Gave away a 150km fireballer, got him back…KIA first base, finally time for the 23-year-old right-hander.
August 30, 2023 | by pondokslot.com
Choi Won-jun moved to the outfield. Hwang Dae-in was sent down to the second team with the return of Kim Sun-bin. Finally, it was Byun Woo-hyuk’s (23) time at first base for KIA.
SBS Sports commentator Lee Soon-cheol has noted Byun’s promise on several occasions during his coverage of KIA games this season, praising him for not breaking his own batting stance when a changeup comes in and for his consistent swing. He expected him to show something if he kept getting opportunities.
Byun Woo-hyuk is a big bat prospect that KIA picked up last November after giving up 150km fireballer Han Seung-hyuk (Hanwha). He was clearly in the club’s long-term plans. However, he hasn’t been able to get consistent opportunities. First of all, he hasn’t really proven himself.
However, it’s hard for Byun to escape the reality that he has to split playing time with Hwang Dae-in and Choi Won-joon. Last year, Hwang Dae-in was the full-time first baseman, so it’s no surprise that he was given the opportunity first. However, Hwang Dae-in has struggled this season. There were also injuries. He’s likely to return to the first team in time for the September expansion roster, but he’s currently out of the KIA lineup.
Choi Won-jun’s first base stint also failed. First of all, he showed several times that he was not familiar with the first base position. As his batting struggled, he was forced to move to the outfield to ease the burden on his defense. This dramatically cleared the way for Byun Woo-hyuk at first base for KIA.
It’s a bit late, late August/early September, but it’s time to start making an impact. KIA now enters the climax of the battle for fifth place. If Byun Woo-hyuk continues to play well and consistently hits at least two doubles, KIA will be in good shape. Showing something here could give him an edge over Hwang Dae-in, who will eventually return to the first team. 온라인바카라
His defense has been criticized for being weaker than his batting, but it’s not inferior to Hwang Dae-in or Choi Won-joon. On the contrary, Kim Jong-kook has been praised for his stable fundamentals. In terms of his future, he is worthy of being a full-time first baseman for KIA. While it’s true that he needs to take his chances, he also needs to lay the groundwork properly. Only then will we have an interpretable sample.
In 58 games this season, he’s batting .229 with 144 hits, 33 doubles, six home runs, 21 RBIs, 18 runs scored, a .679 OPS, and a .268 slugging percentage. It would be interesting to see how he performs over 100 games and with enough at-bats. Realistically, we don’t have a hitter who can hit the ball far enough to follow in the footsteps of Choi Hyung-woo and Na Sung-beom. I’m curious to see what the future holds for Byun Woo-hyuk after he completes his military service.