Lotte Giants catcher Jeong Bo-geun’s bat shows no sign of cooling down. He is adding great strength to the team challenging the fall baseball by sending sharp hits with a confident swing.
As of the 21st, Jung Bo-geun is recording a batting average of 0.426 (26 hits in 61 bats), 1 home run, 13 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.121 in 43 games this season. Despite limited opportunities to play in the first half, he had a batting average of 0.280 (7 hits in 25 at-bats) and 4 RBIs with an OPS of 0.739 in 26 games, and his sense of hitting reached its peak in the second half.메이저사이트
After the start of the second half, Jung Bo-geun is flying with a batting average of 0.528 (19 hits in 36 bats), 1 home run, 9 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.378 in 17 games. Although he does not have many specimens, it is not an exaggeration to say that he is showing off the best condition among Lotte batters recently.
Among the Lotte hitters in August, Lee Jung-hoon, Ahn Chi-hong (21 hits) and Nico Gudrum (19 hits) were the only players with more hits than Jeong Bo-geun. Considering that Jung Bo-geun is wearing the starting catcher mask alternately with Yoo Gang-nam, who recently recovered from an injury, Jeong Bo-geun’s performance is more prominent.
From 2019, when he first stepped on the stage of the first team, to last year, Jeong Bo-geun was steadily used with excellent defense. Although he was born in 1999, he was a catcher with many advantages, including a stable catch, blocking, and a lead that made pitchers comfortable.
However, his attack power was Jung Bo-geun’s biggest weakness. Until last year, in 206 games with the first team, he had a batting average of 0.175 (67 hits in 382 at-bats), 1 home run, 21 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.434, which was difficult to jump to the starting lineup.
For this reason, Lotte opened its wallet to strengthen the catcher position ahead of this season. They made a bet on signing Yoo Kang-nam as a free agent (FA) for a total of 8 billion won over 4 years. Naturally, at the beginning of the 2023 season, Jeong Bo-geun’s weight in the team was bound to decrease.
However, Jeong Bo-geun created a twist on his own. His batting quality has improved noticeably, and his ball rolling has also improved. Recently, whenever Jeong Bo-geun steps into the plate, the ground is filled with cheers from Lotte fans expecting a good shot.
In the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes game on the 20th, where Lotte lost 6-7, Jung Bo-geun also shone alone. He left a strong impression by harassing the Kiwoom mound with 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run in 4 at-bats.
Jeong Bo-geun said, “Since last year’s finish camp, I’ve been trying to find a form that I can play most comfortably, and this season has led to good results.” ” he said shyly.
He is also engraving once again the advice given to him by Dae-ho Lee, who he played with on active duty until last year. Lee Dae-ho emphasized that Jung Bo-geun has the ability to become a good hitter and asked him to be confident.
Jung Bo-geun explained, “I usually ask senior Lee Dae-ho a lot (about batting) and have many conversations.”
He also said, “Last year, there were many things that touched me after hearing what my seniors said, but on the contrary, I had a lot of thoughts and I couldn’t establish myself mentally.” added.