Kiwoom Heroes’ new catcher Kim Dong-heon’s stock price is rising. Not only the command tower, but also foreign aces raised their thumbs.
Kiwoom won 9-2 in the first game of the weekend series against the KIA Tigers held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 14th.
The starting pitcher pitched well with 2 runs in 7 innings, and Moon Seong-hyun and Kim Seong-jin finished the remaining 2 innings without conceding. Lee Jung-hoo made a big success with 3 hits and 4 RBIs, hitting at the right time at every turn. The bats of other hitters, including Park Joo-hong, who hit 3 hits including a triple, were also hot.
In particular, attention was focused on catcher Kim Dong-heon, who made his second start following the NC Dinos match on the 8th. He wore a mask as the starting pitcher for two consecutive games. Considering the physical burden of veteran Lee Ji-young, Yokishi’s dedicated catcher may be the most appropriate role for him.
Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki, whom I met before the game, said, “I don’t have high expectations.” It can’t be true. It is a ‘incident’ of its own from the first year of debut, from the beginning of the season to a new hitter coming up to the first team. Here, even the main mask is worn. Shows the expectations of the team.
Director Hong said, “The position of catcher is very important. As a result of watching from the camp, I judged that Dongheon is adapting well. Both offense and defense have parts that are not suitable for a young age.” That’s why I placed it close to the center line (#6) today,” he explained.
He continued, “Foreign pitchers prefer young catchers, and there are other aspects that only young players see in understanding players, so it is good to exchange opinions.”
On this day, Kim Dong-heon did not record a hit. He went hitless in three at-bats with one walk on four balls, but scored a run.
After the game, Yoshiki also raised his thumb, saying, “Kim Dong-hun threw as he led.” He repeatedly praised, saying, “I sometimes asked for the ball I wanted, but the catcher’s lead was very good. Although he is a rookie, he has good qualities in defense, throwing, and hitting.”
“The first game of the season didn’t go well, but today my pitching was good and I threw the ball as I wanted. It was comfortable to have the help from the hitters to score. I’m happy to have a much-needed victory for the team.” 메이저놀이터