‘The second Lee Jung-hoo’ Kim Min-seok (19, Lotte) recorded a multi-hit in front of Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom). The fearless rookie, who is gradually adapting to the professional stage, surpassed 30% in batting average in May.
Kim Min-seok started as center fielder in the match against Kiwoom held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 26th.
Even after starting Kiwoom in the first inning, Kim Min-seok struck out three pitches against the opponent. He struck out on a 148km fastball and struck out with a miss. He hit from 1 ball with 1 out and 1 base in the 3rd inning, but he was out with a shortstop floating ball.
Lotte took the lead with Park Seung-wook’s timely hit in the 5th inning with 2nd out and 3rd base. In the 2nd and 1st base, Kim Min-seok pushed Hurado’s outside fastball (145km) with his wrist on the 4th pitch from 1B-2S, hitting a left-handed hit that escaped the 3rd interval. Even at the young age of 19, he is recognized for his batting control and batting skills.
Kim Min-seok came out as the lead batter in the 8th inning and succeeded in multi-hits against left-hander Kim Jae-woong with a double that fell on the left line in 1B-2S. No runs were scored as subsequent hitters retreated on missed bunts, fly balls, and ground balls.
Kim Min-seok, who recorded 2 hits in 4 at-bats that day, has a season batting average of .254 (30 hits in 118 at-bats), 1 home run, 14 RBIs, 19 runs, and an OPS of .644. He’s getting better as he plays, as his experience grows. In April, Kim Min-seok had a batting average of 109.6. OPS was .482.
However, in May, his batting average was 30.6 li (19 hits in 62 at-bats) and his OPS was .785, which markedly improved his numbers. He is even better with a batting average of 3.2 5 Lee in his last 10 games. In the last 16th and 18th against Hanwha, he also recorded 3 hits in 2 consecutive games.
He secured his position within two months. He is the top hitter in center field, most often in the starting lineup. Kim Min-seok, who joined Lotte in the 3rd overall in the 1st round of rookies this year, was evaluated as resembling Lee Jung-hoo, a 6-year senior at Whimoon High School. The same right-handed left-handed hit, precise blow.
Last year’s MVP Lee Jung-hoo failed to record a hit in front of his juniors that day. Lee Jung-hoo started as center fielder 3 times and recorded no hits and 1 walk in 3 at-bats. Lee Jung-hoo, who played as the number one hitter all through May, returned to number three after 23 games on this day.
Before the game,메이저놀이터 Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki said, “In the end, Lee Jung-hoo has to raise the RBI in the center line. He has to show the kind of performance he showed last year to give strength to the stagnant batting line. When he first started in May, he came out as No. 1, and if he shows his true form in the center of the batting line, he will be energized in the batting line.”
However, Lee Jung-hoo was silent with no hits, and his batting average for the season fell to 2.4 and 7 li (43 hits in 174 at-bats). He is gradually recovering from his batting average of .2 1.8 in April to .2 7.6 in May, but it is still not enough.