Watch instead of hitting… Subin’s change in the second heyday
Su-bin Su (33, Doosan Bears)’s ‘eye’ is unusual.
Su-bin Su has a batting average of 0.252 (29 hits in 115 at-bats) this season with 8 stolen bases. There is not a single home run. Instead, he has a 0.368 on-base percentage, including 19 walks. At one time, his on-base percentage fluctuated around 40%, and he has been consistent all season.
Subin’s mission this season is leadoff.스포츠토토 He went on to bat 1 in 109 of 139 plate appearances. He’s not in an awkward position. He appeared in 1491 career plate appearances as the number one hitter. He is the second most familiar position after the number 2 hitter (1603 plate appearances). Previously, Doosan coaches used Soo-bin as number 1 because of his quick feet. Although it is a traditional leadoff type, it was far from the modern baseball leadoffs that prioritize on-base percentage, such as Choo Shin-soo and Hong Chang-ki. He has been sluggish over the past two years with a batting average of .259 and an on-base percentage of .324.
The same is true when looking back at the time when Su-bin was active. He had a high on-base percentage when he was good, but contact, not walks, was key. In 2014, he imitated the batting form of Seo Geon-chang (now LG Twins), who had 200 hits at the time, and left a batting average of 30% (0.306) in the only regulation at bat in his career. Even when he recorded good results in 2015 and 2020, the power of his batting average close to 300 was great.
But this season, Su-bin has changed. The hitting approach itself has changed. He is increasing his productivity with walks, not hits. His net on-base percentage reached 0.118, but it was the first time in 15 years of his first-team debut that it exceeded 0.09.
Reducing the number of swings is the key to success. According to Statiz, a baseball statistics site this season, Su-bin’s swing percentage was 40.3% (first pitch 15.8%), the lowest in his career. He also reduced the proportion of swinging balls outside the strike zone, but the pitching swing in the strike zone also decreased. It can be seen that he has become more careful with his hitting, not that he has improved in particular in terms of his pioneering skills.
He just watches and he can’t get results. After all, it was contact that completed the on-base. Subin Subin has a contact rate of 86.4% (13th overall) after the 2nd strike. As a result of his patience and persistence, he ranks first overall with 4.45 pitches per at-bat this season. He also controls strikeouts, which inevitably increase when watching the ball, with contact. He is only ninth in the bottom with 0.11 per plate appearance.
The 2023 KBO professional baseball match between Doosan Bears and Hanwha Eagles was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the afternoon of the 2nd. At the end of the 1st inning, Yang Chan-yeol with first base out and Yang Chan-yeol at bat, 1st base runner Su-bin Soo-bin slides back to catcher check.
In an interview with this magazine, Su-bin Su said, “I went out as the number one hitter this year. Isn’t the role itself on base? I tried to see the ball at least once, and I saw one more at a time when I could hit it. I think those thoughts helped.” It hasn’t changed my thoughts on approaching aggressively. I tend to look at the ball more when I shouldn’t be aggressive.” He promised, “It’s still early in the season. I’m on base (not hitting), but I’m satisfied with getting out. I need to hit (hit) and get out more.”
As the batting improves, the number of appearances increases, and the still defensive presence can be more highlighted. Over the past two years, due to sluggish performances and injuries, the number of at-bats has decreased, leaving Park Hae-min (LG) and Choi Ji-hoon (SSG Landers) behind, but Su-bin Su is still the KBO league’s leading outfield defender. He also led the team to victory with decisive lake rain twice in the KIA Tigers match on the 14th. Yang Eui-ji, a team senior, said, “I got goosebumps. If it wasn’t for Subin, I would have given 20 points.” It’s the same,” he praised.
Subin Sue said, “My value comes from defense. I always think that I am the best when it comes to defense.” It seems to be a factor that can bring victory.” When he brought up the story of the new defensive award this season, he did not hide his greed, saying, “I always want to receive it if it is a defensive award.”