12G consecutive hits + home runs No. 4 Kim Do-young’s scary third-year season

In a game against the NC Dinos in the “2024 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 22nd, Kim Do-young started as the third baseman and recorded two hits, one homer, one RBI, two runs scored, one walk and one stolen base from three times at bat. KIA lost 4-15 despite Kim Do-young’s performance.

Kim Do-young, who joined KIA as the first draft pick for the 2022 Rookie of the Year, has been highly anticipated as he has been called the “second Lee Jong-beom.” In the final draft pick, Kia agonized over high school shortstop Kim Do-young and fire bowler Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha), who easily sprays 150 kilometers per hour, and ultimately chose Kim. However, Kim had a disappointing result as he recorded a batting average of 237 percent (three hits from 224 times at bat) with three homers, 19 RBIs, 37 runs and 13 steals, with an OPS of .674 in 103 games during his debut season.

Realizing that she would be able to play in the main league in her debut season, Kim showed her potential last year. She had an impressive season in which she recorded a batting average of .333 ri in 84 games (103 hits in 340 times at bat), seven homers, 47 RBIs, 72 runs scored and 25 steals, and an OPS of .824. It was regrettable that she could not play in many games due to injury.

Kim, who was injured while headfirst sliding to the first base to avoid double play in the final at-bat of the APBC (Asia Professional Baseball Championship) finals against Japan held in November last year, delayed preparation for the season due to his injury that affected his performance until this season. For this reason, he was also absent from the special games of the Seoul Series against the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on April 17 and 18.

However, Kim has shown remarkable performance this season, completely dispelling the disappointment of injury. He has posted a batting average of 3,169 (31 hits in 98 times at bat) with eight homers, 20 RBIs, 20 runs scored and 10 steals, showing off pace that deserves an MVP award. He has had hits in 12 consecutive games in recent months, and is ranking fourth in homers in the league. Currently, only Han Yu-seom (SSG), Mel Rojas Jr. (KT, nine homers) and Choi Jeong (SSG, nine homers) have hit more home runs than Kim.

Kim Do-young was the second batter in 15 of the 24 games this season. He followed in five games as the first batter, three games as the third batter, and one game as the seventh batter. He has shown outstanding batting ability, fast feet, and strong power, and has shown performance that suits any of the first, second, and third batters. In an interview on the 17th, Kim Do-young said, “In the beginning, as I went out a lot as a third batter, I wanted to raise a lot of RBIs. However, coming to second batter, I felt a lot more comfortable. Since he is a second batter with a strong trend these days, he tries to raise an RBI when he needs an RBI as much as possible in the batting order given by his team, and becomes a batter who gets on base when he needs to get on base.”

Manager Lee urged Kim to play the center hitter for Kia in the end. “I think it’s better for (Kim) Do-young to become a player who steals bases by hitting long balls in the third batter’s box rather than the second batter’s box like (Choi) Jeong,” Lee said. “I wouldn’t mind too much whether it’s the second or third batter’s box. Still, there aren’t many players these days who can give more RBIs or homers in the overall team. Growing up as a third batter is even more valuable. Rather than having a player who can do so in the front, it is best for our team to maximize his capability by placing him in the center hitter’s box. That’s why I hope he can hit the third batter’s box in the long run,” he said, looking forward to Kim’s growth.

BY: 메이저사이트

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