Lotte placed Nico Goodrum as the second batter and left fielder in an away game against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 26th. Goodrum came out as the second batter and third baseman the previous day (25th) and had three hits and two RBIs. He scored his first RBI in the KBO League.
On the 11th, Lotte signed a total of $400,000 with Goodrum as a substitute for foreign hitter Jack Rex. Rex rarely got out of the slump after a knee injury and decided that a replacement was needed.
At the time of recruitment, Lotte introduced Goodrum as a player who can defend both inside and outside.
Goodrum, who made his debut against the Kiwoom Heroes in Busan on the 21st, played as an infielder for four consecutive games. He showed off his “all-round material” by playing one game as a shortstop in three games as a third baseman.
This time, I go out to the outfield. Lotte 꽁머니 manager Larry Sutton said, “It is to strengthen the lineup,” adding, “It was necessary to change the team atmosphere.” “Now is the time for us to give a stimulus,” he said.
Lotte recently fell to sixth place after losing three consecutive games. It was the first time in about three months that he was eliminated from the “five finals.”
Coach Sutton said, “Gudrum is also a player with good outfield defense skills. Park Seung-wook is also good at third base defense. Currently, Ahn Kwon-soo and Ko Seung-min are out of the outfield due to injuries. “Other outfielders in the first team entry are also struggling,” he said.
Goodrum’s outfield defense is expected to be no problem. Having played 402 games in the Major League, he played a total of 68 games as an outfielder. This is a small number compared to his total 217 games as an infielder, but he also has no outfield experience.
Lotte formed the starting lineup in the order of Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder), Koo Drum (left fielder), Ahn Chi-hong (second baseman), Jeon Joon-woo (nominated hitter), Han Dong-hee (1st baseman), Park Seung-wook (3rd baseman), Yoo Kang-nam (catcher), Noh Jin-hyuk (shortstop), and Kim Min-seok (center fielder).
On this day, Lotte will also debut a new foreign pitcher. Aaron Wilkerson will start. Coach Sutton said, “When I saw him training, he had a good ball control. “I think it would be good to pitch aggressively with your weapon,” he said. “Considering that it is your debut match, the number of pitches is expected to be about 80 pitches.” “I will check my condition steadily during the game,” he said.