SSG Landers removed veteran infielder Choi Joo-hwan from the protected list ahead of last month’s second round draft.
It was a “rebuilding” move. When Choi was released, it was expected that another team would snatch him up immediately. However, from a long-term perspective, we decided that we needed to replace the infield generation. For SSG, it was quite a burden to let go of a player they paid a lot of money for as a free agent before the end of his four-year contract, but they made a ‘cool’ decision. As a senior player in his late 30s, they explained the situation in advance. As expected, the move was finalized when the Kiwoom Heroes selected Choi Joo-hwan with the first overall pick in the second round of the draft.
The team’s intention to actively recruit and develop younger players is palpable, but there is an immediate void. Long-hitting is a concern. SSG has consistently been a ‘home run team’. They’ve broken the team home run record multiple times in the past, and were the top team in home runs for three consecutive seasons from 2021 to 2023.
Choi Joo-hwan was a player who hit close to 20 home runs in each of his three seasons with SSG, even though his batting stats were disappointing. 카지노사이트넷 There were ‘one-hit wonders’. He hit 18 homers in 2021 and 9 in 2022 before being sidelined by injury, but this year he hit 20 again.
Without Choi, there is an immediate gap of nearly 20 home runs.
That’s something to think about. Their home ballpark, Landers Field, is a hitter-friendly ballpark that produces a lot of home runs. If SSG can’t defend with the number of home runs they hit, they’ll be conscious of the reverse: more home runs will be hit against them.
Guillermo Heredia, who is seeking re-signing, isn’t the type of player to hit a lot of long balls. Heredia, who finished fifth in the league in batting average this season, hit .461 with 12 home runs and 76 RBIs. He hits a lot of singles and doubles, and his .385 on-base percentage makes him a good “eye ball” hitter. However, he doesn’t hit many home runs.
While there are other mid-to-long range outfield prospects in the second team, it’s hard to see him getting much of a spot in the first team outfield, depending on the roster. Ha Jae-hoon, who hit .300 in his second season as a hitter, is another player who can hit home runs, but don’t get your hopes up too high just yet.
Among the infielders, there is Jeon Eui-san, who is the most prominent big bat prospect.
After hitting 13 home runs in the first team last year, Jeon struggled this season and had a long slump, appearing in only 56 games and hitting only four home runs. He thought it was his time to step up, but it didn’t happen.
He decided to join the military after the season, but at the last minute, the club convinced him to stay and play another season. He also agreed to play one more season with new coach Lee Sung-yong before discussing the military issue again.
In the end, Choi Joo-hwan’s absence must be filled by younger prospects in their 20s, 온라인카지노사이 including Jeon Eui-san. Only then can we have the generational change that the club hopes and designs for, a new Landers.