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Yoon Sung-bin (24), a right-hander who joined Lotte as the first candidate in 2017 and entered the professional stage with a down payment of 450 million won, was 197 centimeters tall and 90 kilograms in excellent physical condition, and threw a fast ball up to 150 kilometers per hour, drawing expectations as a "high-end prospect."

However, Yoon Sung-bin has only two wins, six losses and a 6.75 ERA in the first division so far. This year, he did not take the mound in the first division itself.

Yoon, who joined the spring camp for the first team ahead of this season, garnered attention from coaching staff by throwing fast balls up to 148 kilometers in practice games. But I didn't expect the ordeal of injury to wait. Yoon Sung-bin, who returned to Korea midway through with a left hamstring injury, had to feel frustrated once again.

All leaders are very interested in Yun Sung-bin. This is because he has excellent physical conditions and has an attractive fast ball.

The same goes for Lotte manager Kim Tae-hyung. Currently, head coach Kim Tae-hyung is in charge of the finishing camp at Sangdong Stadium in Gimhae. "Yoon Sung-bin is a player in good physical condition," manager Kim Tae-hyung said, "Now I'm throwing my arms a little lower." I think we'll have to wait and see that, too," he said.

The lower arm height was made at the request of Yoon Sung-bin himself. Joo Hyung-kwang, a pitching coach, also said, "He said he wanted his arm down. There was also stress, he said. I told the director, and he said, "Do what you want to do." I'll just wait and see."

It is a conclusion made by itself after all kinds of failures and setbacks. Yoon Sung-bin said, "Actually, I was a pitcher who threw his arms low when I was young, but because I was so tall, my arms went up without realizing it. "I've tried this and that, but some things didn't fit me, and I couldn't give up my speed, so I threw hard, so my shoulders were strained," he said. "Now there is no place to retreat, and I thought I would have no regrets in the future if I put priority on throwing comfortably according to my body rather than continuing to study and throw something." I thought a lot about it and told you," he said.

Yoon Sung-bin said, "I think I changed this and that every time I didn't, so I was so stressed out." In particular, this year, when I met the reef of injury, I was very disappointed that I could not achieve my dream of taking a leap forward. Yoon Sung-bin said, "I really decided to try harder than anyone else, but it was a shame that my body didn't help me," adding, "In the second division, general coach Bae Young-soo helped me a lot in running the game." I felt at ease by throwing consistently, and I was able to find confidence again," he said looking back on this year.

There is nothing more to lose. I'm going to burn it up with the determination that it's the last time. Yoon Sung-bin said, "Next year, I will be in my eighth year as a professional player. I also admit that I was not 100% immersed in baseball. I think it's a new opportunity and I'm trying to do it without regret while doing my best in what I can do," he said.

I asked him what his goal is for next year. "First of all, my goal is to join the spring camp, and I want to look at my ball in the middle and hit it coolly on the mound without being intimidated," he said.

Even now, many fans are waiting for the day Yoon Sung-bin explodes his potential someday. This is the driving force behind Yoon Sung-bin's frustration and catching the ball again. Yoon Sung-bin said, "I actually thought a lot about quitting, but there are still people who support me, so I think I'm growing up thanks to them."

Now it's time to get out of the label of a "long-time prospect." Just as Lotte started a new start with the appointment of a new manager, Kim Tae-hyung, Yoon Sung-bin is facing a new starting point by shedding his regrets.
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Thursday, November 16, 2023

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