‘LG Legend’ Lee Byung-gyu’s son Lee Seung-min, nominated for SSG, “I love my dad, who was the reason I started playing baseball.”

 Lee Seung-min (18, Whimoon High School), the eldest son of Samsung head coach Lee Byeong-gyu (49), a legend with LG’s number retired (9), was nominated by SSG. 

Seungmin Lee was selected by SSG as the 20th overall pick in the second round in the 2024 KBO rookie draft held at the Grand Bloom Room of the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on the 14th. As an outfielder, he was the second highest ranked after Kim Hyeon-jong of Incheon High School. 

Lee Seung-min, a left-handed pitching outfielder who inherited the blood of his father, coach Lee Byeong-gyu, and boasts a sturdy physique of 188 cm and 90 kg, has grown into a key hitter since his second year. In 19 high school games this year, he had a batting average of .328 (21 hits in 64 at-bats), 1 home run, 16 RBIs, 13 walks, 15 strikeouts, and an OPS of .905. He also played as the starting left fielder in the recently held youth national team. 

He was expected to be the top pick, but rather than LG, where his father played during his career, or Samsung, where he is currently serving as head coach, SSG called Lee Seung-min’s name. SSG, which has many veteran players in the outfield, needs a generational change, and Seung-min Lee is expected to be given a chance. 

Seungmin Lee said, “I am grateful to be nominated to a good team. My goal was to become a necessary player on a team that needed me. “I will fully realize my dreams at SSG Landers,” he said of his nomination. 

He also expressed his gratitude to his father, coach Lee Byung-gyu. Seungmin Lee said, “My dad, who was the reason I started playing baseball, thank you for raising me like this. “We may be in different places, but our hearts are always in the same place, so I love you.” 토토사이트

Seungmin Lee said, “I was so tired that I couldn’t even sleep,” and confessed how he complained in his brother’s room, unable to sleep at night ahead of his draft. Coach Byeong-gyu Lee personally called and comforted his nervous son. Seungmin Lee said, “My father called me late at night and we talked for a long time. He told me not to be nervous and just enjoy it because everything has already been decided. “He told me not to think about it any more and to go to sleep because the results are already out there,” he said, adding, “I laid down to sleep, but I couldn’t sleep until 4 a.m.” 

Seung-min Lee, who achieved his dream of becoming a professional player by being nominated for SSG, pledged, “Rather than enjoying it, I will work hard from now on so that I can show up right away from next season.” He also laughed and said, “I’m satisfied” with the nickname ‘Red Toma Colt’, which was taken from his father’s nickname during his active duty days, ‘Red Toma Horse’.