Kim Hye-seong (24, Kiwoom Heroes) scored 39 hits in 29 games played until last week. SSG Landers foreign player Guillermo Heredia (44) ranked second in the league. 1 among domestic hitters. His batting average (0.336) is also at the top (9th).
Kiwoom’s offensive power was lower than last season (2022). The leading hitter, Lee Jung-hoo, has a batting average of 0.221 and is not showing his skills. Free agent transfer student Lee Hyeong-jong and veteran Lee Yong-gyu are also less sensitive to hitting.
Among the batters who filled the required at-bats, only two players recorded a batting average of more than 30%, Kim Hye-seong and Edison Russell. If Russell showed clutch ability that exceeded 50% (0.545) in scoring range, Kim Hye-sung opened up scoring opportunities with an on-base percentage of 0.400. As of the 8th, it recorded 23 points, and this category is also ranked second.
Kim Hye-seong recorded a slugging percentage of 0.380 in 6 seasons (2017-2022). Her all season is 0.440. He has only one home run, but has seven doubles.스포츠토토
Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki arranged his batting order from 3rd to 1st to give Lee Jung-hoo, who has a bad hitting feeling, more at-bats. It was a change that was possible because Kim Hye-seong, who has improved his ability to produce long hits, was able to be placed at No. 3.
Kim Hye-seong is showing off her quick feet without regret. He attempted stealing 11 times this season, all of which were successful. He contributed to the team scoring with his effective run. He is maintaining the top spot in this category, beating the second-place players who recorded 7, including Su-bin Su (Doosan Bears), Min-woo Park (NC Dinos), and Min-jae Shin (LG Twins). Kim Hye-sung has been ranked in the top 3 in the stolen base category for the last 3 seasons (2020-2022) in a row.
Kim Hye-seong won the Golden Glove for shortstop in the 2021 season and second baseman in the 2022 season. He was named the first player in KBO League history to win these two positions.
He was recognized as the league’s representative infielder, but in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March last year, he was pushed back by major leaguer Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) and was only a backup. He wielded a good sense of hitting during training and evaluation matches in the United States (Tucson, Arizona), but in the tournament, he only played 3 at-bats.
Kim Hye-seong joined his team immediately after completing the tournament schedule and participated in the demonstration game without a break. He said calmly, “I have to save because I lack the sense of practice.”
Kim Hye-sung predicted an active performance by recording 6 hits in 10 at-bats in the opening two consecutive matches held on the 1st and 2nd of last month against the Hanwha Eagles. It was as if he was venting his anger at being on the bench at the WBC.
As of the 8th, Kiwoom recorded 13 wins and 17 losses and is in 8th place in the league. However, after Lee Jung-hoo started as the first batter, he was recovering his sense of hitting, and in the match against SSG on the 8th, Lee Hyung-jong, who was once excluded from the starting lineup, came back to life with 3 hits. Kim Hye-seong maintains the current hitting feeling, and the condition of the existing key players returns to normal, and Kiwoom’s scoring ability is expected to improve.