Second-year infielder Kim Do-young of the Kia Tigers showed off his fierce hitting skills during batting practice, but was scolded by his coach.
The second game of the three-game weekend series between KIA and Hanwha will be held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 26th. Before the game, the KIA players practiced on the field. After completing defensive training, Kia’s Kim Do-young took live batting practice in the batting cage with coach Lee Bum-ho.
As she spun her bat furiously, Kim broke her bat during the batting practice. He pulled the ball hard, but the bat snapped in two.
Kim smiled shyly. Coach Cho Jae-young handed him a new bat and playfully scolded him to buy a new bat to replace the broken one.
Kim Do-young also smiled and bowed his head apologizing for his sin(?).
Kim went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored against Hanwha on the 25th. In the fifth inning, a well-hit ball was caught by the center fielder. After struggling in the month of August, Kim has recently found the center of the bat again.
Kim entered the professional ranks with high expectations, earning the nickname “Super Rookie,” but the bar was set high. In his rookie season last year, Kim didn’t quite live up to the hype, hitting .224 with 53 doubles, three home runs, and a 2-for-37 record.
He entered his second year as an incisional pro, but was sidelined with a toe injury in the first two days of the season. After returning from the injury on June 23, Kim spun the bat like a madman until July. In the first half of the season, he hit 3-for-5 with a 3-for-8 slugging percentage.메이저사이트
However, his bat cooled off again in August. In the month of August, he hit just 2-for-20 in 77 at-bats.
Kim Do-young will face off against rival Hanwha Moon Dong-ju again on the 27th.
Kim and Moon met once before in Gwangju on June 6, when Moon held Kim to one hit and one walk in three at-bats.
What will happen in their second meeting this year? Kim Do-young’s bat has been coming alive as of late.