It is the end of the competition.
The move of the KIA Tigers in the ‘final mock exam’ is enough to attract attention. The transfer of the main catcher, the departure of Pil Seung-jo from injury, and the still empty outfield spot, we have to find answers to the parts that we have been thinking about all winter.
Through the spring camp in the US and the practice game in Japan, the outline was established to some extent. Han Seung-taek (29) plays the role of the main catcher, and Joo Hyo-sang (26) is expected to form a home-room composition. Lee Chang-jin (32), who played an active role as the de facto main left fielder last year, is highly likely to start the upcoming season as well. With Jang Hyeon-sik (29) leaving due to injury, it is expected that ‘left-handed specialist’ Lee Jun-young (31) and transfer student Kim Dae-yu (32) will share roles in the vacant Pil Seung-joo. In the 5th selection competition, veteran Lim Ki-young (30) has a strong advantage over left-hander Kim Ki-hoon (23) and rookie Yoon Young-chul (19) in terms of stability. Ryu Ji-hyeok (29) and Hwang Dae-in (27) are mentioned as corner infielders.
There is a question mark whether this composition will continue until the opening entry.
The exhibition game can literally be called the final inspection stage before the start of the regular season. Even if you received a high evaluation during the previous training period, if you fall below expectations in the last real battle, your position will naturally become unstable. If it matches the intention of the bench to evaluate and make the most of the players who have been tempered throughout the winter, the competitive landscape can fluctuate at any time.
It is pointed out that Hyo-sang Joo is insecure in terms of experience and sense of security compared to Seung-taek Han. However, if he uses the batting and defensive talent he showed during his Kiwoom Heroes days, he can definitely threaten Han Seung-taek’s position.스포츠토토 Expectations are high for Kim Seok-hwan (24), who competed with Lee Chang-jin as a left fielder, as he showed great improvement in his starting pitching and driving power during the last camp. Also, Kim Ki-hoon and Yoon Young-chul, who will stand on the verification table in the demonstration game, can always act as substitutes if Lim Ki-young is shaken. As for the corner infield, Kim Do-yeong (20), who showed remarkable growth by steadily tempering during the camp, and Byun Woo-hyuk (23), a new face who boasted long hitting power, are the last-minute variables.
Even last year, the first year of his inauguration, coach Kim Jong-guk made the opening entry while experimenting with various combinations until the last moment of the demonstration game. There were achievements at the time, but also trial and error. This year, entering the second year, it seems that the focus will be on covering the boulder through more thorough verification in the demonstration game. KIA’s last puzzle match can’t let go of the string of tension until the end.