing a figure worthy of the first nomination. I am confident in throwing the ball.” It’s a romance, but you just have to overcome it with your pitch. First of all, your pitch looked good. It’s a pass.”
Lee Rowoon is 184cm and 98kg. From 2001 to 2019, coach Chae Byeong-yong (current SSG 2nd pitching coach), who played an active role in SK Wyverns, the predecessor of SSG, has a physique condition that comes to mind. Coach Kim, who lived with Chae Byeong-yong when he was a player, praised him, saying, “I’ve seen (Chae) Byung-yong since he was young. Rowoon, like Byeong-yong, has weight on the ball. But he is faster than Byeong-yong.”
Regarding his weight, “Rather than suddenly losing 10kg, you need to lose weight gradually and maintain it at an appropriate weight. Only then will you get the best physical condition. Even if you don’t take care of yourself too much, you will have problems with your movements.” Now that it’s like this, I think I’ll have to manage it on my own. But it’s not important right now. It’s a long way to spring camp, and I need to adjust to the time difference.”