Will new hope bloom in KIA first base full of despair?
KIA first base this season is despair itself. First baseman Hwang Dae-in before the opening game went down to the second team with a batting average of 0.212, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and an OPS of 0.583 in 36 games. Byun Woo-hyuk, who was expected to make the main players nervous by going back and forth between 1st and 3rd base, also fell short of expectations with a batting average of 0.196, 4 homers, 14 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.687 in 36 games.먹튀검증
Even Kim Seok-hwan, who was registered with Hwang Dae-in’s first group, returned to the second group on the 7th. He went 1-for-14 with a batting average of 0.071, 2 RBI and 1 run in 4 games. Who would have predicted that the three first basemen that KIA thought of as first basemen this season would be sluggish side by side. Finally, on the 8th, in the SSG game in Gwangju, Kim Kyu-seong went out as the starting first baseman.
KIA’s hit graph has generally been on the rise since May. The variance by game is quite large, but considering the absence of Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young, it should be seen as good. By the 8th, there are three people in the league’s top 10 batting average (1st place Kim Seon-bin 0.321, 3rd place Choi Hyung-woo 0.318, 6th place Socrates Brito 0.316). In fact, they, along with Ryu Ji-hyeok (0.302) and Park Chan-ho (0.287), are the key to leading the batting line.
However, Kim Sun-bin has a burden on his ankle, and Choi Hyeong-woo is an unrepentant veteran. Ryu Ji-hyeok was injured while rushing home in a game on the 8th. Ryu Ji-hyeok and Park Chan-ho are positions that put a lot of pressure on defense. The first baseman is in dire need of support.
In this situation, it is interesting to see how Choi Won-joon (26, managing director) of “Futures Pyeongjeongnam”, who has entered the countdown to return to the 1st team. On the 7th and 8th, Choi Won-joon started as a first baseman in the Futures League home game against his parent KIA. Perhaps Choi Won-joon can emerge as an alternative to KIA first base after being discharged on the 12th.
Choi Won-jun played a variety of positions to the point of going back and forth between 2 and 3 positions a day when he was former coach Kim Ki-tae. He didn’t make it much as a first baseman, but his experience is. If Choi Won-joon goes out as first baseman in the first team and plays well in air defense, it can be a healthy stimulus for the three people mentioned above.
In fact, the KIA outfield is saturated. With Socrates as the axis, Ko Jong-wook and Lee Woo-sung are more than expected. Na Seong-beom will return at the end of this month or the beginning of next month. Socrates and Na Seong-beom are built-in. If Choi Won-jun is also fixed in the outfield, Ko Jong-wook, Lee Woo-seong, and Lee Chang-jin, who go back and forth between starters and backups, will be less useful. For KIA, there is no reason not to consider Choi Won-joon’s first baseman option.
Above all, Choi Won-joon’s hitting and quick feet are so attractive. After being discharged, he is a player who needs to grow as a leading hitter and pillar connecting Choi Hyung-woo, Na Seong-beom, and Kim Sun-bin. After being discharged, the first base defense will need to be verified, but the recent transformation of the first baseman in the Futures League is interesting in many ways.
Rather, it is clear that the batting pace this year is not very good. In 27 games, batting average 0.214, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 20 runs, OPS 0.685. Even if Choi Won-joon is appointed as the first baseman after being discharged, he will have a happy ending only when the bat explodes. The first thing KIA wants from Choi Won-jun, who will return, is hitting production.