Rave reviews continue to pour in for the Lotte Giants’ third-year catcher, Son Sung-bin (21). When it comes to stealing bases, he is unrivaled. He currently has a stolen base rate of 100% (4 attempts, 4 thwarted).
LG Electronics’ resignation on the 9th was a highlight. With runners on first and second base in the fifth inning, when the game was tied, Son threw out second baseman Oh Ji-hwan at the plate to neutralize the opposing offense. It completely changed the course of the game. In the seventh inning, Moon kept his stolen base rate at 100% by preventing Moon Bo-kyung from stealing second base.
When he threw out Oh in the fifth inning, Son Sung-bin had an exchange time of 0.70 seconds, a pop time of 1.87 seconds, and a fastball speed of 135.4 kilometers per hour. In the seventh inning, when Moon was caught stealing, he had an exchange rate of 0.67 seconds and a pop time of 1.86 seconds. His fastball was 133.1 mph. J.T. Realmuto (Philadelphia Phillies), considered one of the best dogs in baseball, has a pop time of 1.82 seconds and an exchange rate of 0.61 seconds at second base this year. Son’s delivery is one of the best in the major leagues. 꽁머니사이트
LG is the biggest victim(?) of Son Sung-bin. LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop, who plays baseball, acknowledged his ability to prevent stolen bases despite being an opposing catcher. “With Son Sung-bin as my catcher, I can’t sign for stolen bases from the bench even when I have a chance to play. I’ve stolen two bases (against him) and was easily killed both times.” “His strength is that he makes it difficult for the opposing bench and opposing players to start. If he sits as a catcher, the pitcher has to think a lot about the timing of throwing the one-bound ball and make him run.” He gave a thumbs-up.
Manager Larry Sutton was asked by a reporter before the game against the NC Dinos at NC Park in Changwon on Wednesday, “If you have a runner on first base with one out in the ninth inning, can you switch your catcher from Yoo Kang-nam to Son Seong-bin?” He said.
Sutton avoided an immediate answer. “If it comes down to that, I think it’s going to be a lot of different things. Right now, our pitchers are doing a good job of throwing fastballs with quick slide steps and keeping runners off base. They are creating the conditions for Yoo Kang-nam to get the runners out quickly,” said Choi, who explained, “When I think about these things, it depends on the situation.”
I also asked battery coach Choi Kyung-chul the same question. As a leader who directly oversees the catching staff, he said that Yoo Kang-nam’s presence is still greater. “Not yet, (Yoo) Kang-nam is capable enough, he’s a good catcher, he’s the main catcher, and you can’t ignore the ball mix in that situation,” Choi said.