|KT Wiz – No. 35|
|Born:June 15, 1980|
|May 10, 1999, for the Ssangbangwool Raiders|
|Representing South Korea|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2009 Los Angeles||Team|
|2006 San Diego||Team|
|Revised Romanization||I Jinnyeong|
Lee Jin-Young (Hangul: 이진영, Hanja: 李晋暎) (born June 15, 1980 in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea) is a South Korean right fielder who plays for the KT Wiz in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats and throws left-handed.
Attending Gunsan Commerce High School in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, Lee was considered the best high school hitter. He was also a highly regarded left-handed power pitcher who threw in the mid-90s as a starter. In 1997, he was selected for the South Korea national junior team that finished in 5th place at the 1997 World Junior Baseball Championship held in Moncton, Canada.
Notable international careers
|1997||Canada||World Junior Baseball Championship||5th||.409 BA (9-for-22), SB title|
|1998||Japan||Asian Junior Baseball Championship||All-Star (OF)|
Upon graduation from Gunsan High School, Lee was drafted by the Ssangbangwool Raiders, which became the SK Wyverns after the 1999 season, in the first round of the 1999 KBO Draft. Lee made his debut in the pro league against the Hanwha Eagles in Gunsan on May 10, 1999. Appearing in 65 games, he finished his rookie year in 1999 with a .258 batting average, 4 home runs and 13 RBIs.
In 2001, Lee bounced back from the sophomore slump, batting a respectable .280 with 90 hits, 7 home runs, 16 doubles and 9 stolen bases.
From 2002 through 2004, he notched three consecutive seasons batting .300+, and won his first Golden Glove Award in 2004.
Along with his batting accuracy, the strong left-armed Lee, the former power pitcher prospect, is also well known for superb defensive skills in right field, which enable him to collect many outfield assists every season. At the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, his defensive skills drew international attention, making acrobatic catches and outfield assists in the tournament.
In the 2007 KBO season, he missed over 40 regular-season games due to injuries, but batted a career-high .350 with 77 hits in 220 at-bats.
In 2008, Lee was placed on the disabled list again and missed 30 games during the season, but batted .300-plus again (.315) with 102 hits in 324 at-bats, compiling 8 home runs, 53 RBIs and a career-high 12 stolen bases.
Prior to the 2009 season, Lee was selected for the South Korea national baseball team, and competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In the WBC, Lee batted .250 and drove in 7 runs, appearing in all 9 games. In the Team Korea's first game against Chinese Taipei, he smacked a grand slam in the first inning off the Cleveland Indians’ prospect Lee Chen-Chang to power Olympic champions Korea to a 9-0 win. In Round 2, Lee smacked a 2-RBI single off Yu Darvish in the top of the first inning to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over Japan, which assured South Korea a spot in the semifinals.
Notable international careers
|2002||Cuba||Intercontinental Cup||.333 BA (12-for-36), 8 RBI, 2 SB, All-Star (OF)|
|2003||Japan||Asian Baseball Championship||.125 BA (1-for-8)|
|2006||United States||World Baseball Classic||.150 BA (3-for-20)|
|2006||Qatar||Asian Games||.500 BA (10-for-20), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R|
|2008||Chinese Taipei||Final Olympic Qualification Tournament||.143 BA (2-for-14), 3 RBI, 1 SB|
|2008||China||Olympic Games||.333 BA (6-for-18)|
|2009||United States||World Baseball Classic||.250 BA (4-for-16), 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 SB|