The KIA Tigers have been reborn as a ‘hit team’.
The batting line has not been leaking this season. There was no place to escape from the table setter to the center and bottom line. This is the reason why he ranked first in most offensive indicators, including team batting average (27%), hits (1361), RBIs (677), walks (542), and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage 0.747).
In the center batting line, the ‘new family’ played an active role. The ensemble of Na Star (34) and Socrates Brito (31), who were recruited for a total of 15 billion won in 6 years, was impressive. Both players hit .300 and hit double-digit home runs 스포츠토토. The two players combined for 174 RBIs and were responsible for 25.7% of the team’s total RBIs. It has been sufficiently proven how a strong center line effect can have a great effect on a team’s offensive power.
It was Choi Hyung-woo (40) who supported them. He played the most at-bats in the 5th batting order, and his batting average was 2.28 2, exceeding the season batting average (2.6 4.). Before the season, he said, “I feel comfortable with number 6,” but coach Kim Jong-guk suggested using the center batting line, saying, “Choi Hyeong-woo is Choi Hyung-woo,” and chose to use number 5 or 6 alternately depending on the opponent pitcher.
If so, will KIA leave the number 5 seat to Choi Hyeong-woo next year?
If you only look at Hyung-Woo Choi’s performance in the second half, there is no reason not to use him. He proved that he is strong with his long hitting power and pioneering vision that obscures the gaze of the ‘aging curve’ that once hovered around. It is true that his power has declined compared to his heyday, but his concentration in the match was enough to take responsibility for a spot in the center of the lineup, which requires a ‘solver role’. However, there is a realistic difficulty in entrusting Choi Hyung-woo, who is in his 40s, with full-time play in all games. In order to properly arrange for physical fitness management, resources to allocate roles are needed.
The most promising rotation candidate is Hwang Dae-in (27). Having played his first full-time season in his debut last year, he had a ‘career high’ season with 14 home runs and 91 RBIs. If the experience accumulated on his full-time basis leads to development, it is considered a talent that can lighten Choi Hyeong-woo’s burden. However, the ups and downs of ‘batter 5 Hwang Dae-in’ are significant. The challenge is to prove growth in the upcoming spring camp.