“There is no fear of striking out”.
Let’s look at the 2022 season of KIA Tigers infielder Hwang Dae-in (26). He appeared in 129 games and had 524 plate appearances. He had 122 hits. Of those, 14 home runs and 27 doubles. He had 91 RBI and 40 runs scored. He posted an OPS of .716 and a batting average of .29 6 in scoring position. He struck out 92 and walked only 36.
He set a career high in the 2022 season in all batting categories. Having over 90 RBI means that he has the ability to hit the clutch. Na Seong-beom, Choi Hyung-woo, and Socrates, who had high on-base rates, created many opportunities in front. His first 100 RBIs in his debut were possible if he exceeded 30% of his scoring range.
Still, it is regrettable that the OPS did not exceed 0.8. His on-base percentage was just 3 1/5. About 20 home runs were expected, but they were not achieved. Nevertheless, it is meaningful in that he played as a full-time starting player 8 years after his debut. It is not Hwang Dae-in, who had few opportunities for the first team because he was caught up in minor injuries and had no vacancies.
His first full-time experience this year could be a springboard for next year’s season. So, I am curious about Hwang Dae-in’s performance in the 2023 season. He can use this year as a stepping stone to make another meaningful leap or go back to the old days. However, he has developed routines while working full-time, and if the experience of the past two years is added, expectations are high that he will achieve better results than this year.
In an interview at the finishing camp, Hwang Dae-in set an OPS of 0.8 or higher as his goal for next season. As he played through the season, he realized the importance of getting on base. And he set a goal for a push-off home run as well. That he did not hit a single home run. This year, he showed confidence as his ability to push into the middle right improved. Overall, he said, he would increase hits, home runs, and on-base.
He showed his determination not to be afraid of strikeouts. He said, “I don’t get more than 100 strikeouts. If I’m afraid of strikeouts, I won’t get good hits. I’ve been told not to strike out since I was a kid. I think so,” he protested. He will take his swing without fear.
Hwang Dae-in has a variable. Hanwha recruited prospect Woohyuk Byun in a trade. It is planned to be used as third base and first baseman. I just can’t help but worry about it Coaches say that the best way to improve a player’s performance is to have a competitor attached. I am curious about the 2023 season of Hwang Dae-in, who is challenging his career high again. 토토