“The movement was good.”
LG Twins’ first-round rookie Kim Bum-seok (19) will start at first base in the sixth spot against the Lotte Giants in the regular season of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Sajik Stadium in Busan on June 5.
It will be Kim’s second start since June 6 against the Gochuk Kiwoom. On that occasion, he started as a designated hitter. 온라인바카라 It will be his first start at first base.
After graduating from Gyeongnam High School and being selected with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2023 KBO Draft, Kim was highly touted as a catching prospect. “The proper name Kim Bum-seok will become synonymous with Korean baseball,” Cha Myung-seok said at the time of his selection.
Although he’s been hampered by shoulder and side pain lately, Kim batted .258 (56-for-196) with six home runs, 31 RBIs, and a .789 OPS in 58 games in the Futures League. He was also named the Futures All-Star MVP. He was added to the first team roster on March 30 and is currently with the first team. On April 4, LG clinched the regular season title, and he was able to celebrate his rookie year with a championship ceremony. His first-team record was 4-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in six games.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I came to the first team and practiced for about four days. My movement is fine, so I’m going to test it. Anyway, I’m thinking of him as a first baseman next year, not a catcher.” “He can’t be in the first team yet as a catcher, he has to think about the bat, and I can’t leave him in the first team again with just the bat,” he said, explaining the reasoning behind using him as a first baseman.
“(Jae-won) will give Kim Bum-seok a chance as a backup. If Bum-seok can hold down the fort until Jae-won arrives, that’s good, or we can send in the troops. You can think of it as a trade for Lee Jae-won and Kim Bum-seok.”
Still, a player who needs to succeed as a catcher anyway. “I’m thinking of him as a catcher who will succeed (Park) Dong-won in the future,” Yeom added, referring to Kim Bum-seok’s growth plans.
Speaking to reporters before the game, Kim Bum-seok said, “First base is also a position I played a lot when I was in school. To be honest, I spent more time as a first baseman than I did as a catcher. I also received a lot of punches in the second team. This is my first time playing first base in the pros.”
He also experienced the championship ceremony the day before and celebrated at the hotel. He said, “The seniors all worked hard to make this happen. It was very meaningful for me to come and be lucky enough to share it with them, and I want to say thank you to them.”
He also talked about making his second start against Han Hyun-hee, a senior at Gyeongnam High School, saying, “There is a senior at Gyeongnam High School who had a no-hitter, and I’ve been wanting to hit the ball since then, so it will be great to face her.”
The seniors also cheered for Kim Bum-seok’s first hit of the day. “When I was practicing batting today, seniors (Park) Hae-min and (Hong) Chang-gi told me to get my first hit today. I will aim to get my first hit,” he said encouragingly.