Samsung, which finished eighth in last year’s final ranking, focused on strengthening its mound in the off-season. It recruited FA pitchers Kim Jae-yoon and Lim Chang-min to strengthen its pitching capabilities, and drafted Choi Sung-hoon and Yang Hyun through the second draft. It also recruited Oh Seung-hwan and Kim Dae-woo, who were the targets of internal FA, to remain in the team. There are now more diverse cards that can be taken off the bench.
The mound has been reinforced to some extent, but there has been no external transfusion in terms of offense. Jeon was the only one who nominated him in the second draft. On the need to reinforce offense power, General Manager Lee Jong-yeol said, “What is it to say? As you know, we cannot strengthen our power from outside.” He has no choice but to make the most of his internal resources to raise his capability. The roles of Oh Jae-il and Kim Ji-chan, who are considered players to have to be a role to play, are more important.
They received disappointing report cards last year. Oh Jae-il, who displayed his instinct as a troubleshooter by hitting more than 20 home runs in 2021 and 2022 for the second consecutive year, played 106 games last year with a batting average of .233 (64 hits in 315 at-bats) with 11 homers, 54 RBIs and 31 runs. Injuries are also injuries, but he is far from a reputation he has displayed so far.
Kim Ji-chan had a batting average of 292 (85 hits in 291 at-bats) with one homer, 18 RBIs, 59 runs and 13 steals in 99 games last year. He was also called up to the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, but he failed to display his skills due to injury.
All of them have distinct advantages and occupy a large portion of both offense and defense. Oh Jae-il is one of the few sluggers in Samsung, which is thirsty for long shots. Oh Jae-il’s defensive ability at first base is the best in the league. His defensive ability is unmatched enough to give stability to the entire infield.
Kim Ji-chan offers diverse scoring routes through witty running plays and strategy baseball. Although he revealed his disappointment in defense last year, he is improving his performance as he is receiving intensive guidance from defense coach Sohn Joo-in. 월카지노도메인
This season is very important to Oh. He is preparing with great determination to enter the final year of his four-year contract. He has transformed himself into a sleeker body after conducting intense training at a fitness center in Daegu’s Suseong District, where he met his best friend Lee Won-seok (Kium). He signs for work at Daegu Samsung Lions Park every day and carries out technical training sessions.
Kim Ji-chan is also preparing for the upcoming season by going back and forth between the sports center and Daegu Samsung Lions Park. Not only does he constantly carry out individual training, but he also puts a lot of effort into donating his talent. He also teaches batters at Kyungpook High School who are caught off guard by others. “Kim Ji-chan gave an easy explanation to match the level of view of high school players. I am so thankful that I came to school with Won Tae-in and helped the players a lot,” said Lee Jun-ho, manager of Kyungpook High School.