Tuesday Mar 21, 2023

‘Built-in’ No. 1 hitter → batting average 0.417 Kim Do-young, ‘the second Lee Jong-beom’ shows true value

KIA Tigers Kim Do-young is expected to show his true value as the ‘second Lee Jong-beom’ this season.

Kim Do-young played shortstop as the first hitter in a practice match against the Samsung Lions held at Baseball Stadium in Kin Town, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on the 5th, and made a big success by recording 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 stolen base, and 3 runs.

He scored a hit from his first at-bat in the first inning of the game that day, followed by stealing second base, giving KIA the lead.

He also reached base with a hit to left as the leadoff batter in his second at-bat in the bottom of the third inning, and walked out in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Kim Do-young wore the KIA uniform as the first nomination for the 2022 rookie draft.

Last season, he had 53 hits, 3 home runs, and 13 stolen bases in 103 games, a batting average of 0.237 and an OPS of 0.674.

However, his season this year is different. He appeared as the number one hitter in every game at the Okinawa camp, posting a batting average of 0.417 (5 hits in 12 at-bats) in three practice games.

In addition, Kim Do-young, who mainly played as a third baseman last year, has been showing more stable defensive power as he has always been a shortstop at camp. 메이저놀이터

Kim Do-young was evaluated as a player with batting, defense, and running sense during his time at Dongseong High School in Gwangju, and started to be expected as the second Lee Jong-beom.

Attention is focusing on whether Kim Do-young will be able to show a good appearance in the regular race this season following his performance at the camp.

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