I was in good shape today. Since it was my first game, I still felt numb in the first at-bat. But most of all, it felt good to be in the game.

Austin Dean (registered name Austin), a foreign batter whom LG ambitiously recruited, finally made his debut. 

Austin, who was unable to play due to pain in his left side during the Arizona camp last month, started as designated hitter number 5 in an exhibition game against Samsung held at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 15th. He went 0-for-1 with a walk to shortstop in the first inning and a walk in the third. Austin was replaced by pinch hitter Min-Sung Kim in the 4th inning. 

“I was in good shape today,” Austin said after the game. Since it was my first game, I still felt numb in the first at-bat. But more than anything, it felt good to be in the game.” 

“I have high expectations for the team as the team performed well last year. I always want to be of help to the team and I want to spend a season that can live up to the expectations of the fans.” 

Meanwhile, Austin made his major league debut in 2018 and played for San Francisco last year. He appeared in 126 games over five seasons, batting . His minor league Triple-A career record is a batting average of 3.1 with 45 home runs and 174 RBIs in 289 games for an OPS of .883.

For the past two years, LG has played the postseason without foreign hitters due to a series of failures by foreign hitters. 베팅룸 토토 In 2021, Roberto Ramos (injured, batting average .243) and Justin Boer (sluggish, batting average .170) failed one after another in 2022, Rio Luis (sluggish, batting average .155) and Robello Garcia (sluggish, batting average .206).

LG has already withdrawn the contract due to ‘injury issue’ in the process of recruiting foreign batters this season. LG agreed to a contract with Abraham Almonte in December of last year, but canceled the contract agreement due to problems in the medical test. Afterwards, LG signed a contract with Dean for a total of $700,000.

Austin is a right-handed hitter. He is a right-handed hitter along with Lee Jae-won and Park Dong-won in the LG batting line with many left-handed hitters. Dean has to balance left and right with left-handed batters such as Kim Hyun-soo and Oh Ji-hwan in the center line.

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