“I can’t say that the feeling of hitting has improved.”
Hwang Dae-in (27), the KIA ‘cute giant’ who disappeared from District 1. Starting with the match against Samsung on May 30th and ending with the match against LG on the 16th, we are constantly adjusting the sense of hitting in the Futures League. He often hits home runs and conducts first-team ‘armed demonstrations’. On the 14th, he hit 2 homers in the SSG match. On the 16th, LG Electronics also fired a left-handed three-run against starting pitcher Kang Hyo-jong in the first inning. On the 17th, LG Electronics also hit Cho Won-tae with a left-handed two-run gun.안전놀이터
However, coach Kim Jong-guk has no intention of putting Hwang Dae-in in the first team right away. Even though it has been about 20 days since the LG match in Gwangju on May 28, it seems that the Futures League schedule will be digested unless it is perfectly confirmed and proven that the feeling of hitting has risen.
Hwang Dae-in has 25 hits in 118 at-bats, a batting average of 0.212, 3 homers, 18 RBIs, 11 runs, an OPS of 0.583, and a batting average of 0.293 in 36 games in the first team this season. However, in 12 games in the second team, he went 8 hits in 43 at-bats with a batting average of 0.186, 5 homers, 9 RBIs, 8 runs, and an OPS of 0.885. He walked 9 and struck out 12 times.
Head coach Kim Jong-guk said, ahead of the match against Gwangju NC on the 17th, “I think I hit about 4 home runs, but after hitting home runs, I can say that the feeling of hitting has improved only when I hit hits consistently. However, his record is not very good the day after he hits a home run. I think there are still ups and downs.”
In fact, Hwang Dae-in hit the first home run in the Futures League against Sangmu on the 7th, and then recorded 1 hit in 3 at-bats against Sangmu on the 8th. However, after hitting two homers in the SSG game on the 14th, he was silent like coach Kim said. On the 15th, it was no hit in 4 at bats against SSG. On the 16th and 17th, he hit home runs in two consecutive games, but could not add a hit in the remaining at-bats.
Starting from the end of May, the main players sent to the 2nd team by coach Kim are not surprisingly easily promoted to the 1st team. Except for Sean Anderson, who just returned, Jeon Sang-hyun, who came up ahead of the game on the 17th, is all. Hwang Dae-in, Kim Dae-yu, Kim Ki-hoon, and Jung Hae-young are still in the 2nd division.
Coach Kim hopes that the key players who have gone down to the 2nd team will definitely find their skills and come up. It is not that Hwang Dae-in is happy that he hit a home run in the 2nd division, but he has a strong desire to consistently hit well. In the first team, the average management was not good, so it was difficult. The reality is that he is in the 10th generation even in the 2nd district.
Moreover, Choi Won-joon, who has returned to the current KIA first base, is well guarded. He plays the role of a table setter along with Ryu Ji-hyeok with his unique contact ability. Even if Hwang Dae-in comes up to the first team right away, there is no guarantee that he will beat Choi Won-joon and wear a first baseman’s mitt. In a way, director Kim wants Hwang Dae-in to grow up strong.