The long-awaited June has come.
The power plus effect expected by the KIA Tigers will soon come true. Outfielder Choi Won-joon (26), who served in the military at Sangmu, will be discharged on the 11th. If there are no major problems with his physical condition, Choi Won-joon will return to his home team, KIA, and join the season right away.
Choi Won-joon is recording a batting average of 2.28 li (21 hits in 92 at-bats), 1 home run and 9 RBIs in 25 games in the Futures (second team) league this season. He picked up 25 walks while striking out just 19. He has a decent on-base percentage of 0.398. However, his slugging percentage or batting average, which is only 0.315, is not very high.
The KIA had many outfield holes amid Na Seong-beom’s (34) injury departure and Socrates Brito’s (31) sluggish performance right after the season began. It is true that Choi Won-joon, who was an outfield star before enlisting, was so desperate to be discharged and joined.
But lately things have changed. The so-called ‘sculpture’ outfield resources are very active. Veteran Koh Jong-wook (34) is doing his part in the batting average with a batting average of 3.19 li (37 hits in 116 bats) in 41 games, and Lee Woo-seong (batting average 3.6 li in 29, 38 games, 30 hits in 98 bats) is also an important player. Every moment, he is adding strength with a long hit. Socrates, who had been sluggish for a month in April, also recovered by raising his batting average to over 30%. Another outfield resource, Lee Chang-jin (32), has a batting average of 2.6 for the season (27 hits in 104 at-bats), but his batting average in the last 10 games has reached 3.7 5 Lee. In addition, Kim Seok-hwan (24), who is in charge of the left-handed backup role, is holding out. It can be said that it is an ambiguous situation to vacate a seat for Choi Won-joon in a situation where the rest of the outfielders except for Kim Seok-hwan are playing a key role in the team’s batting line.
Coach Kim Jong-guk said, “We still have to think a little more about whether Choi Won-joon will be registered in the first team.” He did not hide his concerns, saying, “The outfielders are doing very well. Choi Won-joon will join the first team (after being discharged), but he needs to think more about registering for the entry.”메이저놀이터
Choi Won-joon is a resource that can play not only a wide defensive radius, but also a lead-off role. When he joins the first team, Socrates, who played the role of center fielder, can relieve the physical burden, and he can flexibly utilize the lead-off spot alternately occupied by Ryu Ji-hyeok and Park Chan-ho. However, since he has to draw a picture for the entire team, he cannot focus only on utilization. For the time being, KIA is expected to spend a time of contemplation.