Lotte Son Seong-bin (21) is a ‘catcher’ who is attracting attention for his restraint. On the 25th of last month, in the game against LG in Jamsil, he threw a ‘fastball’ at 138.3 km per hour while lightly catching Moon Seong-ju, who was running second base in the 5th inning. Son Seong-bin continues to throw a fast ball in the mid-130 km range whenever there is a second base throw situation. He was discharged from Sangmu in June, and although the number of first-team samples as a backup catcher is still small, he recorded a 100% success rate by stopping stealing four times this season.온라인바카라
In fact, the ‘eyes’ watching Son Seong-bin with interest are on the benches of the other 9 clubs. His image settled in the eyes of LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, who met ‘catcher Son Seong-bin’ twice this season and left a history of ‘stealing failure’ twice.
On the 11th, when the Hanwha-LG game in Jamsil was canceled due to rain, during the briefing time for each club, coach Yeom briefly went on a ‘memory trip’ about KBO league catchers. Talking about whether a catcher like Son Seong-bin existed in the 42-year history of the league until this year. Manager Yeom had a lot of experience dealing with legendary catchers in the league as a base base coach in the past.
To summarize Director Yeom’s memories, there has been no Son Seong-bin style catcher in the KBO League, at least until now. Director Yeom said, “I think it’s the fastest (compared to anyone)” and “Looking at it now. It’s fast, yet so precise. Most throws ride on the base,” he commented.
First of all, one of the league’s representative catchers is Park Kyung-wan (LG coach). In 2008, when he was defending the home of SK’s heyday, Park Kyung-wan recorded a stealing rate of 43.6%. However, Park Kyung-Wan’s method of catching runners was different from Son Sung-Bin’s. Coach Yeom said, “Coach Kyung-Wan Park’s most important strength was his accurate throw. He (the linking action) was quick and well-timed,” he said.
Another major catcher in the league was Jo In-seong (LG coach) who went through an era with ‘sit and shoot’. Jo In-seong’s shoulder was so good that he finished the throw to second base while sitting after receiving the pitcher’s ball. However, he did not throw a ball close to 140 km like Son Seong-bin.
Manager Yeom selected LG catcher Park Dong-won as the number 1 player in his ability to stop stealing among active players. However, Park Dong-won also has a fast throw, but compared to Son Seong-bin, his style is different from anyone’s point of view. To compare pitchers, Park Dong-won is a 150 km fastball pitcher and Son Sung-bin is a 160 km fastball pitcher.
In addition, veteran catchers such as Kang Min-ho (Samsung) and Yang Eui-ji (Doosan), who are long-running both offensive and defensive catchers, show competitiveness in stealing judges, but their know-how in throwing to second base is different.
Son Sung-bin still has a long way to go. It is also not a position where the catcher is only evaluated for throwing to second base. In order to grow into the best catcher, you need to have stable inside work, blocking ability, and offensive power that needs to be gradually raised. However, Son Seong-bin has already become a ‘frightened assassin’ to the runners of the 9 teams.
Son Seong-bin catches the pitcher’s ball and completes the throw to second base in just 1.8 seconds. Considering he’s two seconds off the passing threshold, he’s giving the pitcher that much leeway. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “It is difficult to run if Son Seong-bin is sitting when an average pitcher throws the ball.”