Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop plan to foster the home run king in exhibition games, raise him like Kim Ha-sung.
Song Chan-ui, the rising star of LG Twins’ batters, was expected to become the No. 1 home run (6 home runs) in the exhibition game last year. In the regular season, it was more disappointing. In 33 games, he batted .236 (17 hits in 72 at-bats), three home runs, 10 RBIs, and eight runs scored. While playing for Geelong Korea in the Australian professional baseball league, he raised his confidence by hitting .324 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs with an OPS of 0.979.
Looking back on last year, he said, “Unknowingly, I think I was in a hurry because I didn’t get the results at bat. I think the fact that he rushed aggressively and failed to wait for the ball had an impact. “While playing for Geelong Korea, I tried to find myself playing leisurely at-bat,” he explained.
As such, the possibility was recognized in the attack, but the defense still has a lot to supplement. He played as a multiplayer for Geelong Korea, playing outfielder, first baseman, and second baseman. He is likely to play first and second base this season.
Song Chan-ui made a mistake in two consecutive exhibition games against Samsung on the 15th and 16th. It is often said that bats are born with it, but defense can be improved through training. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop planned how to foster Song Chan-ui. He said he will raise him like Kim Ha-sung (San Diego Padres) when he was the head coach of Nexen.
Kim Ha-sung, who joined Nexen in 2014 after graduating from Yatap High School, gained experience as a major player or substitute in the first division in his first year of his debut. In order to raise Kim Ha-sung as a starting shortstop, Yeom Kyung-yeop held the Fengo bat himself and trained him for defense before the team’s
Kim Ha-sung, who received intensive guidance from head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop for a year, stood tall as Nexen’s starting shortstop the following year. He played in 140 games, batting .29 percent (148 hits in 511 at-bats), 19 home runs, 73 RBIs, 89 runs scored, and 22 steals, showing a significant change in a year. Since then, Kim Ha-sung has stood tall as a shortstop representing the KBO League and succeeded in advancing to the dream stage. This is the result of the development plan carefully prepared by head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop.
Regarding Song Chan-ui, head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “The defense has to be a lot more. Since he is not a starting member at the start of the season, he needs to increase the amount of training. I’m going to come out an hour earlier and train him in defense. “I’m going out later anyway, so it doesn’t matter if I’m tired,” he said with a smile. This means that there is no physical problem even if you give them intensive training because they are often substituted than starting games.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop explained that it is much more effective to stay in the first division and increase personal training time than to play in the Futures game.
“When I’m in Futures, I have to keep playing, but I’m tired and can’t train. Song Chan-ui said, “It is better to train more defense in the first division and play as a pinch hitter than Futures.” Citing Kim Ha-sung’s case, head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “Kim Ha-sung also played a huge amount of training,” expressing Song Chan’s intention to raise him as well.