“Catcher is much more attractive than first base. He’s a player who will wear the first base mask one day.”

“Catcher is much more attractive than first base. He’s a player who will wear the first base mask one day.”

LG Twins manager Cha Myung-seok’s hopes are high, at least in terms of hitting.

He’s the latest in a long line of Gyeongnam-go big hitters, following in the footsteps of Han Dong-hee, Noh Si-hwan, and Jeon Jeon-san.

He is not tall at 1m78, but his natural wrist strength and power have earned him praise as the right-handed version of Kang Baek-ho. They share a similar body type, and they both have soft hands, quick feet, and good athleticism for their size.

He hit 10 home runs last year as a junior at Gyeongnam High School. It was his first double-digit home run season since switching to a wooden bat in high school baseball. That’s why Cha Myung-seok said, “We expect the proper name Kim Bum-seok to become synonymous with Korean baseball” when he was drafted.

He was initially considered a favorite to go to Lotte

But the team instead chose Whimungo’s Kim Min-seok. In his first year as a full-time outfielder, 먹튀검증 Kim had the upper hand, batting .255 with 102 hits in 400 at-bats, three home runs, 39 RBIs, and a .652 OPS. But the real competition is just beginning.

Due to a rotator cuff injury in his shoulder, which he has been dealing with since high school, there was a possibility that he would switch to first base in the pros, just like his high school teammate Jeon Eui-san. However, the LG organization has focused on Kim’s potential as a catcher and has repeatedly pledged to develop him for the long term.

In the recent second round of the draft, LG gave up military catcher Kim Ki-yeon, and in the rookie draft, the team only selected Bae Kang in the seventh round. Aside from Park Dong-won and veteran Heo Do-hwan, the players who will wear the catcher’s mask are Jeon Jun-ho on defense and Kim Bum-seok on offense.

Even after the second round of the draft, Cha said, “He’s much more attractive as a catcher than a first baseman. He’s a player who will wear the captain’s mask someday. Even from next year, I want Kim Bum-seok to help out on Park Dong-won’s days off.”

With six home runs in the Futures League, Kim has proven that he can hit for power in the professional stage.

On October 5, he made his first team debut at first base against Busan Lotte.

He had a stable delivery, but his throwing was unstable, but he got his first hit on October 7 against Gochuk Kiwoom. On October 9, he hit his first home run against Jamsil Lotte.

Against Cheongbaeik, he gained the trust of the coaching staff and was included in the Korean Series roster as the third catcher. He came in as a pinch hitter in the fourth game and got a hit, giving him the rare honor of making his fall baseball debut and winning his high school debut season.

In his rookie season, he also earned the Taegeuk mark. He was selected to the Korean National Baseball Team for the Asian Baseball Confederation Championships, led by head coach Shin Jung-myung. The team fell short of reaching the finals, but Kim shined.

The Korean national team lost 2-5 to Japan in the Super Round of the Asian Baseball Confederation Championship at the Taipei Dome in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday (Sept. 9), sending them to the third-place game against the Philippines.

However, No. 4 hitter Kim Bum-seok showed off his long bat with a solo shot and a double off the fence. 안전놀이터 It was the first arch in eight games at the Taipei Dome, which opened three days ago.

He proved that he has a lot of potential. Now it’s just a matter of showing it in the professional stage. We look forward to seeing how Kim Bum-seok, a catcher, will perform next season.


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