Hanwha rookie infielder Moon Hyun-bin (19) also received a passing grade in the center fielder test. She plays well at second base, shortstop and center field. A 19-year-old rookie who doesn’t know where he will go is on the verge of shaking the entire Hanwha field team.
Moon Hyun-bin started as the second hitter center fielder in an exhibition game against KT in the 2023 KBO League held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 16th. He was the first center fielder in an exhibition game after the match against Samsung on the 8th, the last game of the spring camp in Okinawa, Japan. 메이저놀이터
Even though it is not the main position, Moon Hyun-bin, who practiced defense in the outfield during camp, showed quicker adaptability than expected. Director Carlos Subero said, “We are giving Moon Hyun-bin a chance to survive. Jung Eun-won is also doing well at second base, so I am thinking about how to use Moon Hyun-bin. Shortstop is not unfamiliar to me because I experienced it in high school, and I am good at defending center field. He also catches left and right mid-balls well,” he said.
As evaluated by Subero, Moon Hyun-bin showed a sense of stability that day as if he were a professional center fielder. In the 2nd inning, Shin Bong-gi and Jo Yong-ho’s fly ball out in the 3rd and 4th innings, Moon Hyun-bin quickly chased and caught Kim Jun-tae’s large batted ball heading to the front of the right-middle fence in the 5th inning.
It was a difficult ball that went over his head, but Moon Hyun-bin caught it without taking his eyes off the ball until the end. Daejeon’s home crowd applauded. After the catch, he connected a strong throw to first base, making runner Oh Yoon-seok nervous.
In the at-bat, Moon Hyun-bin hit the second fastball from KT foreign pitcher Bo Shul-seo from the first at-bat in the first inning and hit a double that landed to the right of the center fielder. The first long shot in the demonstration game. Although it was out in the 3rd inning, Schulser’s first pitch was connected with a sharp line drive to the center fielder. He sends powerful batting balls regardless of his pitch type and course, and shows his excellent bat control, which was recognized in his high school days, even in the pros.
Although the main position is second baseman Moon Hyun-bin, it is difficult to get much playing time right now with Jeong Eun-won as the starting pitcher. Accordingly, coach Subero is conducting various tests by using Moon Hyun-bin not only as a shortstop but also as a center fielder. He seems willing to use it as a first-team power somehow. He hasn’t played many games yet, but he’s good wherever he goes. He is accelerating Hanwha’s internal competition by making the infield as well as the outfield tense.
After the game, Moon Hyun-bin said, “It is a good opportunity to be able to play in any seat. He is doing his best not to miss the opportunity somehow,” he said. He always has a regretful heart and doesn’t want to be satisfied. My goal is to do my best every moment without getting hurt.”