Under these circumstances, KIA manager Kim Jong-kook made a big decision. On the 25th, Hwang Dae-in, along with Choi Hyung-woo, was eliminated from the first division. It’s time for Hwang Dae-in, who has been sluggish this season, to play something more, but coach Kim Jong-kook made the opposite choice.
Players who will replace Choi Hyung-woo and Hwang Dae-in will be unveiled ahead of the Changwon NC match on the 26th. KIA will hold four consecutive games in Changwon including a doubleheader with NC from the 26th to the 28th, and three consecutive games in Gocheok and Incheon with Kiwoom and SSG from the 29th to the 31st. Kim Geon-guk, the replacement starter, will go out from the game on the 26th. Basically, there is a possibility that at least one person will be devoted to reinforcing the mound.
However, since the four main players left the lineup for two weeks, it is imperative to reinforce the firepower. If you count Hwang Dae-in, it’s five. Reinforcement of the batting lineup is also urgently needed. At this point, I can’t help but mention his name once again. It may be a little awkward to call it now, but it’s still not a nickname for anyone. It is still a difficult card to give up given its potential.
It is Kim Seok-hwan (23), a left-handed first baseman and outfielder. The modifier is “the second Lee Seung-yeop.” It is also true that he has rarely received opportunities, and that he has not been able to appeal in the first division. However, considering the team’s situation and situation, there is a possibility that it will take the last chance to call up the first division. Even if it is not necessarily the 26th, it could be the last hidden card in the remaining 20 games. 토토
Kim Seok-hwan failed to return to the first division after going to the second division with a batting average of 0.071 two RBIs and a run-on-base percentage of 0.071 OPS of 0.0204 left in four games from KT on May 30 to Lotte on June 3. At that time, SBS Sports commentator Lee Soon-cheol, who broadcasted the match against Lotte in Busan, received harsh criticism. It was pointed out that it was too difficult to cope with the breaking ball.
Anyway, it’s the past that passed. Kim Seok-hwan is again bombing the Futures League. In 79 games this season, he has 82 hits in 267 at-bats for a batting average of 0.307, 18 homers, 73 RBIs, 48 runs batted in, 0.413 slugging percentage of 0.573 OPS. He ranks first in homers and RBIs in the Futures League, third in slugging percentage, sixth in on-base percentage, eighth in batting average, and tied for ninth in runs scored. The rankings combine the northern and southern leagues.
Kim Seok-hwan started as the fourth left fielder in the Futures League away game against Lotte 2nd Division at Sangdong Stadium in Gimhae on the 24th, and combined a heavy hit in the third inning and a right-center double in the eighth inning, making two hits in four at-bats, three RBIs and one run. In the last 10 games, he has a strong batting average of 0.371 with one home run, nine RBIs and six runs.
There is a catch. There is a clear gap between the Futures League and the first team. The industry believes that it is absurd to apply the Futures League performance to the first division as it is. When all teams call up players from the second division to the first division, the decision is made based on the evaluation and report of the second division coaching staff. At this time, not only figures but also changes in technology and mentality are considered. Among the players with good performance in the second division, there should be some internal situation in the case of not being able to make it to the first division.
Therefore, even if KIA does not put Kim Seok-hwan in the first division, it should be viewed as a “decision of the bench.” There will be a reason why if Kim Seok-hwan is put up in the first division, or if not, there will be a reason. However, it is true that the situation of the first division is urgent this time. If Hwang Dae-in had dropped into the second division when the central batting line had virtually collapsed, something could have been decided. If Kim Seok-hwan gets his last chance, he will take his last chance on the brink of baseball life.