Throwing 149km and releasing it in three days… The unexpected downfall of Lotte’s first-choice prospect

Pitcher Seo Jun-won (23), who was from the Lotte 1st nomination, was released ahead of the opening of the regular season.

The Lotte Giants held a disciplinary committee on the 23rd, “As soon as it was confirmed that Seo Jun-won had been investigated by the police for criminal acts against minors and was transferred to the prosecution, the club held a disciplinary committee on the 23rd. decided,” he said.

While announcing an apology from the CEO,스포츠토토 Lotte promised, “We acknowledge the player’s negligence in management and will strictly implement gender awareness education in the future to prevent a recurrence.”

Seo Jun-won joined Lotte as the first choice in 2019 and was a promising pitcher who was in the spotlight with a fast ball over 150 km at the time. However, he did not stand out on the professional stage. Seo Jun-won, who recorded an average ERA of 5.47 with 4 wins and 11 losses in 2019, left an average ERA of 5.18 with 7 wins and 6 losses in 2020 and 1 win, 3 losses and 3 holds with an ERA of 7.33 in 2021, followed by 3 wins, 3 losses and 2 holds with an ERA of 4.80 last year. marked.

Lotte had high expectations for Seo Jun-won ahead of this season. Seo Jun-won went to Geelong Korea, an Australian professional baseball team, after finishing last season, and during the spring camp, which lasted for about a month from February, he did strong training without difficulty, and was classified as one of the 5 starting candidates along with Na Kyun-an, Kim Jin-wook, and Lee Min-seok.

Seo Jun-won, who mainly played as a relief pitcher in the exhibition game, took the mound following Dan Strayley in an exhibition game against Samsung held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 20th. His highest velocity was taken up to 149 km, and his fastball in the second half of 140 km was powerful.

Even from Lotte’s point of view, Seo Jun-won was clearly a highly usable card. He has the advantage of being able to throw long innings even in the bullpen, so he can be used as a long relief, and if there is a hole in the starting pitching staff, Seo Jun-won could be the card that can fill the gap.

Coincidentally, even in the demonstration game, his condition was gradually improving. Seo Jun-won was shaken with 3 hits and 3 runs in 2 innings against Sajik Doosan on the 14th, his first appearance in the demonstration game. He raised his expectations for ”, but it was a notice of release that came to him only three days later.

On the 23rd, when an exhibition game between Lotte and NC was scheduled, it rained heavily at Changwon NC Park. Seo Jun-won went to work at the baseball field that day, which was his last step as a Lotte player. After the rain cancellation was decided, it was revealed through a media outlet that Seo Jun-won had been investigated by the police for committing a crime against a minor, and Lotte issued a withdrawal called release.

Only now, he wanted to restore his reputation as a top prospect, but in the end, he couldn’t even step on the mound this year. The decline of the first-choice prospect was instantaneous.

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