“It’s a hit because the existing beasts can make up for it. I don’t have high expectations (from the catchers).”
The biggest task for the KIA lineup this season is to minimize the offense and defense minus of Park Dong-won, who left for LG. Han Seung-taek is ready to take off as the main catcher once again. Transfer student Joo Hyo-sang is preparing for the season as a first-team backup. Here, Shin Beom-soo and Kim Seon-woo are fighting for a spot as the second backup.
Park Dong-won hit 18 home runs in the 2022 season. He hit 17 at KIA alone. Being able to hit 20 home runs in the season is Park Dong-won’s greatest charm. Realistically, there is no player among KIA catchers who can expect 10 home runs. In the end, Choi Won-joon, who will return in June, and the existing main hitters have to fill in the 10 o’clock general.
So, coach Kim Jong-guk recently said at the KIA spring camp at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, “I don’t expect too much because the existing fielders can fill in the blow.” He just said, “When you’re not expecting it, he just needs to hit it one by one.”
As general manager Jang Jeong-seok said, the trade did not go through. Early on, he set out to recruit catchers from outside. The atmosphere may be ripe again, but this is the time when all 10 clubs sing ‘hope’. With Park Dong-won’s departure, KIA is also trying to strengthen internal fostering in the homeroom.
Manager Kim said, “I hope catchers only think about defense and ball combinations. Seungtaek has good base stealing ability and stable defense. Hyo-sang is the first nominee. He has experience and has been in the military.” Somehow the two catchers have to create synergy with the pitchers. Han Seung-taek has a greater responsibility than Joo Hyo-sang, who is matched with KIA pitchers for the first time. 토토사이트
Furthermore, it is also spurring the development of backup catchers. Director Kim said, “We have to watch Kim Seon-woo and Shin Beom-soo. Kim Seon-woo is good at defense and has good contact skills at bat. I will prepare the two as backups for Seungtaek and Hyosang.”
In the case of the 10th, Shin Beom-soo, who was with Yang Hyeon-jong in bullpen pitching, became the subject of ‘instant special training’ by battery coach Kim Sang-hoon. When pitchers pitch in the bullpen, the manager, head coach, and pitching coach usually focus on the pitcher. However, the battery coach intensively checks the catchers’ catching, posture, and framing.
On this day, coach Kim Sang-hoon, perhaps not liking Shin Beom-soo’s attitude, suddenly checked the next play after the catch. It wasn’t a very strenuous exercise, and it only lasted for a short while. However, it was a representative scene that revealed that KIA cares about the growth of catchers. Spring camp is also a time to fill in the missing parts.