Kim Tae-gyun’s successor → Lee Beom-ho’s successor? The key point is ‘Healthy first full-time’

The stove league of the KIA Tigers was quiet. After the 2021 season, coach Kim Jong-guk and general manager Jang Jeong-seok took office, and bold investments were made, such as 15 billion won for 6 years with Na Seong-beom and 10.3 billion won for 4 years with Yang Hyeon-jong. However, after the 2022 season, he did not participate in the FA market. So, not a single penny was invested.

Instead, they made two trades. They hired Byun Woo-hyeok (22), a promising Hanwha player, and Joo Hyo-sang (26), a Kiwoom catcher. 바카라사이트 Expectations for the two players are high ahead of the Arizona-Okinawa spring camp. It is because of the belief that it will create a wind of competition. First of all, Joo Hyo-sang is expected to lead the first-team home with Han Seung-taek.

In particular, attention is drawn to Byun Woo-hyuk’s move. 150km Han Seung-hyeok and promising Jang Ji-soo were exchanged for two pitchers. That was the will to grow into a giant infielder. From the successor of Kim Tae-gyun during the Hanwha era, expectations are raised as the successor of Lee Beom-ho at the KIA. Byun Woo-hyuk’s positions are 1st and 3rd base. It is a competitor that worries the existing main players. He foreshadows fierce competition at camp.

First base is held by Hwang Dae-in, who succeeded in his first full-time last year. His batting average was just 2.5 6, but he had 14 home runs and 91 RBI. Based on his experience last year, he is expected to do better this year. At third base, Ryu Ji-hyeok, who entered the first regulation at-bat last year, is holding out. Second-year Kim Do-young, who played full-time in his debut season, is also looking beyond the starting position at third base. 

Byun Woo-hyeok’s performance in the first team is difficult to give a business card. He appeared in 50 games in 2019 and 2022. In 29 games in 2019, he had 6 2/2, 1 home run and 2 RBIs in 61 at-bats. The results of the 2022 season were 21 games, 61 at-bats, and a batting average of 2.6 2. However, he had 3 home runs and 3 doubles out of 16 hits. He has a slugging percentage of 4.5 9s. You can get a glimpse of its unique power.

His performance in Futures, including his business days (2020-2021), is different from the image of Geopo. He posted a 4-year career 2.2-3, 16 homers, 103 runs batted in, slugging percentage of 3.4-7, on-base percentage of 3.7 and a 0.654 OPS. At the same time, his lack of contact skills was exposed. His strikeouts are also just a lot of unfinished standbys. Byun Woo-hyeok still needs time and opportunities. Above all, a healthy full-time is important. 

He was expected to be the first baseman in the 2022 season, but he sat down because of an injury (back) and only played 21 games. He’s a best case scenario if he becomes a starter right away. Even if he doesn’t start as a starter, he’s a great resource as a bench member. He can play first and third base and is a right-handed hitter with one-hit power, which increases his utility. Whether he is a main player or a backup, he needs to digest healthy full-time without injury in the first team to become a stepping stone for growth. This is Byun Woo-hyuk’s first goal.

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