Yoon Seong-bin (24), the ‘1st designated pitcher’ who has become a name of love and hatred for Lotte Giants fans, will participate in an overseas spring camp for the first time in three years.
On the 27th, Lotte released the 안전놀이터 list of participants in the 2023 spring camp. Sungbin Yoon’s name was also listed here. On the 20th, he already left for Guam, USA, his first training site, along with other pitchers.
It is the first time since 2019 that Yoon Seong-bin participated in the 1st team overseas training from the beginning. Afterwards, in mid-February 2020, he joined the Adelaide camp in Australia. Since then, he has not been able to go abroad to camp due to COVID-19.
In the meantime, Yoon Seong-bin was Lotte’s sore finger. After graduating from Busan High School and joining Lotte as the first choice in 2017, he was a player with a fastball in the mid-150km/h range that comes out of a strong physique of 197cm and 90kg. He made his first-team debut in the 2018 season and went 2-5 with a 6.39 earned run average in 18 games. He showed potential, striking out 65 in 50⅔ innings.
However, after that, it was difficult to see Yun Seong-bin in the first team. He started only 2 games in 4 years from the 2019 season to last year. In 2019, he spent training in Japan during the season, and in 2020 he also went to driveline baseball in the United States, but it did not show up as a result.
Yoon Seong-bin, who only played in the Futures League in the 2022 season after his military enlistment was delayed, stayed with 2 losses and 1 hold with an ERA of 9.74 without a win in 16 games. He pitched 20⅓ innings and his strikeouts and walks were the same at 16, so his insecurity was still the same.
After the season, Yoon Seong-bin, who was likely to serve in the military, joined the finishing camp and sweated. Here, as he participated until the spring camp, it was proved that the club is still not giving up on him.
In the end, whether or not to join the first group is up to you. This season, Lotte recruited a large number of veteran players such as Cha Woo-chan (36), Shin Jeong-rak (36), and Han Hyun-hee (30), and advocated ‘winning baseball’. However, it is not possible to play the season only with these 30 players. If Yoon Sung-bin joins even during the season, it is expected to help the team.