If Doyoung Kim returns, Jihyeok Ryu will return to first base… KIA Conundrum, WAR -0.20 What to do?
Based on the baseball statistics site Statties, it means first baseman’s WAR this season. Behind KIA, Samsung with -0.23 and Kiwoom with -0.43 are all. To put it simply, the sluggishness of Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk is decisive for the decline in productivity of KIA first basemen this year.
In 27 games this season,안전놀이터 Hwang Dae-in has a batting average of 0.211, 2 homers, 13 RBIs, 8 runs, an OPS of 0.581 and a scoring average of 0.300. Byun Woo-hyuk had a batting average of 0.169, 3 homers, 11 RBIs, 6 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.568 in 23 games this season. The two most often wear a first baseman’s mitt at KIA.
It is the 2023 season that will not solve both. If you only play full-time, Hwang Dae-in is in his second year and Byeon Woo-hyuk is in his first year. However, it does not mean that the other party will look after you because your age is low. A month and a half has passed since the opening, but there is no explosive section. Rather, both of them are not bad at first base, but they do not stand out from the bat.
Initially, we expected Hwang Dae-in to be fixed at 1st base and Byeon Woo-hyuk to be fixed at 3rd base and even generate synergy, but neither of them is a clear starter. As this happens, attention is also focused on the plans B to C that director Kim Jong-kook can take. First of all, there is no immediate plan to raise a first baseman from the 2nd team and assign it to the 1st team.
There is a left fielder and first baseman named Kim Seok-hwan in the second team. However, he is rehabbing from a hamstring injury. Head coach Kim Jong-guk said that even if he returned to the second team ahead of the game against Doosan in Jamsil on the 13th, he would have to fight again. Other than Kim Seok-hwan, there is no hitter who can rise to the first team.
Rather, realistic plans B to C are Ryu Ji-hyeok’s first base placement. Certainly not ideal on an ultimate level. In any case, KIA must save Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk unconditionally, and go together as the center hitters of the future. However, it is possible as a short-term trick.
If Doyoung Kim, who is in instep rehabilitation, returns, he will eventually have to go to third base. If so, a change in the role of Ryu Ji-hyeok, who has been in charge of leadoff and third base with a high batting average in the mid-30s this season, is inevitable. In the end, if Kim Do-young returns at the end of the first half or the second half, there is a possibility that Ryu Ji-hyeok will move to first base. If Ryu Ji-hyeok plays well throughout the season, it is difficult to bring him to the bench. Ryu Ji-hyeok, who can play all infield positions, was also appointed as a first base platoon with Hwang Dae-in during his previous manager’s days.
Again, ideally, one of Hwang Dae-in and Byeon Woo-hyeok would grow up to be a full-time geopo first baseman. At this point, as they alternately play first base (Ryu Ji-hyeok and Choi Hyung-woo are very active, Byun Woo-hyuk and Hwang Dae-in are 1st base, and designated hitter coexistence with 1st base is virtually impossible). For director Kim Jong-guk, the biggest challenge is the utilization of Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk. In the long run, one of the two would be in charge of the designated hitter, and the picture of coexistence would be the most ideal.