Moon Seong-joo (26), who competed for the ‘off-field batting king’ last year, started to declare war on the main players.
Moon Seong-joo started as the right fielder in the 2023 KBO League demonstration game against Samsung held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 15th, and made a big success with 4 hits in 5 at-bats (1 home run), 2 RBIs and 2 runs.
Last year, Moon Seong-ju made a surprise appearance. He took the opportunity to play due to Hong Chang-ki’s injury and recorded a high batting average until July.
However, as his large and small injuries and physical burden overlapped, he started to decline again. Nevertheless, he took a ‘career high’ with a batting average of 0.303, 99 hits, 6 home runs and 41 RBIs in 106 games last season. He unfortunately missed entering the regulation at-bat, but he showed enough competitiveness.
During this spring camp, he trained with batting coach Ho-Jun Lee and tried to set his batting direction back to normal. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop and coach Lee Ho-jun are players with fast swing speed, so they expect him to be able to show long hitting power.
It seems that the direction is well established. Following the practice game, it flew wildly in the demonstration game as well.
In the first at-bat in an exhibition game against Samsung, he hit second base with a balk after hitting a heavy hit. And when he hit Song Chan-yi’s home run, he stepped on the home run.
In the second at-bat in the second inning, he withdrew with a floating ball to center field, but in the top of the fourth inning, when he was leading 5-7, he pulled out a right-handed hit at second base and scored an RBI.
Moon Seong-ju’s bat never cooled down.메이저놀이터 In the top of the 6th inning, trailing 6-9, he hit a timely hit with one out and 1st and 2nd base. This is the moment when he completed multiple RBIs with 3 hits.
And the last at-bat was the finish line. At the beginning of the 8th inning, which was overtaken by 7-9, after a full count match with Woo Kyu-min, he hit a solo gun that crossed the right wall. It is the first arch of the exhibition game.
Moon Seong-joo, who had no hits in 5 at-bats in the first game of the demonstration game, is flying with a batting average of 0.462 (6 hits in 13 at-bats), including 2 hits in 3 at-bats against NC on the 14th and the game that day.
While Kim Hyun-soo (35), Park Hae-min (33), Hong Chang-ki (30), and foreign hitter Austin Dean (30) became the main players in the outfield, Moon Sung-joo challenged the competition for the starting position with a hard hit.
After the game, Moon Seong-joo commented on the home run situation, “I was aiming for a fastball, but the breaking ball was caught by the bat and I was lucky to hit a home run. It happens,” he laughed.