It is a great twist. KIA Park Chan-ho (28) ranks first overall in batting average in the KBO League in May.
Park Chan-ho recorded 20 hits in 49 at-bats, a batting average of 0.408, 6 RBIs, 9 runs, 4 walks and 4 steals in May alone. In terms of his batting average in May, he is the highest among batters who have filled the required number of at-bats. It is ahead of Jose Pirella (Samsung, 0.373) in second place. It’s a turn of events no one expected.
Park finished April with 13 hits in 72 at-bats,메이저놀이터a batting average of 0.181, 1 RBI, 10 runs and 5 steals in 23 games. It was so low that it was colorless that he was evaluated for opening his eyes to hitting in the 2022 season. There was a reason. It was largely due to his wrist, which had been bothering Park Chan-ho since the Tucson spring camp.
Even Park Chan-ho could not go to the Okinawa spring camp. He underwent treatment and training at the Hampyeong Rehabilitation Group. However, it was a fact that his batting training volume was less compared to 2022 spring camp. Director Kim Jong-guk was also concerned about this part early on, and it turned out to be a reality to some extent.
However, it is true that Park Chan-ho opened his eyes to the hit. It is evaluated that he completely broke the bad habit of opening his left leg and left shoulder right before the hitting point. There are still weaknesses in power, but the ambition to grow into the league’s top-notch center infielder by increasing accuracy is ongoing.
On the 21st, the game against Kiwoom in Gwangju was blocked by Choi Won-tae’s power and returned to no hits in 4 at-bats. However, in the last 10 games, it is good with a batting average of 0.359, 5 RBIs, 7 runs and 3 steals. The scene that gave the impression that Park Chan-ho’s condition is really good and has grown recently was an infield hit to the shortstop in the 3rd inning of the game on the 20th.
At that time, Park Chan-ho struck Kiwoom Ariel Furado’s 3-pitch 148km fastball with a ball count of 2S and scored an infield hit that virtually pierced the side of second base. However, when Lee Min-ho, the referee, did not accept a time-out request just before, his regretful appearance was captured on the relay broadcasting camera.
Of course, the referee is not obligated to accept the batter’s request for time. However, it seems that Park Chan-ho was upset when the normally accepted time was not accepted. Still, he hit infield without losing cohesion. First base coach Lee Hyun-gon laughed and patted Chan-ho Park on the back.
Park Chan-ho made six mistakes this year. There are fewer leftovers than in previous years. His season batting average also rose to 0.273. He also rose to No. 2 in the batting order, where he stayed in No. 8-9. In this way, the dream of a shortstop with both offense and defense is ripening with the great turnaround in May. Injuries are also your biggest enemy. He must take good care of himself.