KIA 2022 transfer students joy… Giant third baseman and first-choice catcher ‘Arizona Dream’

The joys and sorrows of the transfer students were mixed.

KIA will take 36 players to Arizona spring camp in February. What stands out is that only two of the five players acquired through trade in 2022 were included. First of all, as Park Dong-won (LG) leaves for a six-month rental, there are four transfer students included in the list of pending players this season.

Catcher Joo Hyo-sang and infielder Byeon Woo-hyuk are going to Arizona. On the other hand, infielder Lim Seok-jin and pitcher Kim Jeong-bin cannot go to Arizona. Of course, KIA moves its camp once from Arizona to Okinawa, Japan. At this time, there may be a member change. Last year, there was a member change when we moved to Gwangju after the 1st Hampyeong camp.

What is clear is that the lack of Arizona members is not the core of coach Kim Jong-guk’s season plan. Last year, the players who completed the Hampyeong camp to the Gwangju camp eventually held out until the end of the season as the main axis of the first team. Im Seok-jin and Kim Jeong-bin probably don’t have a chance. However, it is true that it was pushed back once.

It also means that there are high expectations for Joo Hyo-sang and Byun Woo-hyuk internally. With the transfer of Park Dong-won, Joo Hyo-sang must grow into a first-team main axis catcher. The starting pitcher is actually leaning toward Han Seung-taek, and Joo Hyo-sang seems to be a built-in backup to support Han Seung-taek. 스포츠토토

Ju Hyo-sang, a right-handed and left-handed hitter, has been evaluated as having a good understanding of batting since Kiwoom days and having great qualities to become a complete catcher. Above all, there is an experience that general manager Jang Jeong-seok used Joo Hyo-sang as a backup in the first team during the Kiwoom command tower. However, after debuting as the first nomination in 2016, there are not many seasons where he has played as a built-in backup. In the days when Lee Ji-young and Park Dong-won divided the home in Kiwoom, their roles were bound to be extremely limited. Because of this, it is a season in which Joo Hyo-sang has to give faith as a built-in member of the 1st team.

Byun Woo-hyeok is a promising gunner who has left Han Seung-hyuk, a fireballer who has not exploded for years, to Hanwha. Right after taking office, general manager Jang Jeong-seok has focused on collecting promising players, saying that the team lacks a sense of big guns. So, at the time of Kim Min-shik (SSG) trade, Im Seok-jin was brought in, and this time, Byeon Woo-hyeok was also acquired.

First of all, KIA saw that Byun Woo-hyuk was more likely to explode than Lim Seok-jin. As the first designee in 2019, it is an unscratched lottery that only played 50 games in the first team. 4 home runs and a career slugging percentage of 0.386. He is said to have a long hitting power, but he has rarely surprised people with his long hitting power. It means to see the possibility in Arizona somehow. If you grow enough to compete for third baseman, existing infielders can feel tension in a chain. Realistically, it is a success even if you check the competitiveness enough to play as a built-in first team.

Crucially, 26-year-old Joo Hyo-sang and 23-year-old Byun Woo-hyeok both have the advantage of completing military service. For both of them, this Arizona spring camp is a great opportunity to establish themselves as key members of the KIA and a chance to change their baseball lives.

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