Will Kim Seok-hwan (24, KIA) be given a chance to return to the first team?
KIA left-handed slugging prospect Kim Seok-hwan has been struggling in the Futures League this year, unable to break through the first team barrier. Park Heung-sik, who now coaches hitters at Lotte, made headlines when he revealed that Kim’s swing was similar to Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop’s when he was in the KIA first and second teams.카지노사이트
Upon his arrival in the 2022 season, Kim Jong-kook set his sights on Kim Seok-hwan as he searched for a left fielder. As it turns out, Kim was just as highly touted as Kim Do-young at the time. Kim’s performance in the exhibition games raised expectations, and he consistently played him in left field for the first month of the season. He batted seventh or eighth.
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However, he failed miserably and was never called up to the first team again. It’s hard to survive in the first team if you can’t hit, because you have to win with your bat. It’s the same now. He’s played just four games for the first team this year. He spent just 12 days in the first team, including four days in early April and eight days from 30 May to 6 June.
One hit in 14 at-bats, a .071 batting average, two RBIs and one run scored. A 0-for-7 performance against the Busan Lotte on 2-3 June, in which he struck out five times, was crucial, and he hasn’t been given another chance with the first team since. SBS Sports commentator Lee Soon-cheol, who broadcast the game, criticised Kim’s ability to hit changeups.
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While Lee Woo-sung has established himself in left field, it doesn’t mean that Hwang Dae-in or Byun Woo-hyuk have established themselves at first base, and Kim Seok-hwan missed a golden opportunity to establish himself in the first team. Even now, KIA’s first base is manned by the returning Choi Won-jun, but in the long run, he should move to the outfield. In the long run, the KIA first baseman is still undecided.
Kim Seok-hwan has been quietly bombing in the Future League lately. In his last 10 games, he is 16-for-32 with a .500 batting average, two home runs, 21 RBIs and eight runs scored. In 62 games this season, he’s 210-for-59 with a .281 batting average, 12 homers, 52 RBIs, 33 runs scored, a .510 on-base percentage, a .386 slugging percentage, and an OPS of .896.
He’s in the Futures League, but he has a cool swing that doesn’t strike out. He’s showing some of his natural ability. However, he’s not the best at picking off pitches, which is why his OPS hasn’t gone above 0.9 even when he’s bombing second base.
The second-team coaching staff must have made some sort of assessment and reported back to first-team manager Kim Jong-kook. A player should never be called up to the first team based on his numbers alone. The content is more important than the numbers. Any coach would be happy to have a good report from the second team.
It’s hard to know what the Kia second team had to say about Kim. If he doesn’t pass this stage, there’s a good chance he won’t make it to the first team. However, there is a chance that he could be recalled for the September expansion draft. Furthermore, KIA has the variable of Choi Won-jun’s departure for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
At the end of the season, when the standings are at stake, they will be without a first baseman. The competition between Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk, who is currently in the first team, will reignite. If Kim Seok-hwan continues to hit well in September, there’s no reason why he can’t make the first team at the end of the season and add to the competition. Even if he doesn’t make the first team again this year, his development is still important for next year and the future. Whether you’re a lefty or righty, big bat prospects are valuable.