A different Choi gives his opinion about another Lee coming to the US
by Bob Timmermann
Hyang-Nam Choi, a 35-year old pitcher who played for Buffalo, Cleveland's AAA team, gives his opinion about the possiblity of Korean slugger Seung-Yeop Lee making it in the U.S. in this article in Donga.com.
Choi, now in Korea for a break, said, "When I played baseball in Korea, the most feared batter was Yang Jun-hyuk, not Lee Seung-yeop. And yet, I could feel inexplicable growth potential in him. Whenever I see Lee playing on TV, I can really see that he has upgraded a notch."
Lee showed weakness from the eyes of Choi. His weak point was the fastball and breaking balls. One of the reasons Lee had a hard time in 2004, his first year in Japan, was because Japanese pitchers obstinately targeted his weak spots.
Choi forecasted, "However, Lee overcame his weakness in just a few years. Besides, Lee is already good at hitting outside pitches. The strike zone of American baseball is tight inside but is lenient outside. If Lee plays in the U.S., it will be more favorable to him." Choi also noted, "I usually believe my hunches, and I believe that Lee will improve more in the U.S. Lee is perfect in terms of speed, power, flexibility, and stringent self management. Even If I pitch against him again, I don't think I will do well."