The KIA Tigers showed off their sharp claws last season. Who will be the right person to take the center of the attack with Na Seong-beom (34) and Socrates Brito (31) this year?
Last year, the KIA Tigers took 5th place and took the postseason stage for the first time in three years. The driving force was a sharp blow. He took first place overall in team batting average (0.272) and OPS (0.747), and took second place in RBIs (677 RBIs), showing off the majesty of the batting line.
At the center were Na Seong-beom and Socrates Brito, the ‘nuclei of the attack’. Na Seong-beom participated in all 144 games and recorded a batting average of 0.320, 21 homers, 97 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.910, leaving a splendid report card in the first year of transfer. Na Seong-beom, who was recognized for his outstanding performance, was honored to win the Golden Glove for the first time in 7 years.
Socrates, who spent his first season in the KBO League, had a batting average of 0.311, 17 home runs, 77 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 127 games, and an OPS of 0.848. If it hadn’t been for the fractured nose he sustained midway through the season, he would have had a more formidable record. Socrates goes with KIA this year as well. He signed a new contract for a total of 1.1 million dollars (500,000 annual salary, 300,000 down payment, 300,000 dollars in options).
Last year, Na Seong-beom stood at the most bats in the batting order 3 times and Socrates 5 times. Na Seong-beom and Socrates did their part, but KIA had trouble with the 4th batting order. Hitter Hwang Dae-in, who hit 8 homers and 44 RBIs until May, showed ups and downs from June (batting average 0.205) and went down to 7th after 5th. 카지노
Afterwards, KIA alternately appointed Na Seong-beom and Choi Hyeong-woo as the 4th hitter, and at the end of the season, Socrates was fixed as the 4th hitter. In the first game of the wild card match, KIA put forward a cleanup trio leading to Na Seong-beom, Socrates, and Choi Hyung-woo.
In the 2023 season, Na Seong-beom and Socrates will show off their hot hitting in the center line. If so, who will fill the remaining seats? Choi Hyung-woo or Hwang Dae-in, who both hit 14 home runs last season, are likely to be the most likely.
Choi Hyung-woo, who has a career high of 356 home runs, posted a batting average of 0.264, 14 homers, 71 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.787 in 132 games last year. In particular, in the second half, he proved that he was healthy by performing with a batting average of 0.314, 7 homers and 36 RBIs. He still has the extra power to hit a shot, and his scoring position batting average was 0.282.
There is also a possibility that Hwang Dae-in will re-enter the center lineup. He played in 129 games in the 2022 season, posting a batting average of 0.256, 14 homers, 91 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.716. Considering it’s his first full-time season, it’s not a bad report card. In particular, Hwang Dae-in recorded a batting average close to 30% (0.296) in scoring range, ranking second in the team in RBI. It is Hwang Dae-in who left a strong impact in the chance.