While the list of candidates to participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games was confirmed, there was a catcher highly praised by LG Twins coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop. It was Kim Ki-yeon (26), who is active as the second catcher behind Park Dong-won in the team.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and the Korea Baseball Softball Association confirmed and announced the preliminary list for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games on the 28th.
The preliminary list includes 180 pros (86 pitchers, 19 catchers, 47 infielders, 28 outfielders) and amateurs, including 147 players (17 newcomers) and 33 wild cards under the age of 25 or less than 4 years old. A total of 198 players were selected, including 18 players (10 pitchers).
It was a preliminary list that clearly showed the will to change generations. The names of key players such as Kim Gwang-hyun, Yang Hyeon-jong, Yang Eui-ji, and Kim Hyun-soo, who have represented Korean baseball, have been omitted.
KBO said, “The national team is changing generations and achieving achievements at the same time so that young players with excellent skills can achieve greater growth through international competition experience and achievements, and based on this, to show fans a higher level of performance in the KBO League and future international competitions. The selection principle of forming a team that can achieve this was considered as the top priority.”
“The Power Reinforcement Committee selected players who did not fall under the grounds for disqualification as national team players based on their performance in the recent season. Amateur players were also included in this list based on the recommendation of the Korea Baseball Softball Association. Wild Card, based on his league experience, has been composed of players who can lead young players as the leader of the future national team and compensate for weak positions,” he added.
Coach Yeom said ahead of the home game against the KIA Tigers at Jamsil Stadium on the 28th, “I think 3 people from our team will be selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
It is no exaggeration to say that LG has a national team of pitchers. Even in the preliminary list announced this time, the number of pitchers, including Sangmu, reached the highest of 11 out of 11 teams (2 lefties, 9 righties). However, the command tower wished for an even boarding, not biased towards the pitcher.
Director Yeom said, “(Park) Myeong-geun, (Go) Woo-seok, (Lee) Jeong-yong, and (Jeong) Woo-young would also want to take them.” could be,” he said. Ko Woo-seok and Jung Woo-young have already played an active role as national representatives in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
In the case of LG, 4 infielders, 1 outfielder and 1 catcher each were included, but the name that director Yeom paid attention to was catcher Kim Ki-yeon. Director Yeom said, “Unexpectedly, Ki-yeon can be selected,” and “(the national team) doesn’t seem to have any catcher resources.
Kim Ki-yeon, who graduated from Gwangju Suchang Elementary School – Jinheung Middle School – Jinheung High School, was nominated by LG in the 34th place in the 2nd 4th round in 2016 and joined in 2017. He debuted on the first team stage in 2018 and played 2 games, and last season, he marked a batting average of 0.222 and 1 RBI in 12 games. And this season, along with main catcher Park Dong-won, he is in charge of LG’s home as a backup catcher. In nine games, he is batting .154 (2-for-13) with 2 RBI, 1 stolen base, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.안전놀이터
Manager Yeom praised him, saying, “Especially, the blocking and throwing side has risen to the point where I can send it to the game without any burden. Both offense and defense are good.”
On the other hand, the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games final entry 24 players under the age of 25 or under the age of 4 years and 3 wild cards with no age and annual membership restrictions (maximum 1 per club), including 1 to 3 players per club. As a matter of principle, selection The final selection and approval by the Korea Baseball Softball Association’s Performance Improvement Committee will be finalized in June. The final selected national team players will be convened in September, train in Korea, and then depart for Hangzhou, China, where they will compete from October 1 to 7.