LG head coach Yeom Kyung-yup has identified new signing Detrick Enns as his new ace ahead of this season. Casey “Jamsil Jesus” Kelly, who signed a contract extension during last year’s Korean Series, was naturally relegated to the No. 2 spot, but Kelly doesn’t think he’s lost his spot. He has stepped up to help Enns adjust.
The LG Twins signed Enns on Dec. 14 of last year for a total of $1 million, including $100,000 in incentives. Ens, who had spent the previous two years playing for the Seibu Lions of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization, was released last year after failing to make the team. In need of a new team, LG quickly approached him and got him to sign the contract.
The press release for the signing showed great excitement. “Detrick Enns is a durable and consistent pitcher with excellent fastball command and changeup. Based on his experience in Nippon Professional Baseball, we expect him to adapt quickly and become the team’s number one starter in the 2024 season.” Even with experience in Nippon Professional Baseball, there are no guarantees that a pitcher will adapt to the KBO, and the team has declared its intention to entrust its ace before the season even begins.
Kelly, who has been wearing an LG uniform for six years and is the longest-serving foreign player in LG’s history, is helping the ace adjust. “Kelly and Austin Dean have been very helpful to me,” Enes said through the club on Wednesday (June 12). They’ve been answering all of my questions, like how to travel during the season and what to expect in practice and games in Korea.”
Among the Korean players, pitching coach Lim Chan-kyu, who made his debut with LG before signing as a free agent, and Choi Dong-hwan, who joined the team in 2009, are actively helping Enns. “Im Chan-kyu and Choi Dong-hwan have been helping me adapt to the team in camp. They made me feel comfortable. As soon as I joined, they made me feel welcome to be a part of the team.”
Having already played baseball in Asia once, he knew what to expect in Korea. “I’m looking forward to playing in the KBO and with the LG Twins,” says Enns. The key to adjusting to a new league is to familiarize ourselves with the teams we will be facing and the tendencies of the hitters, especially from a mental standpoint. That way, we can make the best strategy for each game,” he said.
As for expectations, Ace said, “I’m excited and looking forward to this opportunity. I’m happy to join a great team that won the championship last season, and I can feel the positive vibes and energy from my teammates and coaches.” As for her strengths that will 토토사이트 make her an ace, she says, “My ability to stay focused and calm under pressure. I try to stay focused on the moment and the ball. I also have a laid-back, easy-going personality and adapt well to new situations.”
Enns is making good progress in camp. “I’m doing well with my throwing and reinforcement drills. Working with the coaches has been great for my technique and training. We’re on the same page when we talk about getting ready for the start of the season. So far in camp, I feel very good,” he explained.
One of his most important routines is throwing weighted balls and baseballs. “It’s a time to develop my pitches and mechanics. It’s important to practice with intention and purpose,” he said.
Enns also thanked the LG Twins fans for their support and encouragement. I can’t wait to meet them and show them how I throw on the mound at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. I will focus on every day and pitch as consistently and reliably as possible to help the team win one more championship and repay the LG Twins fans for their incredible support,” he said, adding that he looks forward to meeting LG fans in Seoul.