Saturday, 30th September 2023

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When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them


The world of KIA first baseman Byun Woo-hyeok of ‘Hwang Dae-in 2nd Army’? Will the time come for the 24-year-old left-handed gun?

Hwang Dae-in was notified of the 2nd Army. Who will be on the 1st team instead?

On the 29th, KIA announced the exclusion of Hwang Dae-in, Jeong Hae-young, Sean Anderson, Kim Dae-yu, and Yoon Do-hyun from the first team through the KBO. The players who will replace them will be registered in the first team according to Gwangju KT on the 30th. Resources to replace second starter Anderson and closer Chung Hae-young are of utmost interest. No less attention is paid to the operation of first base where Hwang Dae-in is missing.스포츠토토

Hwang Dae-in recorded 25 hits in 118 at-bats this season, a batting average of 0.212, 3 homers, 18 RBIs, 11 runs, an OPS of 0.583 and a scoring average of 0.293. He showed no better than in 2022, his first full-time season. Hwang Dae-in recorded a batting average of 0.256, 14 homers, 91 RBIs, 40 points, and an OPS of 0.715 in 129 games last year.

Hwang Dae-in, in particular, played 4 games last week and went 0-for-11. It is true that coach Kim Jong-kook gave Hwang Dae-in a little more weight as the starting first baseman when Byun Woo-hyeok, who was recruited through a trade, could not firmly establish himself at first base as well as at third base. However, as Hwang Dae-in could hardly raise the pace, the proportion of first baseman Byun Woo-hyeok rather increased last week.

Anyway, director Kim Jong-guk pulled out his sword. According to a KIA official, there are no health or injury issues for the five players who went down to the second group that day. It is only the second military operation in terms of readjustment due to sluggishness. As Hwang Dae-in, since he was in the 2nd division, he had to seize the opportunity for a certain rebound.

Now it remains to be seen how the KIA first base will operate. Maybe a little more weight can be put on Byun Woo-hyuk. The problem is that Byun Woo-hyuk is not as good as Hwang Dae-in. In 32 games this season, he has a batting average of 0.187, 4 home runs, 14 RBIs, 9 runs, an OPS of 0.583, and a batting average of 0.200, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs over the last 10 games.

Looking at it calmly, it is not strange at all if KIA puts Byun Woo-hyeok, not Hwang Dae-in, into the second group. Even so, it seems that the idea of ​​keeping Byun Woo-hyuk in the first team is to keep an eye on it. For this reason, there is a possibility that coach Kim Jong-guk will not exclusively entrust first base to Byeon Woo-hyuk.

At present, there is Kim Seok-hwan (24), a left-handed big shot prospect, as a first baseman who can rise from the 2nd team to the 1st team. Kim Seok-hwan recently took a break due to a hamstring injury, but returned to the Futures League. In 19 games this season, batting average 0.250, 3 homers, 8 RBIs, 9 runs, OPS 0.755.

From the match against Hanwha on the 21st to the match against KT on the 23rd and 24th, he had two hits and a home run in three consecutive games, but after that, against KT on the 25th and against Sangmu on the 26th and 27th, he was silent with a total of 11 hits. However, as Hwang Dae-in went down to the 2nd division, the reality is that there is no alternative as strong as Kim Seok-hwan. Kim Seok-hwan can play the outfield and first base at the same time, so his utilization is wide.

If Kim Seok-hwan comes up to the first team, left-handed hitter Kim Seok-hwan and right-handed hitter Byeon Woo-hyeok can run the first baseman platoon. It is ideal for a competitor to stick together in terms of giving Byun Woo-hyuk a healthy sense of tension. It is also necessary to motivate Kim Seok-hwan. What is director Kim Jong-kook’s choice? It is a sign that a change in the perception of KIA first base will occur.

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