‘FULL SEASON’ HANWHA COACH CHOI WON-HO “PREPARING FOR MULTI-POSITION COMPRESSING STARTERS”
Hanwha Eagles manager Choi Won-ho has outlined his plans for his first full season in the KBO. The outfield, which includes new foreign hitter Yonatan Peraza and free agent (FA) Ahn Chi-hong, plans to use “multi-position” to clear up traffic and blend the old and new in the starting rotation, which has already undergone one round of compression .For Choi, who took over the reins midseason after former coach Carlos Suvero was fired in May last year, the 2024 season is the first season that he is taking steps from the planning stage. Speaking at Incheon International Airport before departing for spring training on March 30, Choi said that the first and second basemen will also play other positions. Ahn Chi-hong, a former Lotte Giants infielder, joined the team this season .Ahn will play both first and second base, while Chae Eun-sung, who was the starting first baseman, will play right field .With Ahn at first base and Chae in the outfield, one of Kim Tae-yeon, Jung Eun-won, or Moon Hyun-bin will play second base. The other two will go to the outfield.
“Among Kim Tae-yeon, Jeong Eun-won, and Moon Hyun-bin, we’ll see who has good offense, and then we’ll look at their defensive stats, and the best player will be in the infield,” Choi explains, adding, “(The other two) will prepare for the outfield, and if they have higher stats than the existing outfielders or are in good shape, they’ll be put into the game. “Moon Hyun-bin and Kim Tae-yeon are likely to play corners, and Jung Eun-won will play center field, but the defensive position of foreign hitter Peraza will be finalized after the team decides on a position. “We need to prepare a ‘third shortstop’ besides Lee Do-yoon and Ha Joo-seok, but Hwang Young-mook, a rookie who was invited to this spring camp, is the most stable, so we’re bringing him here for testing purposes,” he said. In the batting order, the team is looking to maximize the synergy of Noh Si-hwan, Chae Eun-sung, Ahn Chi-hong, and Peraza. “We need to see if putting them in the 1-4, 2-5, and 3-6 spots gives us the best chance of scoring runs,” Choi said, “and we’ll discuss the data with the coaching staff.”
The starting rotation is set with two foreign pitchers, Felix Peña and Ricardo Sanchez, who have been re-signed, plus Moon Dong-ju.For the fourth and fifth spots, the team has narrowed it down to four pitchers: Kim Min-woo, Lee Tae-yang, Young-gun Hwang Jun-seo, and Kim Ki-jung.”Two players with experience and two left-handers, Young-gun,” Choi said, explaining that “if there are too many starting candidates, it’s difficult to rotate and it’s difficult to test properly.” “I think Park Sang-won and Joo Hyun-sang are the players who should be in the must-win group,” he said, adding that Jang Si-hwan, Lee Min-woo, Kim Bum-soo, and Yoon Dae-kyung will be used in the bullpen .Kim Seo-hyun, who is in his second year, joked that his first year was not as good as Moon Dong-joo’s first year, and then added, “I’m looking forward to seeing if he can do as well as Moon Dong-joo in his second year. “Moon struggled in his debut season, going 1-3 with a 5.65 ERA in 13 games, but rebounded with an 8-8 record and 3.72 ERA in 23 games last year .Kim Seo-hyun bounced around 카지노사이트킹 between the two teams last year, posting a 2.22 ERA in 20 games and 22⅓ innings.