In a way, it is a difficult problem that cannot be solved.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk appointed Hwang Dae-in and Byeon Woo-hyuk as first and third basemen, respectively. However, he was only in 2 or 3 games. Although the team has improved their performance since the end of April and are fighting for a mid-ranking position, Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyeok are still struggling to coexist. Even on the day they are included in the lineup, synergy is not visible. Only then can the KIA line produce the best power.
The reason is simple. This is because the two giant guns lack productivity and averages more than expected. Hwang Dae-in had 17 hits in 78 at-bats in 24 games this season with a batting average of 0.218, 2 home runs, 13 RBIs, and 8 runs, OPS of 0.617, and Byun Woo-hyuk had 11 hits in 61 at-bats in 22 games, batting average of 0.180, 3 homers, 11 RBIs, and 6 runs, OPS 0.603.
The defense of the two is not lower than expected. In the case of Hwang Dae-in, there is a sense of stability in the first base defense 메이저놀이터this year compared to last year. Byun Woo-hyeok is not a bad defensive player either. But he can’t really overwhelm with a blow. Ryu Ji-hyeok became the starting third baseman, perfectly filling the gap left by Kim Do-young with a high batting average in the 30% range. Choi Hyeong-woo rejuvenated and grabbed the designated hitter slot tightly.
As this happened, Hwang Dae-in and Byeon Woo-hyuk’s coexistence became more difficult. If Hyung-woo Choi plays left field as he did against SSG in Gwangju on the 11th, Dae-in Hwang and Woo-hyeok Byun can play as first baseman and designated hitter at the same time. However, the invincible Choi Hyeong-woo cannot defend every day. If he hits well like he did this season, it is right that he will continue to play as the designated hitter.
In the end, Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk have no choice but to play alternately for the first baseman at this point. Because of this, it is difficult to fill the number of at-bats steadily, and a vicious circle in which it is difficult to increase the sense of hitting continues. Recently, Byun Woo-hyeok hit a long hit and had a high participation rate, but Hwang Dae-in played a slightly higher role throughout the season.
In any case, if the two players show a good sense of hitting side by side, there is a high possibility that coach Kim Jong-guk will somehow make them play at the same time. Even if it means using Choi Hyeong-woo as a left fielder. It is important to foster big guns, and the picture of two people protecting the center batting line together is ideal from a future-oriented perspective.
So we need to show more in May. From June, if Na Seong-beom, Choi Won-jun, and Kim Do-young enter in turn, the possibility of coexistence between Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyeok is realistically reduced. Kim Do-yeong needs playing time in the infield, and Na Seong-beom and Choi Won-joon are likely to take even Choi Hyung-woo’s designated hitter playing time little by little. This means that there is less room for Byun Woo-hyuk or Hwang Dae-in to go out as designated hitters.
However, at this point, Hwang Dae-in and Byeon Woo-hyuk are not clearly distinguished as starting first baseman and backup first baseman. Because both can’t get out. In any case, it seems that they should have more patience until they show their matured skills. Both are cards that can never be easily given up, no, they are cards that must be saved unconditionally. The coaching staff and people around me are helping me to do better than I am now, and I think I need to have patience.