SSG signed infielder Kim Sung-hyun to a three-year
On Tuesday, SSG signed infielder Kim Sung-hyun to a three-year, 600 million won contract (no option).
The 19-year baseball career he dedicated to Incheon was rewarded. Even at the age of 37, he received an extension as he is acclaimed as an “infield utility.
Kim Sung-hyun, a product of Gwangju Il-Go, donned the SK uniform in the third round of the 2006 secondary draft. He started to establish himself in the first team with 191 at-bats in 2012 and was promoted to the starting shortstop in 2014. In 2016, he posted a career-high 3-for-1 with a .794 OPS.
All five of Incheon Baseball’s championships came after Kim joined the organization. Two of the championships were won with Kim as a key contributor (2018, 2022). He is also a clutch hitter in big games and crucial moments.
However, his defense was not well-received as a starting shortstop. His shaky defense was a problem, leading to an ignominious 23 errors in 2015 and 26 in 2019. 토토사이트 His weak shoulders often caused him to stumble in his steps and miss throws in his haste. While his errors were in the single digits from 2016 to 2018 when he played second base, they spiked again in 2019 when he moved back to shortstop.
But it was a sacrifice for the team.
At the time, Kim was the only player on the team who could play shortstop, considering both his hitting and defense. That’s why SSG said he “contributed significantly to stabilizing the team’s power.”
In his first free agency after the 2020 season, Kim was rewarded with a 2+1 year contract totaling 1.1 billion won, and this winter, he signed a non-free agent extension with the team in recognition of his infield utility. As a veteran utility infielder who is highly utilized in the offense, he is expected to serve as a bridge between the younger players and the older ones.
Kim Sung-hyun thanked the club for the multi-year contract and said, “I am happy to continue my career with SSG. I will do my best to achieve good results with the juniors in the future.”
SSG went through a huge storm this winter. 토토사이트 추천 Former head coach Kim Won-hyung was fired, Choi Joo-hwan and Kim Kang-min left for the second round of the draft, and the aftermath of the departure of 23-year One Clubman Kim Kang-min led to a change in head coach Dae-no Sok.
SSG will warm up for the new season with a fan festival on the 21st. The team will then depart for Florida on the 30th to begin spring training.