The Samsung Lions’ biggest late-season hit is undoubtedly Kim Sung-yoon (outfielder).
Kim joined Samsung in 2017 after graduating from Pohang University, but until last year, he was just another prospect bouncing between the first and second teams. This year, his growth has been so remarkable that it can be said that he has ‘opened his eyes to baseball’. As of April 4, he has played in 84 games and is batting .303 with 60 hits (177-for-60), two home runs, 22 RBIs, 33 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases.
After batting just 2-for-15 (69-for-79) with seven RBIs, 11 runs scored and six stolen bases in the first half of the season, he has rebounded to bat 4-for-15 (108-for-45) with two home runs, 15 RBIs, 22 runs scored and nine stolen bases in the second half.
Manager Park Jin-man said, “I don’t know what I would have done without Kim Sung-yoon. He opened my eyes to baseball this year. I think he’s stepped up his game. He’s getting good results at the plate and gaining confidence. He’s playing to his strengths and performing well, which has a good effect on the team atmosphere.”
Park Jin-man explained that Kim Sung-yoon’s performance is having a positive impact on the Future Team. “As Kim Sung-yoon performs well, the players on the Future Team will have the idea that ‘if we perform like that, we can get a spot in the first team. Kim Sung-yoon is giving them (the Future Team players) hope. He’s doing a good job of motivating them.”
His best season since his professional debut has led to a significant increase in jersey sales. According to Samsung’s August jersey sales rankings, Kim’s sales have increased significantly. The specific number of units sold was not disclosed, but it was a 100% increase from the previous month.
A representative from the club said, “Kim Sung-yoon is attracting the most attention as he has been performing at his best since his professional debut. In addition to the surge in jersey sales, he is currently the most requested player in the squad for interviews.”메이저사이트
Meanwhile, the top jersey sales in August belonged to leadoff man Kim Hyun-jun (outfielder). Koo Ja-rook (outfielder), who took over the captaincy from Oh Jae-il, was second, and Lee Jae-hyun, who plays the main shortstop, was third. Looking at the cumulative total through August, Lee Jae-hyun’s jersey sold the most, followed by Koo Ja-rook in second place and Kim Hyun-jun in third.