The KIA Tigers, a professional baseball team, successfully advanced to fall baseball for the first time in four years with a major team renovation last year, firing a flare to rebuild their reputation.
This year, foreign pitchers who have been upgraded to the existing lineup and newcomers and prospects full of potential will challenge for the championship.
Reporter Kim Jae-hyun assists.
Exciting advancement to fall baseball after 4 years and disappointing elimination in the wild card match.
The 2022 season of Kia Tigers is evaluated as half a success, but it was a year that left a bigger regret for the fans.
Starting from the 1st of next month, KIA, which is preparing for the season in earnest in Arizona, USA, is aiming for a leap to the championship this season.
The departure due to the transfer of main catcher Park Dong-won is a regrettable part, but it is evaluated that better results than last year can be expected with the current lineup if organizational power and structure are reinforced. 스포츠토토
The splendid offensive lineup, which ranked first in the team batting average last year, is expected to show its power again this year.
The keystone combination of Park Chan-ho and Kim Sun-bin is still alive, and the center batting line leading to Na Seong-beom, Socrates, and Choi Hyeong-woo is the best in the league.
Outfielder Kim Seok-hwan, who is expected to be the all-around infield backup resource Kim Kyu-seong and the second Lee Seung-yeop, has been active in the Australian league Geelong Korea since last season, raising fans’ expectations.
There are many prospects that the mound will be upgraded more than last year.
Yang Hyeon-jong and Lee Eui-ri have established themselves as the best left-handed one-two punchers in Korea, and all two foreign pitchers who suffered injuries and departures last year were replaced with new faces.
Sean Adderson and Adonis Medina, newly recruited by KIA, are both orthodox right-handed pitchers who mainly use fastballs of over 150 km/h, adding diversity to KIA’s starting lineup, which was dominated by lefties.
Super high school level pitcher Yoon Young-chul, who joined as a rookie, is also called the ‘second Ryu Hyun-jin’ and is expected to have a sense of power immediately.
▶ Sink: Yoon Young-cheol / KIA Tigers
– “Once I get to play in the first team, I want to win the Rookie of the Year award, and I want to settle down in the first team as soon as possible so that I can show more of myself to the fans.”
In addition, left-hander Kim Ki-hoon, who showed off his perfect pitch after being discharged from the management last year, outfielder Choi Won-joon, who is about to be discharged this year, and Kim Do-young, who showed potential in the first team last year, are expected to further strengthen KIA’s power through fierce competition this season. .
With the start of full-fledged season preparation, fans’ interest and expectations are growing as to whether the KIA Tigers will be able to win the championship for the first time in six years.