“Combined pitching and hitting → turning catcher → First home run banging!” Kiwoom’s Kim Gun-hee’s unforgettable day

Kim Gun-hee, a catcher of the second year of the Kiwoom Heroes in professional baseball, had an unforgettable day.고수익알바

Kim Geon-hee started as catcher No. 3 in the home game against the Samsung Lions at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 7th. He hit his first home run in his first at-bat in the first inning, showing off his fierce batting performance by making two hits, one RBI and one run from four times at bat. Kiwoom beat Samsung 7-5 and successfully escaped consecutive losses after the game against LG in Jamsil on the 5th.

Taking his first batter’s box with two outs and no runners in the first inning, Kim aimed his second ball (121 km) with Samsung starter Won Tae-in at a ball count of 0B-1S and flew it out of the right fence. The flying distance measured 115 meters.

Kim Gun-hee said, “The batting coach Oh Yoon and the power analysis team told me to aim for the opponent’s starting pitcher’s fastball and slider. The bat went out at the right timing of the fastball, but it hit well, resulting in a big hit. I didn’t mean to push it, but I swung it because I saw the ball, and I got a good result.”

Kim Geon-hee, who joined Kiwoom last year after graduating from Won High School, tried to work as a pitcher and batter. In the first year after his debut, he realized high barriers in the professional league. He played nine games as a batter in the main league last year, recording 11 hits in two times at bat and a batting average of 182. He took the mound three times and posted an earned run average of 22.50.

Rather than as a pitcher, he showed off his talent as a batter. He showed off his sharp bat by posting a batting average of 3,199 (23 hits in 72 times at bat), one homer, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored in the Futures League. In contrast, he has a 7.04 ERA in all three appearances.

Kim has decided to focus on batting instead of pitching and concurrent employment. His position is catcher. “Considering the future of our team, we need to nurture a catcher with good attack power,” manager Hong Won-ki said. Analysts say that although he lacks experience as a catcher, he has strong willpower and dedication from the coaching staff, displaying rapid growth.

[OSEN = Gocheok, Reporter Min Kyung-hoon] A match between the Kiwoom Heroes and the Samsung Lions of the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” was held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the afternoon of the 7th. Kiwoom started Cho Young-gun and Samsung started Won Tae-in. Kiwoom Kim Gun-hee’s tag is strong on Ryu Ji-hyuk’s chin when Ryu Ji-hyuk flies home and is safe during a sacrifice fly to center field by Samsung’s Kang Min-ho with one out in the top of the fifth inning. 2024.06.07 /rumi@osen.co.kr

Kim also blocked Kim Jae-hyuk from stealing a base in the seventh inning of the game. “It bothers me when a runner goes out, but I try to throw without thinking. As I did that, I felt like I caught the runner because of a good throw,” he lowered himself. “I am constantly training with battery coach Park Do-hyun to improve myself. I am always grateful that he taught me well in detail.”

“I feel more excited than tired,” Kim said, as he started to become a catcher instead of pitching and hitting a double job. “I had the idea of a catcher, but I was grateful that the club offered me a (forward) offer first, and I was able to make it more comfortable.” Kim Geon-hee continued, “Kim Dong-woo, the Future team’s battery coach, taught me a lot and practiced a lot, so I think I can play as a catcher in the first division.”

Meanwhile, manager Hong Won-ki said, “The fighting spirit’s scoreless pitching served as a stepping stone to the chase. Kim Geon-hee, who hit his first home run since his debut, and Song Seong-moon, who had four hits, led the attack. The batters’ concentration narrowed the gap. Notably, Kim Tae-jin’s timely hit in the seventh inning elevated the mood, and Won Seong-jun’s thunderous come-from-behind three-run home run sealed the game.”

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